You might think that fans of Avengers: Endgame have by now uncovered every tiny detail, reference and Easter Egg scattered throughout the three-hour blockbuster, but you’d be wrong.

Fans of the film may have just unearthed a (very small) reference to a surprising source elsewhere in the MCU – and it’s to the less-loved Thor: The Dark World. Who knew?

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Yep, keen-eyed Redditors took to the forum site to point out that when Nebula (Karen Gillen) brought 2014 Thanos (Josh Brolin) to the present, there’s what seems to be a history section at the top right part of the screen with the dates 2012, 2988 & 2009.

And, of course, the question on everyone’s lips is – who went to 2988? And why?!

Sure, the automatic assumption might be to the future, but in reality, the Reality Stone made a casual trip back in time – nearly 3,000 years, in fact.

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Fans were impressed with the spot, with one commenting: “I think you hit the nail on the head. If you look extra closely you can see the BC and AD toggles and 2988 is the only one toggled differently.”

And Marvel confirmed this was the case, responding to the post with: “The First Battle of Svartalfheim happened in 2988 BC and in your picture it looks like it’s on BC instead of AD. That battle is when Asgard defeated the Dark Elves and Malekith. The Aether was there…”

So it seems that it was an original place that the time heist might have visited to get the red Aether. Interesting.

Avengers: Endgame is out on digital download on August 19 and physical release on September 2, available to pre-order on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D and 4K now.

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