Originally Posted by LokiDionysos
Or some kind of "futuristic" camera
The design of which she steals from AIM and improves on after the end of Iron Man 3.
What someone said about a possible connection to einstein-rosenbridge technology, and the device allowing Jane prior knowledge about the attack may be right on the money. Einstein believed time-travel was possible according to some of his theories about time and space, with time being mainly an illusion. Einstein even believed that time-travel to the past would eventually be made possible--through wormholes that we'd be able to generate when we actually could generate enough energy to keep a theoretical wormhole open and stable. He believed that by that time we'd understand enough about the nature of time, space, and the universe to build off his theories about time-travel. AIM took great interest in these theories after Einsteins other ideas won the allies the war... Some of the theories Hawkings adjusts and builds from with his view of the only way that time-traveling into the past could be made possible. The common link is the theoretical generation of a wormhole intended to travel one through time, yet returns them to the same space in the universe.
One of the armies in Thor 2 being from other times may be right on the money as well... Furthermore, Selvig may continue to experience things-- to be shown things by the cube. Because of his particular exposure to the cube + his understanding of the universe beyond wormholes. An understanding that goes beyond Foster's. Selvig sees many things fast approaching and knows some of what needs to be done... but keeps getting stuck in the visions of Surtur and Ragnarok. The being that's possessing Jane might have skipped over to Darcy in the university by the time we see her meet up with Thor.
Other things Jane could know about are: Thanos, Masters of evil forming, Ultron, AIM/Hydra etc. And just how much destruction Malekith/Surtur/Kurse intend to cause with Hela overseeing it all. Aim hasn't successfully created time travel but they have a device which allows them to view the future... Jane Foster, Pym, and Selvig would repurpose this by combining it with wormhole generating technology in one of the future movies.
In the synopsis it says Thor's journey is one that leads him to reunite with Jane.
So she's there for a purpose that's tied in to the threats Thor, Asgard, and the universe are facing. Thor doesn't just decide to go visit her amidst all the chaos; and I'm doubting that Malekith or anyone goes after her, Selvig and Darcy directly. They get drawn into it... Thor meets her along the way and probably takes her/Selvig/Darcy along because they have information pertaining to one of the threats.
Wow, I love all these ideas! SO many interesting ways we can go with our plot outlines. Thanks for sharing them! I especially like how the scientific work is tied up in the greater arcplot of all the movies.
The writers will have to be careful, though, if they are using these ideas. Time travel can make things very confusing, what with potentially changing the future from which you came. Also, the power you are describing is potentially significant, possibly forming a constraint on the writers. So they probably will not want to put too much power in the scientists' hands.
I suspect the portable device Jane is carrying is somewhat limited in what it can do, because it has to use a battery. But maybe they have more equipment in their basement lab there on campus.