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Thor Brings Treasures of Asgard to Disneyland (Photo Tour)

Psst… If you still haven’t seen Thor: The Dark World, this will probably spoil most of it for you. If that’s the case, please stay on this side of the Bifrost and cover your eyes.

Loki’s helmet and shackles, the swords of Heimdall and Lady Sif, a hauntingly beautiful Dark Elf mask, the book that contains the history of Yggdrisil – they’re all part of what makes Marvel’s exhibit at Disneyland‘s Innoventions fit for the gods.

“Thor: Treasures of Asgard” invites the exploration of an epic collection of objects and artifacts brought to Earth straight from the helm of the Nine Realms, before transporting guests across the Bifrost to Asgard itself.

And while certain relics like the Casket of Ancient Winter and the Aether are too dangerous to display – not that The Collector would let the latter out of his milky-eyed sight – there is so much to take in, you won’t even miss them. Besides, once Odin’s voice booms down in a flash of smoky thunder, you’ll be so utterly gobsmacked by the awesome that your jaw will fall off and roll into a dark corner of the exhibit room.

Odin bellows the following to all gathered:

Welcome to “Thor: Treasures of Asgard,” an exhibition designed to create a better understanding between our two great worlds. 

With the discovery of extraterrestrials and ancient Asgardian “gods” and the reappearance of an American legend after seventy years, life on Earth has been irrevocably changed since the Battle of New York.

These dramatic new developments have been difficult for our world to accept, but astrophysicist Jane Foster has been working with Thor himself to forge an alliance between Earth and Asgard.

More smoky flashes, and the Rainbow Bridge that unites the dimensions opens, allowing visitors to enter the Odin Father’s throne room.

No, really.

As you turn around, not fully realizing what you’re looking at, hidden doors sweep open grandly to reveal the Mighty Avenger Thor. With his Mjolnir.

Hear that? It’s the sound of your mind being blown.

Behold:

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    To Asgard!

  • It all begins just around the corner from "Iron Man Tech Presented By Stark Industries." 2 of 16
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    To quote Tony Stark, "The point is you're welcome..."

  • Discover the secrets of an ancient realm… 3 of 16
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    Ok!

  • The Einherjar’s Shields and Swords 4 of 16
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    The Einherjar are Odin's most elite Asgardian warriors. This formidable military unit protects the Nine Realms as well as guards the dungeons in Asgard, where Loki was imprisoned following his assault on Earth. Wherever there is a conflict deemed worthy of Asgard's involvement, the Einherjar can be found defending the innocent and keeping the peace. This collection includes a number of shields, swords and sheaths used by the Einherjar in their recent battle with the Dark Elves in Asgard.

  • The Warriors Three – Hogun’s Mace 5 of 16
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    The Warriors Three are comprised of Thor's closest comrades and fellow adventurers: Fandral, a dashing swashbuckler and hopeless romantic; the fierce and brooding Hogun; and Volstagg, known for his hearty spirit and even heartier appetite. Each of the Warriors Three would gladly lay down his life for Thor and follow the God of Thunder into any battle, no matter how grim the odds. 

    Hogun carries a weapon as blunt and brutal as himself. He used his trademark mace during the Asgardians' interdimensional war with the marauders, a conflict that came to a violent and victorious end on Hogun's home world of Vanaheim. 

  • Lady Sif and Fandral’s Weaponry 6 of 16
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    Left: The Lady Sif has been one of Thor's most loyal friends and confidantes since childhood. She is one of the fiercest warriors in Asgard, and can always be counted on to fight alongside Thor and the Warriors Three in any conflict. Sif was also the first to suspect Loki of high treason during Thor's banishment on Earth, suspicions that were ultimately confirmed when the God of Mischief attempted to wrest the throne from Odin. Sif has used this particular sword and shield during multiple conflicts in Asgard: Jotunheim, realm of the Frost Giants, and Svartalfheim, home of the Dark Elves.

    Right: The brash and perpetually optimistic Fandral is a master swordsman, and can always be found wielding a blade much like this one, which the warrior used during the Dark Elves' recent invasion of Asgard.

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    The larger-than-life and gregarious Volstagg brandishes a weapon to match his outsized personality, a battle-axe such as this one, which served him well in skirmishes with the treacherous Frost Giants and the vengeful Dark Elves.

  • The Einhejar’s Swords and Sheaths 8 of 16
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    The Einherjar are Odin's most elite Asgardian warriors. This formidable military unit protects the Nine Realms as well as guards the dungeons in Asgard, where Loki was imprisoned following his assault on Earth. Wherever there is a conflict deemed worthy of Asgard's involvement, the Einherjar can be found defending the innocent and keeping the peace. This collection includes a number of shields, swords and sheaths used by the Einherjar in their recent battle with the Dark Elves in Asgard.

  • Heimdall’s Helmet 9 of 16
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    Heimdall is the all-seeing, all-knowing Gatekeeper of Asgard who keeps watch over the Bifrost, the means of traveling between worlds along the metaphysical branches of Yggdrasil, the World Tree that unites the Nine Realms. The noble sentry also prevents intruders from crossing the Rainbow Bridge that connects his observatory to the kingdom of Asgard.

    Heimdall wore this particular helmet for many years before donning a new suit of armor from the armory following the Dark Elves' attack on Asgard.

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    This hand-carved skiff is a fine example of the kind of toy Asgardian youth enjoy playing with in their distant realm, much like children here on Earth. Although Asgard is a technologically advanced society, this quaint plaything demonstrates that its young people enjoy using their imaginations to pass the time. 

  • Heimdall’s Long Sword and Daggers 11 of 16
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    Heimdall is the all-seeing, all-knowing Gatekeeper of Asgard who keeps watch over the Bifrost, the means of traveling between worlds along the metaphysical branches of Yggdrasil, the World Tree that unites the Nine Realms. The noble sentry also prevents intruders from crossing the Rainbow Bridge that connects his observatory to the kingdom of Asgard.

    Heimdall wielded the long sword and daggers for many years before obtaining new weapons from the armory following the Dark Elves' attack on Asgard.

  • The Book of Yggdrasil 12 of 16
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    The Book of Yggdrasil chronicles the entire history of the Nine Realms, from the birth of the universe through the present day. Odin has graciously agreed to display this priceless artifact in an effort to help the people of Midgard - which is how Asgardians refer to Earth - better understand their world's place in the cosmos. The book is open to a prophecy that foretells a battle with the Dark Elves, a dire prediction that recently came to pass in the heart of Asgard; the black plains of Svartalfheim, realm of the Dark Elves; and in the United Kingdom here on Earth.

  • Dark Elf Mask and Dagger 13 of 16
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    Upper right: The mask was found in the wreckage of Odin's Throne Room after the Dark Elves' recent attack on Asgard. The Dark Elves were born of the darkness that existed before the Big Bang. The creation of our universe proved to be poisonous to the Dark Elves... the light, the air, the very matter that sustains us is lethal to them. Designed to sustain the Dark Elves' very lives, these ornate masks appear as the Dark Elves once did: beautiful, noble and regal. But they only serve to hide what the Dark Elves have evolved into - monsters that wait in the shadows, biding their time as they seek to transform our universe back into one of eternal night. 

    Lower left: The Dark Elves had been thought dead for millennia, any evidence of their ancient race destroyed in the battle against King Bor and the warriors of Asgard. But the Dark Elves survived... as is evidenced by this ancient weapon, the dagger of Malekith himself. Forged of Dark Matter that predates our own universe, the merciless leader of the Dark Elves used this blade during his siege on Asgard. The blade now serves to remind us of the deadly nature of these ancient and wicked creatures.

     

  • Loki’s Helmet 14 of 16
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    Loki is the God of Mischief, the adopted son of Odin and Frigga, and brother of Thor. He is the biological son of Laufey, onetime ruler of the Frost Giants. Odin rescued the infant Loki after a battle with the Frost Giants in Jotunheim and raised the child as his own son. Loki's discovery of his true parentage fueled his treachery and treason in Asgard, and ultimately led to his attack on Earth at the Battle of New York.

    Though not pictured because I was absolutely captivated by Loki's helmet and the idea that this piece of costuming had actually sat upon Tom Hiddleston's head, to either side of the helmet are the dagger and shackles that imprisoned him in the dungeons of Asgard, on loan to the this exhibit to demonstrate Thor's pledge to protect the people of Earth from further threats from his brother and any other hostile forces.

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    Wow. Just wow. 

  • Thor, the Golden-Haired Son of Odin Himself 16 of 16
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    Thor smells like new plastic and promise, and invites guests to a personal audience. He won't let you hold his hammer though, so don't ask. Not that I said anything... 

 

The exhibit will remain open until early 2014. For more photos from the “Thor: Treasures of Asgard,” click over to Pilar Clark’s Instagram and search #ThorDarkWorldEvent.

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Photo credits: Pilar Clark, Marvel and Walt Disney Pictures (featured image and corresponding image in lead slide only)

Photo caption credits: “Thor: Treasures of Asgard” exhibit

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