Lightning strikes 2 times in Thor: Appreciate and Thunder’s mid- and article-credits scenes. While neither delivers jaw-dropping revelations about the foreseeable future of the MCU, each have huge implications for Thor’s future and could established up his up coming installment or even some spinoffs.
Turns out Zeus (Russell Crowe) is not lifeless. But he is pissed off after Thor (Chris Hemsworth) impales him with his possess weapon, Thunderbolt. He statements the environment has become much too fixated on superheroes and complains that no one particular has faith in the gods like they utilised to. He decides that Thor, a god playing a superhero, requirements to be introduced down. So he enlists the providers of his son Hercules, below portrayed by Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein (a.k.a. Roy Kent) putting on a quite comics-precise costume.
Thor and Hercules’s rivalry stretches all the way back to 1965’s Journey Into Mystery Annual No. 1, though their 1st assembly is entirely thorough in the miniseries Thor: Blood Oath (2005). Hercules grew to become a frequent visitor star in Thor’s adventures all over the ’60s, and their rivalry turns into a friendship, even though not one with out its share of competitiveness. Hercules is boastful, brash, and in appreciate with the notice that accompanies becoming a superhero he gets to be a little something of a superstar and joins a lot of iterations of the Avengers and the Defenders and founds the Champions (whose members involve Iceman, Angel, Ghost Rider, and Black Widow). Over and above his rivalry with Thor, he butts heads with the Hulk, who is jealous of the god’s attraction and folks-pleasing persona. It doesn’t assist that Hercules shares a intimate romance with Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters, a.k.a. She-Hulk.
It’ll be intriguing to see what route Hercules takes in the MCU, even though Goldstein’s casting and Love and Thunder’s goofy depiction of Zeus point to a comedic characterization — perhaps he’ll be the cocky d-bag to Thor’s himbo. And who is familiar with? Probably he’ll reappear in the impending She-Hulk collection on Disney+, which will star Tatiana Maslany as the jade giantess.
As the Mighty Thor, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) succumbs to most cancers at the end of Thor: Adore and Thunder soon after applying the past of her lifetime force to aid Thor in his struggle versus Gorr (Christian Bale). But she may well not be long gone for very good. In the submit-credits scene, Jane is greeted at the gates of Valhalla by Heimdall (Idris Elba), who tells her she is welcome to enter if she chooses. Jane smiles, potentially a small uncertain, and the scene cuts to black just before Jane answers.
In the comics, Jane dies immediately after a substantially lengthier tenure as the Mighty Thor and is given the alternative to enter Valhalla or return to the entire world of the dwelling as Valkyrie. She returns and gets Midgard’s sole Valkyrie, in a position to see the specter of demise hanging over just about every person and save them if she can, or escort them to Valhalla if she can not and they are deserving. Even devoid of the Thor mantle, Jane remains a superhero, balancing function at the morgue with cosmic adventures concerning life and loss of life alongside her Pegasus, Mr. Horse.
Really like and Thunder leaves the door open up for Portman’s return, and she could simply fulfill the job of the new Valkyrie and share a daily life with Thor and his adoptee, Appreciate. Of class, if Jane does become Valkyrie, the Valkyrie we now know, portrayed by Tessa Thompson, will have to obtain a new identify. But these are concerns for another day.