Thor: Love & Thunder finally got around to fixing an irritating plot hole left by Avengers: Endgame that has been bothering fans for years. It’s not as if the MCU isn’t home to numerous plot holes. Building an ever-growing franchise of films and television shows is difficult and keeping all of it straight is an undeniable challenge. Thankfully, Thor: Love and Thunder has at long last answered a particular question introduced back in 2019’s Endgame.
The big battle that serves as the grand finale of Avengers: Endgame gave audiences more than a few moments of genuine excitement. One major crowd-pleaser was the scene when all of the Avengers’ reinforcements join the fight against Thanos via inter-dimensional portals, thanks to Doctor Strange and Wong. Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie showed up with everyone else, riding her Pegasus Valkyrie steed, Aragorn. It’s unclear where Aragorn came from, however. There was no mention of the flying horse in Thor: Ragnarok, save the stylish flashback sequence where Hela slaughtered the Valkyrior. Aragorn also wasn’t seen in the New Asgard scene in Avengers: Endgame that showed how many Asgardians were left alive after their annihilation in Avengers: Infinity War. Valkyrie’s steed had to have come from somewhere.
Thor: Love & Thunder gives MCU die-hards an answer thanks to a throwaway line from the God of Thunder himself. Aragorn is seen numerous times in the movie as Valkyrie is one of the primary characters. Thor mentions the Pegasus directly in the film, jokingly calling it a “portal horse.” Upon first glance, this line is just another pithy joke in a movie filled with them. But Aragorn’s power of portaling helps answer the plot hole from the end of Avengers: Endgame.
How Valkyrie’s Pegasus Powers Work
Assuming Aragorn and all other Pegasi can create portals and travel through the MCU’s multiverse at will, not unlike Thor’s Stormbreaker ax, then his ability to show up in an instant appearance is easily explained. Marvel Studios’ decision to have Aragorn and other Valkyrie steeds be able to create portals eradicates the plot hole entirely. Assuming Valkyrie can summon her Pegasus from anywhere, as Thor does his hammer, Aragorn could realistically have been on an altogether different plane of existence before joining in the fight. Valkyrie could’ve been minding her own business, been called upon by Doctor Strange suddenly to fight Thanos, and summoned Aragorn right then and there.
Aragorn might not even be the same Valkyrie steed viewers were shown during Valkyrie’s flashback in Thor: Ragnarok. The Aragorn of Marvel Comics was actually gifted to Valkyrie by Dane Whitman (played by Kit Harington in Eternals). The flashback did show Hela wiping out most of the Valkyrior and their horses, so it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that Valkyrie’s steed met the same fate that day.
Whatever the genesis of Valkyrie’s trusty steed, Thor: Love & Thunder finally puts a plot hole to rest. In making the Pegasus’ portaling powers canon, Marvel Studios has effectively ended any lingering doubts on the viability of it showing up for the finale of Avengers: Endgame out of nowhere. If Mjölnir can be resurrected in the MCU, it stands to reason that Aragorn could, too. The franchise’s multiverse is only going to get more wild going forward, and a flying horse with interdimensional travel will eventually seem quaint in comparison.
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