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In the Thor film, the Bifrost Bridge connects the nine realms. The bridge connects to Earth in New Mexico. Shouldn't it connect to somewhere in Scandinavia? The people in that region are the ones who worshipped the Asgardians, so logically those people were exposed to them. Also, the Captain America film confirms that the Asgardians were in Scandinavia back then. So why did it connect to New Mexico instead of Scandinavia?

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    Obviously, the Scandenavians imported their ancient religions from the Viking colonies in North America, who moved there from New Mexico. It makes logical sense (as much as anything in Hollywood, at least). – Jeff Jul 11 '11 at 18:35
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    Umm, I think this is being over thought my friends. Do the words ”tax write offs” mean anything? Easy location to film? There are other, practical, reasons to shoot the film in New Mexico. – user6745 Jun 8 '12 at 12:04
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Honestly, there's no in-universe reason given. Thor landed in the desert in the middle of New Mexico because that's where the plot was.

I'm sure it could be spun differently by a sufficiently talented writer, to give some bullpucky reason (most likely something about sypathetic alignment, given many of the technologies required for the creation/study of the E-R Bridge were nearby), but those are just that: bullpucky.

My guess is the Frost Giants invasion of Earth was focused on the cold regions (where they were more at home) and they chose Scandanavia. Thus, the Asgard landed there (in an aimed transport) to oppose them.

When Thor was sent to Earth, it wasn't aimed. Odin just had it turned on, Heimdal said, "Yep, that's land alright. He won't land in the middle of the ocean and drown. Off you go!" The forming of the bridge is what attracted the plot.

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    Now that makes me wonder why they're speaking English too?! Asgardians ought to be speaking some flavor of an old Norse language, or something entirely alien. – user1027 Jul 11 '11 at 21:18
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    As they say on DragonBallZ Abridged: "I see we must speak the Universal language...English" – Jeff Jul 13 '11 at 12:35
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    It was also probably partially affected by the fact that in the current Marvel comics universe, Asgard is actually in the American midwest (Broxton, Oklahoma to be exact) and the writers of "Thor" took some cue from this. – casperOne Dec 30 '11 at 5:10
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I would assume that the bridge connected to any place on Earth. Since the tech on Asgard was WAY more advanced, I would think they could pinpoint more than 1 location on Earth for transport.

I would assume they sent Thor to New Mexico because it was in the middle of no where and that that is where Thor's challenge to become a true hero would be tested more.

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    Um...I'd say there's other places that are much more 'middle of nowhere'. Off of the top of my head: Antarctica, Canada (HUGE stretches of wilderness), the Gobi Desert, the Aussie Outback, oceans (~70% of Earth's surface), islands in oceans (there's plenty with little in the way of population), and, of course, Kansas. – Jeff Jul 11 '11 at 11:22
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    @Jeff - Presumably the point was to make Thor work on his people skills, and there's nothing else to do in New Mexico. – Brendan Long Jul 15 '11 at 7:03
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The Vikings stopped worshipping the Asgards as gods a long long time ago, so there is no reason for the bridge to connect to anywhere in Scandinavia.

Odin almost certainly picked New Mexico for a few good reasons:

  • Wide open spaces for a landing.
  • Low population, so as not to attract too much attention.
  • Enough population for Thor to prove his worth.
  • It's newer than mexico
  • Potentially higher moral standards (though if so is a decision from Odin's perception, not the author's)

Remember he wasn't banishing him forever. He was giving him a time-out.

  • Do you mean Mexico or New Mexico? – Tango Jan 23 '12 at 2:40
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    I mean whichever one is correct. – AncientSwordRage Jan 23 '12 at 2:41
  • New Mexico, then. – Tango Jan 23 '12 at 2:43
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    . . . newer than Mexico – Daron Jul 9 '17 at 16:37

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