[This story contains spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder.]
The last moments of Thor: Love and Thunder propel the film’s main man into new territory.
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Before the credits roll, the film ends by opening a new chapter in the life of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) – from daddy bod to daddy god. Honoring the death wish of Gorr the Butcher God (Christian Bale), Thor effectively adopts Gorr’s daughter, who is brought back to life by eternity, emerging from the cosmic well with godlike powers. In the aftermath of all the losses he’s suffered, the God of Thunder forges a new path with his daughter Love by his side (Love and Thunder, get it?).
Love plays a crucial role in the film, appearing in the first and last scenes, with his death early in the film being what ultimately drives his father Gorr on his quest to slay all the gods. Subsequently, it is his reinvigorated life that allows Thor to discover his new purpose in life: to be a father. And then, who is she? Granted, Love doesn’t exist in the Marvel comics as far as the Earth-616 universe goes, which means she’s a whole new character introduced specifically for the MCU. And while Thor has fathered children through other timelines in the comics, the daughter of Gorr the Butcher God was not one of them.
Love is played by Hemsworth’s real-life daughter, India Rose Hemsworth, whom the actor shares with his wife Elsa Pataky. Whether that means mini-Hemsworth will now become an enduring facet of the MCU’s future remains to be seen, but given their true father-daughter chemistry, the love and thunder pair is certainly about to experience new adventures together on the road.
Step into the mid-credit scene and the post-credit scene. With Thor’s next steps well-prepared, audiences get additional insight into the Thunder God’s journey further. With so many comedic storylines, new characters, and continuously moving pieces to follow in the MCU, let’s break down the main takeaways from these end-credit scenes.
The first scene touches on a long-standing comic rivalry between Thor and Hercules. It opens with Zeus (Russell Crowe), who apparently survived his wound inflicted by Thor, complaining that mortals now look to their beloved superheroes rather than the gods to solve their problems.
“When did we become the joke?” said Zeus. “They will fear us again when Thor Odinson falls from the sky.” Seeking revenge, the God of Lightning entrusts his son Hercules with the task of confronting Thor – cut to the grand reveal of Hercules himself, played by Ted Lasso Brett Goldstein, Emmy winner.
While some may know Hercules from Greek mythology or even Disney’s 1997 animated rendition, this Hercules isn’t too far off. Like other iterations of the figure, Marvel’s Hercules is also the son of Zeus, often battling Thor throughout the comics over trivial matters, usually due to their competitive nature. Herc first appeared as Thor’s rival in the 1965 Marvel comics Journey into the Annual Mystery, and although he has his own comedic stories, the character most often appears in cross-team stories. In the current ongoing comics timeline, Hercules has been part of superhero teams such as the Avengers, Champions, and even the Guardians of the Galaxy. While the brief appearance doesn’t give audiences much insight into what the MCU’s take on Hercules will be, it’s likely that we’ll see Goldstein appear in an upcoming Marvel project somehow enough. early.
The post-credits scene reveals Jane Foster’s (Natalie Portman) next steps after sharing her final moments with Thor at the gates of Eternity. His destiny in the afterlife? Spend the rest of his days partying in the banquet halls of Valhalla. She is greeted by Heimdall (Idris Elba), a beloved Asgardian who was murdered by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
As Heimdall welcomes Jane to Valhalla, it raises the question of whether Jane Foster’s time in the MCU is really over. With Valhalla thrown into the mix, deceased characters like Heimdall, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Frigga (Rene Russo) and – depending on how the multiverse plays into this – potentially a Loki (Tom Hiddleston) could make cameo appearances. beyond Viking.
And while it may have been just a heartfelt send-off for Portman and Elba as the original members of the Thor saga, the history of the MCU would imply that death does not always mean really means death. In the multiverse, anything is possible.
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