is no Arrow in the comic book references department, but this week we had quite a few little things that stood out--in addition to the more or less constant stream of references to Thor: The Dark World.
What did we notice that connected the episode, titled "Repairs," to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe or to the Marvel Comics source material?
The Exxon stand-in used in Iron Man 3's hostage scenario reappeared as a gas station in tonight's episode, as seen in one of the clips released earlier today:
The Bus's callsign (or maybe Coulson's?) is apparently the designation for the Marvel Universe, as seen in Thor: The Dark World (and countless comics over the years).
This one has, I believe, been used in the series before. We didn't note it at the time, though, so we are now.
It's one of the phrases that appeared on the Rip Hunter Chalkboard in Thor: The Dark World, and it applies here pretty well. Could the "Hell" that they all thought they were seeing be Muspelheim, the realm of Surtur?
Reader Александр Титов e-mailed us shortly after Thor: The Dark World was released, noting that Erik Selvig's chalkboard featured only eight of the nine realms and then the additional note that "S.... is the one of reliving."
We did catch a brief, fiery glimpse of Muspelheim in Thor: The Dark World (or at least, that's what most viewers are assuming it was) and the first movie featured a quick shot of the Surtur's Eternal Flame in Odin's vault, so it doesn't seem unlikely.
Well, there wasn't a villain quite like Tobias Ford in the Marvel comics canon, and there wasn't a Tobias Ford at all...
...but there was a mad scientist who battled Iron Man in his Tales of Suspense days, whose name was Professor Ford. He created super-tech and tried to use it against Iron Man, but wasn't quite up to the challenge.
Reaching a bit? Maybe. But it's worth mentioning.
Zenescope writer Troy Brownfield adds: