The ‘Thor: Love & Thunder’ Post-Credit Scenes Just Brought Back a Fan-Favorite MCU Character

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Warning: Thor: Love and Thunder spoilers: As Marvel fans know, the end-credit scenes are sometimes the best part of MCU movies, and the Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scenes did not disappoint.

Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor franchise after 2011’s Thor, 2013’s Thor: Dark World and 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. The film—which is the 30th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe overall—stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, the God of Thunder, an Avenger and the former king of Asgard. The character is based on a god of the same name from Norse mythology and made his debut in the Marvel Comic in the issue, “Journey into Mystery #83,” in 1962.

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In an interview with the Associated Press in May 2022, director Taika Waititi—who also directed Thor: Ragnarok—explained that Thor: Love and Thunder follows the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, which sees Thor become overweight after the destruction of Asgard. “Thor is just trying to figure out his purpose, trying to figure out exactly who he is and why he’s a hero or whether he should be a hero,” he said. “I guess you could call it a midlife crisis.” Thor: Love and Thunder also sees the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who appeared in Thor and Thor: Dark World but hasn’t been seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in more than eight years. In an interview with Moviefone, Portman opened up about what it was like to reunite with Hemsworth as Thor and Jane, who becomes the Mighty Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder.

“It was so fun to work with Chris again,” she said. “I mean, first of all, he’s just the best person, he’s so nice, fun, hardworking and such a good actor. He’s so just wonderful, and it was also very moving. When we met, we had both just started dating our future spouses on the first one and now our kids are running around on the set playing together. So, that was so wild to kind of cut to 10 years later.” She continued, “Similarly, in the film, I think our characters are kind of reuniting after all this time passed and seeing where the other is in their lives, and so much has changed for them. I mean, it’s not similar places. We are in our lives as our characters are, but just the passage of time and how wild that is to have this relationship with someone that you’ve known for so long.”

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So…how many Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scenes are there and what happens in the end credits for Thor 4? Read on for explanations of the Thor: Love and Thunder post credit scenes and what it could mean for the God of Thunder’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

How many Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scenes are there?

Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection.
Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection.

How many Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scenes are there? There are Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scenes. The first Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scene airs after the end of the first part of the credits, while the second Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scene airs after the end of the second and final part of the credits. At the end of the Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scenes is also slide that reads, “Thor will return,” confirming that there will be a Thor 5 after Thor: Love and Thunder. So…what happens in the Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scenes? Read on to find out.

What does the first Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scene mean?

Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection.
Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection.

What does the first Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scene mean? The first Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scene sees Zeus (Russell Crowe) rant about how “being a God used to mean something.” Zeus was introduced earlier in Thor: Love and Thunder after Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg (Taika Waititi) visit Omnipotence City to warn Zeus and other gods of Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) and recruit them in their fight against him. When Thor tells Zeus of Gorr (who kidnapped dozens of Asgardian children), Zeus doesn’t seem concerned and tells him that Asgard is Thor’s concern. Zeus also tells Thor that he can’t let him and his friends leave because they know where Omnipotence City is and Gorr can follow them back there. A fight breaks out between Zeus and Thor’s team, which leads Thor to take Zeus’ thunderbolt and throw it straight into his heart, which defeats him. Zeus returns in the first Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scene, where he’s seen surrounded by women nursing a massive hole in his chest as he laments about how no one fears gods anymore because of superheroes like Thor. He then vows change this and won’t stop his mission until “Thor Odinson falls from the sky.” At the end of the scene, Zeus asks his son, Hercules, if he understands his plan. The camera then pans to Hercules (Brett Goldstein), who assures his father that he’ll make sure Thor is killed.

Zeus is based on the God of Lightning of the same name from Greek mythology. He was introduced in the Marvel Comic issue “Venus #5″ in June 1949 and possesses the abilities of superhuman agility, endurance, longevity, superspeed, superhuman strength, electricity manipulation, healing and precognition. His main weapon is a thunderbolt, which was given to him by a Cyclopes. Hercules is the son of Zeus is based on the god Heracles from Greek mythology. He was introduced in the Marvel Comics issue “The Avengers #10” in November 1964 and possesses the powers of superhuman agility, durability, endurance and strength.

What does the second Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scene mean?

Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection.
Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection.

What happens in the second Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scene? The second Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scene sees Jane Foster / Mighty Thor arrive in Valhalla, an astral dimension where Asgardian warriors are sent to after they die. In Valhalla, Jane reunites with Heimdall (Idris Elba), who appeared in Thor, Thor: Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Thor: Ragnarok but was killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Heimdall thanks Jane for taking care of his son, Axl, who was kidnapped by Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) in Thor: Love and Thunder, along with dozens of other Asgardian children. The scene ends with Heimdall welcoming Jane to Valhalla.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight in 2021, Elba revealed that he’d be open to returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I mean, you know, I think that the constraints of the sort of superhero universe are none, so everything is possible, and I think that you know Heimdall is an amazing character and still exists,” he said. Elba, who also stars in 2021’s The Suicide Squad, also denied that he had become a “DC exclusive actor” and used the word “seemingly” to describe Heimhdall’s death. “I think that I’m excited about the possibilities in the DC world,” Elba said. “And I think the word of choice to make note of is the word ‘seemingly.'”

Who’s in the Thor: Love and Thunder cast?

Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection.
Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection.

Who’s in the Thor: Love and Thunder cast? Thor: Love and Thunder cast see Chris Hemsworth return as Thor Odinson. Hemsworth has played Thor in nine Marvel Cinematic Universe movies: 2011’s Thor, 2012’s The Avengers, 2013’s Thor Dark World, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2016’s Doctor Strange, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, and 2022’s Thor: Love and Thunder. The Thor: Love and Thunder cast also sees the return of Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, who made her Marvel Cinematic Debut in Thor: Ragnarok, as well as Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who appeared in Thor and Thor: Dark World. In an interview with Moviefone in June 2022, Portman revealed that she was first asked by director Taika Waititi to return as Jane right before the current health crisis.

“It was such an incredible opportunity that Taika and Marvel invited me back in this way where Jane gets to become The Mighty Thor,” she said. “I got to work with Chris again, and with Tessa again, even though we hadn’t worked in the MCU together, but we had worked together on Annihilation. It was just such a gift to get to come into this incredibly fun environment, and with people I felt so comfortable with.” She also confirmed she was aware of the comics storyline where Jane becomes the Mighty Thor. “I think it was actually first mentioned to me by journalists when I was doing press for something around the time the comics first came out,” she said. “So, I had heard about it, but it wasn’t until Taika approached me. I mean, it was right before the pandemic I feel like that he kind of started talking to me about the possibility of doing it together.”

See below for the full Thor: Love and Thunder cast.

  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson

  • Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher

  • Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie

  • Jaimie Alexander as Sif

  • Taika Waititi as Korg

  • Russell Crowe as Zeu

  • Natalie Portman as Jane Foster / Mighty Thor

  • Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord

  • Pom Klementieff as Mantis

  • Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer

  • Karen Gillan as Nebula

  • Vin Diesel as Groot

  • Bradley Cooper as Rocket

  • Sean Gunn as Kraglin Obfonteri

  •  Matt Damon as an Asgardian actor playing Loki

  •  Sam Neill as an Asgardian actor playing Odin

  • Luke Hemsworth as an Asgardian actor playing Thor

  •  Melissa McCarthy as an Asgardian actress playing Hela

  • Ben Falcone as a stage manager

  • Stephen Murdoch as Miek

  • Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis

  • Stellan Skarsgard as Erik Selvig

  • Idris Elba as Heimdall

  • Daley Pearson as Daryl

  • Simon Russell Beale as Dionysus

  • Akosia Sabet appears as Bast

  • Jonathan Brugh as Deacon

  • Kieron L. Dyer as Axl

  • India Hemsworth as Love

  • Elsa Pataky as the wolf woman

  • Brett Goldstein as Hercules

Will there be a Thor 5?

Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection.
Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection.

Will there be a Thor 5? At the end of Thor: Love and Thunder, Marvel confirmed there will be a Thor 5 with a slide that read: “Thor will return.” In an interview with Wired in June 2022, Hemsworth hinted that Thor: Love and Thunder may be his last movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Well the last [Marvel movie] I shot was Thor: Love and Thunder, and it might be my last Marvel movie, I don’t know,” he said. “It was a wild and fun and wacky experience, as all Taika Waititi movies are. Played that character for ten, eleven, years now, and each time it’s been new and exciting, and this was no exception to that. It felt very fresh and it felt like we were trying something we hadn’t tried before. I was, in Taika’s words, I think a wacky, wild, romantic comedy set in space.”

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also told Total Film in June 2022 that he has “many” Thor stories to tell in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and would want Hemsworth to continue as the character to tell them. “I know this: there are many, many other Thor stories in the comics that we talk about a lot. And as we watch Chris Hemsworth continue to grow and evolve as a major acting talent, I would be excited to see how he keeps evolving this complex character,” he said. Hemsworth told the magazine that he’d return as Thor as long as each movie and story is different. “Each time, if the opportunity comes up and presents itself, I’m just open to whatever creative exploration can happen, thanks to different writers and directors and so on,” he said. “But I love playing the character, I really do. It always comes down to: ‘Is this script different to the last one? Are we repeating something?’ And when it becomes too familiar, I think that’s when I’d have to say, ‘Yeah, no, this doesn’t… I think I’ve…'” He continued, “I’d like to exit before people tell me to exit.”

Hemsworth also told Deadline in June 2022 that he’ll continue to play until someone tells him to “get off the stage.” “I’ll do it until someone says get off the stage,” he said. “There’s an adolescent quality to him, a sense of adventure. And a sort of fun immaturity.” He continued, “Working with Waititi], it’s something different each time, something fresh. And he’s a dear friend. He has the same sort of immature quality I was talking about. In the best way possible.” Thor: Love and Thunder executive producer Brian Chapek also explained to Deadline that Thor is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe character to have four solo movies, which is a testament to the character. “Well I would say he’s the only person so far to get four movies. That’s not necessarily a hint, but it’s not a restriction either,” he said.

Thor: Love and Thunder will be available to stream on Disney Plus around August 22, 2022. Here’s how to subscribe for free.

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