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Thor: The Dark World's credits scenes explained

A lot of people around the country will have seen 'Thor: The Dark World' this weekend and that means the film's secrets are now out in the open, ready to be dissected.

Of those secrets I want to explain the two credits scenes, because one of them - the first - must have been mighty confusing for those lucky souls who don't have a deep knowledge of Marvel comics.

Being the first credits scene, and taking place half-way through the credits, it's obviously the one Marvel want film-goers to see most. It's similar the 'Avengers Assemble' sting that introduced Thanos, and it's related to the Mad Titan also.

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The first scene takes us to a galactic museum whose curator we'll be seeing again in roughly a year. He's The Collector, played by Benecio Del Toro, and shockingly enough he's an obsessive collector of things both mundane and all-powerful.

Del Toro as The Collector in the first credit scene (Credit: Imgur)

Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) come to him with the Aether, the powerful weapon discovered in 'Thor 2' and wielded by the film's villain Malekith. The Asgardians have decided it would be "unwise" to keep the Aether so close to "another Infinity Stone" - The Tesseract.

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The Tesseract was the cosmic cube that, in Loki's possession, caused The Avengers to assemble and in Marvel's Cinematic Universe both it and the Aether are "Infinity Stones". When in the possession of one person these stones give it's owner power over all of existence.

Del Toro's Collector finishes up by saying "one down, five to go," marking our first step towards 'Avengers 3', the Infinity Gauntlet and Thanos.

Thanos wants the stones and control of the universe. That will be the plot of 'Avengers 3' and next year's 'Guardians of the Galaxy', in which The Collector and Thanos will feature will further develop the on-going story.

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Now, moving on to the post-credits scene.

Many won't have seen this, and it's really quite an innocuous scene but it does set up what may be a key part of a third 'Thor' film.

Thor has decided to leave Asgard and the responsibility of one day being king to spend his days with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) on Earth. This will tie into how Thor's role in 'Avengers 2' and will play a bigger part in 'Thor 3'.

We didn't see a great deal of Thor attempting to adapt to Earth life in the first film and nothing in the second, so a third film could draw a lot from this before having to return to Asgard for reasons anyone who has seen the film will testify.

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Ben Skipper is a big Marvel nut and proud Whedonite. Impressed by what Marvel have done with their 'Avengers' films, he won't be truly satisfied until Mark Ruffalo's Hulk gets his own movie. Come on Marvel, make it happen already! You can follow Ben on Twitter @bskipper27.

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