- The T-shirt Banner wears (one of Tony's that was left in the Quinjet) has a well-known Patrick Nagel image on it. Nagel was an incredibly popular artist during the 80s.
- While Thor's tied to a chair, he's presented with a holographic backstory of Sakaar, with "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory playing at the background. At the end of the sequence, he's bathed in red light, screams, and suddenly finds himself in new circumstances, just like the end of the boat scene from that film.
- The ceiling artwork in Odin's throne-room displaying multiple scenes from Asgard's mythology is a clear Homage to the famous Sistine Chapel murals depicting scenes from Christian scripture by Michelangelo.
- Korg mentions killing three vampires, which is likely a reference to another Taika Waititi film, What We Do in the Shadows.
- According to the commentary, Valkyrie's method of opening an alcohol bottle with a knife is an homage to Once Were Warriors, where a character opens a beer bottle with a fish slicer.
- Parts of the prayer Thor prays for Odin are taken from the movie The 13th Warrior.
- Topaz's line "Tell her she's dreaming" when Valyrie demands $10 million for Thor is an allusion to The Castle. "Tell him he's dreaming" is Darryl Kerrigan's stock phrase when advising his son Steve not to take up an offer in the classifieds.
- The scene in the end, when Thor takes his seat in the spaceship, looks a whole lot like the bridge of the USS Enterprise.
- Soundtrack-wise, two of the tracks on the Recording Sessions are titled "You Gotta Get Your Right Hand Man Back" and "You Are the Worst, Burr".
- Korg's "Piss off, ghost!" line is a reference to a particularly viral New Zealand drunk driving PSA.
Shout Out / Thor: Ragnarok