Explanation of the post-credits scenes of Love and Thunder

Explanation of the post-credits scenes of Love and Thunder

Explanation of the post-credits scenes of Love and Thunder

Chris Hemsworth returns as the titular hero in the new Marvel adventure Thor: Love and Thunder.  (Wonder / Disney)

Chris Hemsworth returns as the titular hero in the new Marvel adventure Thor: Love and thunder. (Wonder / Disney)

Five years later Thor: Ragnarok gave a chance to the favorite Norse god of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the director of that film Taika Waititi returned to the character with Thor: love and thunder – now streaming on Disney +.

It is the fourth solo outing for Chris Hemsworth, who first played the character of Kenneth Branagh way back in 2011, and this time is joined by Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who returns in the as Mighty Thor.

The film sees the trio of heroes – along with the rock creature Korg, voiced by Waititi – as they attempt to save the children of New Asgard from Christian Bale’s villain, Gorr the God Butcher. There are also screaming goats, for some reason.

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It’s a typically colorful adventure topped off with Waititi’s signature comedy, which is receiving a hodgepodge of reviews from critics. And of course, after the credits, there are some short sequences for fans to feast their eyes on. One of these offers a nice farewell to different characters, while the other offers a glimpse into what the future might hold for the God of Thunder.

Let’s dive in Thor: Love and thunderThe scenes in the middle and after the credits and what they mean for the future …

What happens in the Thor: Love and thunder credits scene?

Russell Crowe debuts as Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder, likely to appear in the MCU in the future.  (Wonder / Disney)

Russell Crowe debuts as Zeus in Thor: Love and thunder, will likely make future appearances in the MCU in the future. (Wonder / Disney)

Halfway Love and thunder, Thor and his friends travel to Omnipotence City, the parliament of the gods, to try to amass an army of gods against Gorr. Their main target is the all-powerful showman Zeus, played by Russell Crowe with a miniskirt and an outrageous Greek accent. He doesn’t have much interest in helping and a fight breaks out, culminating in Thor fatally impaling Zeus with his own lightning bolt.

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Or at least, it seems fatal in that moment. In the first sequence of the credits, Zeus appears with a large chest wound as he is being nursed by several of his henchmen. He offers a poisonous monologue about how “it used to mean something to be a god”. He adds that people “just want to see one of their so-called superheroes” and that “they’ll fear us again.”

After publishing his menacing monologue, he summons his son Hercules and sends him to find Thor. A brief glimpse of Hercules before the credits continue shows that he is played by him Ted Lasso British star and stand-up comedian Brett Goldstein. The IMAX screen at the London press screening gave it a fairly vocal response.

Brett Goldstein joined the MCU as Zeus's son, Hercules.  (Getty / Marvel Comics)

Brett Goldstein joined the MCU as Zeus’s son, Hercules. (Getty / Marvel Comics)

Hercules is a significant figure in the Marvel comics, leading his series The Incredible Hercules and appearing as a member of the Avengers. Introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as part of the Silver Age in the 1960s, his first appearances involved fighting with Thor, but soon the characters bonded and became powerful allies, a potential hint as to where Goldstein’s version of the character will end.

The character has all the superhuman powers you’d expect from a god and wields a golden club that possesses similar strength to Thor’s trusty hammer, albeit without his magical abilities.

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Within a few years of his comic book debut, Hercules was fighting alongside the Avengers. As it is presented Love and thunder as villain and Thor-n alongside our hero, it seems likely that he will become a valuable ally. Of course, given Goldstein’s cute comic character, he’d do a great double act with Hemsworth’s increasingly silly version of Thor.

Hercules is the latest in a series of notable characters to be introduced via post-credits sequences, after Charlize Theron as Clea in Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness and Harry Styles as Eros in Eternal. The huge cast of the MCU continues to grow.

What happens in the Thor: Love and thunder post-credits scene?

Jane Foster appears alongside a returning Heimdall in the post-credits scene of Thor: Love and Thunder.  (Wonder / Disney)

Jane Foster appears alongside a returning Heimdall in the post-credits scene of Thor: Love and thunder. (Wonder / Disney)

The final scene of Thor: Love and thunder centers on Jane Foster, who died in the climax scenes involving Thor and Gorr in Eternity. We meet her when she arrives in an ethereal realm with a resemblance to New Asgard. Jane meets Idris Elba there as Heimdall, who was killed by Thanos in the opening scenes of Avengers: Infinity War. His return inside Love and thunder it had been a persistent voice.

Heimdall thanks Jane for helping protect her son Axl (Kieron L. Dyer) and the rest of Gorr’s kidnapped Asgardian children, before telling her she is welcome to join him and other Asgardian warriors who have fallen in Valhalla.

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This feels like a definitive goodbye for Jane Foster, who put a full stop at the end of her story after she was finally convinced to return to the MCU and got a chance to get into the action as a true superhero. And while it’s nice to see Heimdall again, it looks very likely this will be the last time we’ll see him, with Axl stepping up to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Thor: Love and thunder is streaming on Disney +.

Watch: Trailer for Thor: Love and thunder

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