(see w/ pics @ http://cobyscomics.blogspot.com/2014/03/thor-dark-world-prelude.html)
Thor: The Dark World Prelude
The wife and I were watching Thor: The Dark World on 3D Blu-Ray the other day, when she asked a great question:
"How did Thor get back to Earth after he smashed the Bifrost in the first movie?"
Wow. I guess I was so caught up in loving The Dark World the first time I watched it, I didn't even think of that. I mean, during The Avengers, there's that one part where Loki rhetorically asks, "How much dark energy did the All-Father have to use to conjure you here?", so that explained how Thor got there that time. But how'd he get back to Midgard again, after returning to Asgard with Loki and the Tesseract at the end of Avengers?
Turning to Google, I discovered Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost actually addressed this issue. Only, they did it in two comics I hadn't heard of before: Thor: The Dark World Prelude.
I couldn't help but ask myself,
Well, because, Marvel really did a crap job promoting these comics. There are a bunch of these MCU Tie-In comics, apparently.
And there's all sorts of answers in these Dark World Prelude Comics, too! Not just to the question about the Bifrost.
For example, that whole opening part of The Dark World where Thor, Sif, and the Warriors Three are fighting the marauders in Vanaheim... we just sort of open up there, with no explanation. Also, in the movie, Jane asks Thor where he's been and why he didn't come back for her after cleaning up New York, he tells her he had to restore peace to the Nine Realms. But why? What happened? We never really see in the movie. The Prelude Comic gives us a nice explanation:
Thor's destruction of the Bifrost continues to shift the balance of power across the Nine Realms...
So the Asgardians were basically the intergalactic police force for all the Nine Realms. With the Rainbow Bridge gone, they could no longer perform their peacekeeping