Thor: The Dark World is the forgotten gem of the Thor series. He lacks the basic Kenneth Branagh charm Thorneither does he have the explosive color of Taika Waititi Thor: Ragnarok. But what it does have is a gripping story centered around the Reality Stone, an essential part of Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Could this movie have had an impact beyond the Infinity Saga? This fan theory claims that a particular aspect of the film is the entire origin of Thor: Love and Thunderemotional climax. Spoiler for love and thunder ahead.
A theory posted by Redditor MultiverseOfSanity claims that radioactivity from the Reality Stone was the source of the cancer that ultimately killed Jane, despite her double life as The Mighty Thor. This may seem far-fetched, as a lot of people have handled the Infinity Stones. But Jane’s encounter with the Reality Stone is unlike any we’ve seen before.
We know the stones are radioactive, as Bruce Banner says they emit “mainly gamma” waves in Avengers: Endgame. Because gamma radiation is what turned him into the Hulk in the first place, he’s the only Avenger who can safely wield the Infinity Gauntlet. However, it is Tony Stark who ultimately brings back half of the world’s population, an act that kills him due to the sheer radiation involved.
Which brings us back to Jane. Those who remember Thor: The Dark World (and it’s okay if you don’t, it’s been a while) remember that the reality stone, also known as ether, infests and possesses Jane. While handling an Infinity Stone doesn’t cause serious harm to people, having a stone literally inside of you is another story, and it could have been the cause of Jane’s fatal cancer.
There is actually a real historical precedent for this. In the early 20th century, the radioactive element radium was used for all kinds of consumer goods, including watch dials and gauge dials, because radium naturally glowed in the dark. While the amount of radium used on these products was minute, the women hired to paint the dials learned to point the brush with their lips, which led them to inadvertently ingest much of the paint. Years later, these women have dealt with all kinds of cancers and other health issues.
Jane had a radioactive stone in her for days. It would be weird if she doesn’t have a reaction. It may be shocking to learn that Jane’s fate could have been avoided, but that only adds to the film’s thematic weight: Thor’s connection to Jane is both what kills her and what makes her heroic. . Jane’s Sacrifice should be up there with Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff when it comes to efforts to save the universe.
Thor: Love and Thunder now playing in theaters.