So I have a question about the Aether.
So the Convergence is what was making the fancy dimensional warping happen, yes? And the dimensional warping is happening because the Convergence means the Nine Realms are all stacking on top of each other. And the Aether was hidden by Bor, and I quote, “somewhere where no one will ever find it,” suggesting a place hidden from even Heimdall; this is borne out when Heimdall is unable to see Jane as she gets Aether-ified. It follows, since Heimdall can see the totality of the Nine Realms as well as a good amount of stuff between them, that the Aether had to be hidden somewhere on one of those… non-Yggdrasil places? They kind of have to exist because the Chitauri came from somewhere, at least, and they didn’t get a consolation world made for them like the dark elves did at the forming of Yggdrasil (STILL SO CONFUSED ABOUT THAT? ??).
So how the hell does the Aether break through to Midgard? It’s not part of the Convergence. It’s SEALED AWAY until Jane gets hold of it and becomes its host. Only then does it start sending out pings to Malekith and shit. The other place the warp bubble was sending stuff to was shown to be Svartalfheim.
I AM PERPLEXED.
think of Yggdrasil like the gate-system in SG1: you can intantly travel to any planet in the network, but that doesn’t magically stop other planets from existing. They’re still there, they’re just not part of the Alteran’s network. Now, this doesn’t stop someone ELSE from coming in, making a new “gate” and hooking in on the Yggdrasil “network”, and I’m guessing this is what Bor did; he made his own “gate”, in a different, hm, let’s call it ‘programming language’. Just different enough that Heimdall can’t “read” it, but similar enough that he and his guards could get there to drop the thing off and back. Now, when the Convergence opens all and sundry, the “gate” the Aether is connected with gets blasted open too, since, you know, it’s still a connection, albeit a not very oft used one.
Also, as far as I thought, the Nine Realms are just fancy Asguardian speak for ‘we conquered here’, as it does seem to largely (in movie canon) be places they’ve fought in/on/with.
*shrug* In that case, the Nine Realms are rather like the System Lords’ domain— yeah, there are other civilizations out there, but they’re really preoccupied enough with what they have to go making more connections.