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In the The Avengers, there is a post-credits scene where Thor returns to Asgard and then a post-post-credits scene (!) where the Avengers eat shawarma together.

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If Thor left, then how does he return to Earth especially given that...

...the Bifrost Bridge was destroyed in the movie Thor (2011), and it required a prohibitively immense amount of power to send him there in the first place.

  • I tried to edit in some information for my duplicate question here: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/28701/how-did-thor-return-for-shawarma but I'm not sure what else could be added – AncientSwordRage Jan 1 '13 at 9:30
  • My interpretation was that the first post-credits scene was the "real" one, i.e. the one that actually hints at what happened after the events of the movie. The second post-credits scene was just the punchline to an in-movie joke. – Martha Nov 19 '13 at 2:31
  • I suppose I can be persuaded to change the answer of a 2.5 year old question because pictures. – Joshua Shane Liberman Mar 5 '15 at 4:46
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As you can see from this post on Joyreactor, Tony saw the Shawarma Palace (later seen at the end of the credits) during the Battle of New York.

Given that the owners are cleaning up the broken glass in the background, it seems most likely that the post-post-credit scene is supposed to take place immediately after the battle (e.g. before Thor left for Asgard) rather than at some undefined point in the future.

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The Iron Man 3 Prelude comic shows that the Shawarma scene took place approximately one hour after the attack.

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    @phantom42 - it strikes me that Tony Stark is the sort of person who would notice that sort of thing, especially if he's hungry :-) – Valorum Jul 14 '14 at 14:52
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    I'd expect him to notice it more if there was a beautiful woman standing nearby. – phantom42 Jul 14 '14 at 14:53
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    @phantom42 - Well that absolutely goes without saying... – Valorum Jul 14 '14 at 23:58
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    IIRC, Tony spotting the schawarma place is mentioned in the director's commentary. – user1027 Mar 9 '15 at 20:01
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    @lightnessracesinorbit - I think your point is (semi-valid) but there isn't any other way to read it when you read the full comic. Tony calls Rhodes at the start of the battle. Rhodes says he's about an hour away but will obviously gets there as soon as possible. He arrives, only to find the fighting finished. That is literally the joke. – Valorum May 1 '15 at 11:29
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There is no specific indication of how much time has passed between the end of the battle and the story wrap-up.

Although Tony mentioned

going to the schwarma restaurant "next week"

the disheveled state of the restaurant and exhausted looks on the heroes gave me the impression that the scene took place between the end of the battle and

before Thor and Loki returned to Asgard.

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    That's what I assumed; the scenes are just shown in reverse order. – Gabe Willard May 14 '12 at 20:06
  • I will accept this answer, but I was really interested in a consistent theory that allowed enough time for Chris Evans to grow facial hair (although it was covered by a prosthesis, which explains why his hand is on his jaw for the entire shot). – Joshua Shane Liberman May 15 '12 at 21:37
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    The fact that they were going out of their way to hide the facial hair indicates that the facial hair is not supposed to be considered canon. That aside though - again, there is no real indication of how much time passes between any of the events. Some guys just grow beards in a few days. – phantom42 May 15 '12 at 22:59
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    And Thor being a manly god, might be able to grow a beard while you watch! – Thaddeus Howze Jan 1 '13 at 19:07
  • Chris Evan's facial hair was for another movie role that he was either preparing to film, or had started to film when they got the idea for this post-credit scene. Captain America was not meant to have facial hair, hence the fist over his face as @phantom42 pointed out. – krillgar Jul 13 '14 at 15:38

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