Thor Love and Thunder Post Credit Scene Breakdown
VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
If the MCU has taught us anything, it's that you don't leave until the credits stop rolling. For this video, we're breaking down the post-credit scene(s) in “Thor: Love and Thunder.” We'll be looking at the post-credits scenes from the latest “Thor” film and what they mean for the MCU going forward.
Thor: Love and Thunder Post Credit Scene Breakdown
Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re breaking down the post-credit scene(s) in “Thor: Love and Thunder.”
For this video, we’ll be looking at the post-credits scenes from the latest “Thor” film and what they mean for the MCU going forward. This means spoilers, spoilers, and more spoilers.
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In addition to being the most iconic God in Greek Mythology, Zeus has been a prominent deity in the Marvel comic books since debuting in 1949. “Thor: Love and Thunder” introduces Russell Crowe’s interpretation of the character. Faster than a speeding lightning bolt, Zeus seemingly dies at Thor’s hand halfway through the film. Of course, if there’s one thing the MCU is infamous for, it’s fake-out deaths. The mid-credits scene reveals Zeus alive, albeit still weak after taking that bolt to the chest. Thor was right about one thing, however. His actions against Zeus won’t go unnoticed. Instead of sending an entire army after Thor, Zeus entrusts this revenge mission to his fiercest warrior and son: Roy Kent!
Okay, not exactly, but can we give a sidebar? The post-credits scene for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” saw Eddie Brock confiding in a bartender played by Cristo Fernández of Dani Rojas fame. Now “Thor: Love and Thunder” ends on Emmy-winner Brett Goldstein, armed with a mace. Is this a new trend? Are all future MCU movies going to leave us with a “Ted Lasso” actor popping up? Hannah Waddingham would make an exquisite Emma Frost, but we’ll save the fan casting for another time.
Goldstein makes his MCU debut as Hercules, whose first Marvel Comics appearance can be traced back to 1965. From the beginning, Hercules is established as Thor’s rival. Technically, when the two first fought in the comics, it was later revealed that Hercules was a disguised Space Phantom sent by Immortus. When the real Hercules finally arrives in Journey into Mystery Annual #1, he inevitably clashes with Thor in a battle of strength and ego. Interestingly, it’s Zeus who puts a stop to their fighting, making his son and the God of Thunder shake hands. In “Love and Thunder,” it’s essentially the opposite with Zeus ordering Hercules to restore his godly honor.
It sounds like Zeus’ goal goes beyond getting back at Thor. He sees that superheroes have become humanity’s new idols while gods like himself are now considered a joke. Zeus wants people to fear the gods again. This could entail Hercules slaying one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes or having him target those who Thor has sworn to protect. If the comics are any indication, Thor and Hercules may start as enemies, but a comradery could arise. Thor has helped Hercules get out of a few tight spots, most notably saving him from Olympian Pluto. Whether Hercules ultimately becomes Thor’s friend or foe, we’re sure that Goldstein will go the distance in the role. Speaking of which, is Disney about to have two live-action Hercules?
The post-credits confirm that Thor will return, meaning we can expect at least one more standalone film starring Chris Hemsworth. While “Thor 5” has yet to be officially announced, we imagine that it’ll center on the conflict between the God of Thunder and Hercules. This would also be a prime opportunity to bring the Hulk back into the mix, as Hercules has held his own against the green guy in the comics. Although Thor will return, the post-credits say nothing about the Mighty Thor making a comeback. Based on the second post-credits scene, Jane Foster has gone to a better place and she’s likely there to stay.
From a puff of fog, Jane emerges in a mysterious realm. For a brief second, it looks like Jane might’ve survived her battle against Gorr and Stage IV cancer. However, it’s confirmed that Foster has passed on as she’s greeted by another familiar fallen face. Idris Elba returns as Heimdall, making him one of the few actors to appear in all four “Thor” films along with Chris Hemsworth. Heimdall thanks Jane for protecting his son, who goes by Axl and shares his father’s abilities. He welcomes Jane to the paradise of Valhalla, the Asgardian afterlife, as the film closes.
Valhalla has come up a few times in past MCU movies. In his first solo film, Thor speaks of food so succulent that it’d be worthy of Valhalla. When Odin passed on in “Ragnarok,” Thor hoped that there was a place in Valhalla reserved for him. In Norse mythology, Odin rules over Valhalla where dead warriors unite to prepare for Ragnarok. Of course, Ragnarok has already happened in the MCU. At one point during the production of “Thor: Ragnarok,” Taika Waititi planned to set most of the film in Valhalla where a giant showdown would take place. This idea was dropped with Ragnarok ultimately destroying Asgard instead. Waititi’s depiction of Valhalla here thus functions more like an eternal paradise for those who died a glorious death.
When Thor reunites with Lady Sif in “Love and Thunder,” he mentions that you need to die in battle to get into Valhalla. According to Norse mythology, half of Valhalla’s population dies in combat while the goddess Freyja chooses the other half that enters. Freyja also goes by Frigga, Thor’s mother portrayed by Rene Russo in the MCU. Marvel’s qualifications for reaching Valhalla are still a little iffy, but it makes sense that Heimdall and Jane would be there. Heimdall fell in battle, saving the Hulk before Thanos finished him off in “Infinity War.” Considering that Heimdall was a gatekeeper in one life, it’s only fitting that he would be at the gates of Valhalla to welcome Jane.
Although Jane wasn’t born on Asgard, she’s an Asgardian in every way that matters. Prior to the events of this film, she helped Thor save the world twice. In “Love and Thunder,” she not only proves herself worthy enough to wield Mjolnir, but the hammer reforms just for her. Jane solidifies her worthiness during the final act, endangering herself to help Thor, the Asgardian children, and the other gods that Gorr seeks to destroy. Dying in Thor’s arms following the final battle, Jane more than earns her place in Valhalla.
Jane and Heimdall are the only ones we see in Valhalla during the post-credits, but who else could be there? Of the Warriors Three, Volstagg, Fandral, and Hogun all died when Hela arrived in Asgard. Since they all perished in battle, we expect there’s a special place in Valhalla for them. Frigga also died in combat, sacrificing herself to protect Jane from Malekith. Although Odin doesn’t die in battle, he says that he can hear Frigga calling him before passing on. This line suggests that Frigga also has a say in who enters Valhalla, whether they died in combat or not. The biggest question mark is Loki… the one who died in “Infinity War.”
Although the God of Mischief lived most of his life as a villain and a trickster, he found redemption in the end. He got choked out trying to save his adoptive brother from Thanos, meeting the criteria of dying in combat. If Frigga has any say, we imagine Loki would be welcome in Valhalla. We hope to see more of Valhalla in future MCU projects, be it “Thor 5” or Season 2 of “Loki.” It might even be fun to get an entire film or miniseries set there. For now, this post-credits scene provides a legendary sendoff for Jane Foster, Mighty Thor.