UPDATED! Potential spoilers, though, so you have to scroll down.

The biggest licensees of Marvel consumer products have been revealing their Avengers: Infinity War lines ahead of this weekend’s merchandise launch. Some of those toys may reveal a key piece of Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) near future and the fate of another popular Asgardian.

This is all speculative, as toys aren’t always manufactured to be completely accurate to the events of a film, but I believe these are pretty good bets. If you don’t want to be potentially spoiled by way of speculation, please read no further.

 

LAST CHANCE…

 

I MEAN IT…

 

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Thor is getting a new eye, and Rocket probably helps. Hasbro has two iterations of Thor in their Titan Hero series. The first version comes with the eye patch we saw Thor wearing at the end of Thor: Ragnarok while the second shows Thor with two eyes.

If you look closely at the two-eyed version, you’ll see that Thor still has a scar over his right eye, so this is definitely after he was wounded by Hela (Cate Blanchett) in Ragnarok. Also, the right eye is a different color, grey, compared to his left eye, which is blue.

The color change suggests that Thor is not going to be regrowing his right eye via some Asgardian magic. It looks much more like a piece of tech and we know from the trailer that Thor is meeting the MCU’s resident expert on robotic body parts, Rocket, early on in the film.

You may also remember that Rocket could already be in possession of a robotic eye. Baby Groot grabbed “That guy’s eye” in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 while searching for Yondu’s (Michael Rooker) prototype fin. Rocket told Groot not to put it back. The eye belonged to a Ravager named Vorker, and if you remember from Guardians of the Galaxy, it was his right eye.

Of course, Vorker’s eye changed from the first GotG to the second. It didn’t look all that human in the first film and was mostly grey with a piece sticking out of it. In Vol. 2, it looks like a normal blue eye in the center of a metal eye socket.

Thor does not have a metal eye socket in the Hasbro figure, so we’re not dealing with exactly the same eye. If Rocket really kept Vorker’s eye, he modifies it before giving it to Thor, or perhaps helps The God of Thunder get a brand new eye. Either way, we know robotic eye implants exist out in space in the MCU and Thor probably gets one.

I suppose it could still be a real eye that was regrown through some magic, but I doubt it. I lean toward tech and Rocket being involved. He and Thor have to bond over something.

Now, let’s go back to the Hasbro Titan Hero Thor with the eye patch to consider the fate of one of our favorite Asgardians. I didn’t catch this at first like I should have, but fans over at The Mary Sue noticed that this figure comes with a sword that looks an awful lot like the Bifrost Sword. You know, the one Heimdall (Idris Elba) always carries.

How Thor comes into possession of this sword could spell grave danger for Heimdall. I previously wrote about the likelihood of Heimdall dying while breaking down the mid-credits scene from Ragnarok and listed him as one of the most likely characters to die in my Avengers: Infinity War dead pool.

We know from the Ragnarok mid-credits scene and the Infinity War trailer that Thanos (Josh Brolin) will attack the ship currently housing all of the Asgardians. I believe Heimdall will die in that attack, as Thanos will have to start crossing off characters we know relatively early to establish himself as a much more formidable villain than we’ve seen in the past.

He’s going to destroy Xandar in the first five minutes. I’m betting on that, but Nova Prime isn’t a big enough character in the MCU. Heimdall has appeared in three Thor films and Avengers: Age of Ultron. His death will mean something to the audience.

Now, I also have Loki (Tom Hiddleston) dying, but I don’t know if that will be at the moment he hands Thanos the Tesseract (Space Stone), or later on. If Loki dies immediately after giving Thanos the Tesseract, then it’s possible Heimdall will be among the Asgardians Loki saves with that Tesseract, as that’s probably how Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) gets to Earth from deep space.

Heimdall could leave the Bifrost Sword with Thor so that the latter can defend himself. It’s not like Heimdall needs it anymore after the Bifrost and all of Asgard (the place, not the people) were destroyed at the end of Ragnarok.

It’s also possible that Thor never actually touches the Bifrost Sword in the film and Hasbro’s just included it with this figure as a cool accessory. The Bifrost Sword does not accompany any other Thor figures across Hasbro’s various product lines for Infinity War, so this Titan Hero figure could be an indicator of nothing at all.

UPDATE: Hasbro has paired Thor with the Bifrost sword for another action figure. It accompanies Thor in a Marvel Legends three-pack with Rocket and Groot.

Thor, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot – Marvel Legends Exclusive 3 Pack from marvelstudios

But I still don’t think Heimdall is going to make it.