There was a teaser/Easter Eggs in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ that grabbed fans’ attention, but the payoff didn’t come in Taika Waititi’s epic.  But those fans didn’t have to wait long to see what they anticipated as the answer seems to have come in the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ trailer.

In ‘Ragnarok’, Thor sends Loki to Odin’s Hall of Treasures to retrieve the skull of Surtur, in an effort to bring about the fabled twilight of the gods.  While there, Loki spies the Tesseract, the glowing blue cube first utilized by the Red Skull in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, back before we realized how all these mystic artifacts fit together.  Since then, of course, we learned that the Tesseract was actually the Space Stone, one of the objects of power that comprise the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos’ ultimate goal.  Loki utilized the Tesseract in ‘Avengers’ to open the portal in space that allowed the Chitaurti army to invade and trash New York City.  At the end of ‘Avengers’, Thor took both Loki and the Tesseract to Asgard for safekeeping.

The question that rose in ‘Ragnarok’ is whether Loki left the Tesseract right where he found it, safe in Odin’s trove (psh!) or if he was true to his trickster nature and secretly absconded with it.  Now in the ‘Infinity War’ trailer, we see Loki stepping over fallen bodies (of his fellow Asgardians?) and nervously clutching the glowing blue cube, before handing it over to someone unseen, who is probably Thanos.  After all, later in the clip, Thanos is shown with the blue Infinity Stone embedded in the Gauntlet, so… I mean, he got it somewhere.

In the trailer, we also see Thanos’ Gauntlet equipped with the purple Power Stone, from the first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, last seen in the possession of the Nova Corps.  Also shown in the trailer was the attempted acquisition of the yellow Mind Stone, which was responsible for the creation of The Vision in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’.  Not shown are the Aether/red Reality Stone (‘Thor: The Dark World’, last seen guarded by The Collector), the green Time Stone, housed in Doctor Strange’s Eye of Agamotto now located in Kamar-Taj or the orange Soul Stone, which is theorized as being located in Wakanda, which explains the heavy presence of Black Panther and his army in the clip.

The new question is, whether Thanos will succeed in acquiring all of the Infinity Stones…or if he even needs them.  After all, we’ve seen just how powerful one of those is at a time.  We know Thanos gathers at least two of them.  That’s already enough power to wipe out a planet!

Directed by the Russo brothers from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ in many ways represents the culmination of a decade-long effort by Marvel Studios. The film, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olson, Sebastian Stan, and too many others to count, is due to arrive in theaters on May 4, 2018.