[This story contains spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder.]
The ultimate moments of Thor: Love and Thunder propelled the movie’s main man into new territory.
Earlier than the credit roll, the movie closes out by opening a brand new chapter in Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) life — from dad bod to dad god. In honoring Gorr the God Butcher’s (Christian Bale) dying want, Thor successfully adopts Gorr’s daughter, who’s introduced again to life by Eternity, rising from the cosmic wishing nicely with god-like powers. Within the aftermath of all of the loss that he has endured, the God of Thunder forges a brand new path together with his daughter Love by his aspect (Love and Thunder, get it?).
Love performs a vital position within the movie, showing within the first and last scenes, together with her dying initially of the film being what finally units her father Gorr on his quest to homicide all gods. Subsequently, it is her reinvigorated life that enables Thor to find his personal new function in life — to be a father. And so, who’s she? To make certain, Love doesn’t exist within the Marvel comics so far as the Earth-616 universe is anxious, which suggests she’s an all new character launched particularly for the MCU. And whereas Thor has fathered kids throughout different timelines within the comics, the daughter of Gorr the God Butcher was not one among them.
Love is performed by Hemsworth’s real-life daughter India Rose Hemsworth, with whom the actor shares his spouse Elsa Pataky. Whether or not which means that mini-Hemsworth will now change into an everlasting side in the way forward for MCU remains to be to be seen, however given their actual father-daughter chemistry, the Love and Thunder pair is actually poised to tackle new adventures collectively down the street.
Enter the mid-credit scene and post-credit scene. With Thor’s subsequent steps properly ready, audiences get an extra glimpse into what’s subsequent within the God of Thunder’s journey. With so many comedian storylines, new characters and repeatedly transferring components to observe within the MCU, let’s break down the important thing takeaways from these end-credit scenes.
The primary scene addresses a long-standing comedian rivalry between Thor and Hercules. It opens with Zeus (Russell Crowe), who apparently survived his Thor-inflicted wound, complaining that mortals now look to their beloved superheroes somewhat than the gods to unravel their issues.
“When did we change into the joke?” Zeus says. “They’ll concern us once more when Thor Odinson falls from the sky.” Hellbent on revenge, the lightning god bestows his son Hercules with the duty of taking up Thor — minimize to the massive reveal of Hercules himself, performed by Ted Lasso Emmy winner Brett Goldstein.
Whereas some might know Hercules from Greek mythology and even the Disney 1997 animated interpretation, this Hercules is not too far off. Like different iterations of the determine, Marvel’s Hercules can also be the son of Zeus, usually stepping into fights with Thor all through the comics over trivial issues, often a results of their aggressive nature. The actor first appeared as Thor’s rival within the 1965 Marvel comedian Journey Into Thriller Annual, and whereas he has his personal comedian storylines, the character most frequently seems in workforce crossover tales. Inside the present timeline of ongoing comics, Hercules has served on superhero groups such because the Avengers, the Champions and even the Guardians of the Galaxy. Whereas the temporary look would not give audiences a lot perception into what the MCU’s tackle Hercules might be, it is doubtless that we’ll see Goldstein seem in an upcoming Marvel venture a technique or one other quickly sufficient.
The post-credits scene reveals Jane Foster’s (Natalie Portman) subsequent steps after sharing her last moments with Thor on the gates of Eternity. Her destiny within the afterlife? To spend the remainder of her days celebrating within the banquet halls of Valhalla. She’s greeted by Heimdall (Idris Elba), a beloved Asgardian who was murdered by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity Warfare.
As Heimdall welcomes Jane into Valhalla, it raises the query whether or not Jane Foster’s time within the MCU is actually completed. With Valhalla thrown into the combo, deceased characters like Heimdall, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Frigga (Rene Russo) and — relying on how the multiverse performs into this — doubtlessly a Loki (Tom Hiddleston) might make appearances from the Viking afterlife.
And whereas this will likely have been only a heartfelt sendoff for Portman and Elba as unique members of the Thor saga, the historical past of the MCU would suggest that useless would not all the time trully imply useless. Within the multiverse, something is feasible.