The second scene is quite a bit more straightforward. From the end of the credits we cut back to where we left Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), alone in her London apartment and waiting for Thor’s return. Rather than taking a whole two years this time, however, with a crack of lightning Thor returns to Midgard a.k.a. Earth to be with his lady love. The scene then ends on a comical note as we see the Jotunheim monster (possibly the bilgesnipe referenced in The Avengers?) still running around our world, chasing birds.

While the first post-credits sequence was more of a setup for Guardians of the Galaxy and maybe even The Avengers 3, one can see the second being more built towards The Avengers: Age of Ultron and very likely Thor 3. The God of Thunder is now Earthbound, which not only means that he will be on-call when S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers need him, but also that he is very, very far away from Asgard, where Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has just taken over the throne while disguised as Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins). The possible implications of this are far too numerous to go over here, but we should get a better idea of the picture as we slowly move towards Phase Three.

In terms of impact and momentum shifting, these end credit sequences are the biggest since Nick Fury first told Tony Stark about the Avengers Initiative in 2008’s Iron Man. But what did you think of them? Hit the comments with your thoughts and theories about where this may lead!

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