Love and Thunder post-credits scenes, explained
The following story contains spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder.
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The film, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Tessa Thompson, brought fans together to see a showdown between the two Thors and an evil villain named Gorr the Butcher God, and largely delivered. But what the film did best was when it was played to its extreme: letting writer/director Taika Waititi craft a funny yet caring story (with plenty of one-liners and memorable jokes), and letting Christian Bale devour him as the villainous Gorr. Russell Crowe’s brief appearance as Zeus, talking orgies and flexing his flabby muscles, was also pretty darn awesome. Whether love and thunder is Ragnarok redux, then Russell Crowe fits right in as Jeff Goldblum 2.0.
The film ends without too many details: Jane Foster unfortunately succumbs to her cancer, fighting one last time to help Thor defeat Gorr. After a change of heart and his own death, Thor finds himself with Gorr’s reborn daughter as his own new child (according to Korg’s narration, they are the titular Love and Thunder). Valkyie is still a badass leader in general, and the legend goes on and on.
But it’s a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. And there’s a future to be put in place – we’ve seen enough to know the drill! Let’s go, shall we?
How many credits scenes are in Thor: Love and Thunder?
There are two credits scenes in Thor: Love and Thunder. Be sure to stay until the end of the credits!
Post-credits scene 1: Meet Hercules
Shocking! No pun intended. After their big confrontation and being struck by his own lightning bolt, Zeus (Russell Crowe) is still alive, being fed and cared for by many women. What a dick. And he’s not happy. He exacts revenge on Thor and his friends and ensures that his strongest son, Hercules, will take matters into his own hands.
And then we see Hercules – played by none other than Ted Lasso starring Brett Goldstein. Goldstein is an intense grump with a heart of gold in Ted Lasso as aging football star-turned-host-turned-coach Roy Kent, and it looks like he’ll at least channel the “intense” and “grumpy” parts of that while playing Hercules. It remains to see the “heart of gold” part.
But can we just say how delightful this cast is? Ted Lasso is a great show because beyond star Jason Sudeikis, the cast is just awesome, and Goldstein was one of the real breakthroughs. We can’t wait to see what he does in this role in the future.
Also, in case you didn’t know, Hercules has a long history in the Marvel world, so his introduction here makes a lot of sense. Hercules was first introduced in Marvel comics in October 1965, in Journey into Mystery Annual #1, and was often a member of the Avengers.
Thus, despite the fact that love and thunder seems to set him up as a future enemy (perhaps Hercules becoming the equivalent of Thor for the team that Val is putting together?), it’s likely that sooner or later he’ll be on the side of the good guys.
Post-credits scene 2: Welcome to Valhalla
If you were to enter the afterlife, what better face to greet you than that of Mr. Idris Elba? That’s exactly what happens in the second Thor: Love and Thunder post-credits scene, when Jane Foster, reformulated from the golden dust she has become, wakes up in Valhalla. Elba of course plays Heimdall, the guardian of the bifrost and one of Thor’s best friends. It’s only fitting that he meets Jane at the door on her grand arrival.
Valhalla has already been mentioned and is known as the heavenly place of the afterlife, both in the Marvel Thor canon and current mythology.
One interesting thing to think about is that we see here, in a tangible way, that Valhalla is not just the idea of an afterlife, but rather a physical place that these fallen Asgardians (or, in Jane’s case, the adjacent Asgardians) are transported. . Waititi previously said that for a brief moment, much of Thor: Ragnarok was going to take place in Valhalla. It therefore remains possible that in the future Thor adventure, or some other form of team-up film, a return to Valhalla could be in the cards.
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