Thor: Love and Thunder – a.k.a. Thor 4 – is finally here, and with it the grand return of Natalie Portman to the MCU. That’s not all the film has to offer though, with Tessa Thompson and Taika Waititi both returning, along with Marvel debuts for acting heavyweights Christian Bale and Russell Crowe.
As with any Marvel, it should come as no surprise that the film has extra content waiting after the credits though – so what should you expect?
Without spoiling anything (yet) we can confirm that the new Thor film has two scenes: one mid-credit scene that comes after the animated credit sequence and title card, and a second that comes riiiiiight at the end of all the credits.
Unusually, both of these move the Thor and MCU plots forward. It’s typical for Marvel to feature plot teases in the mid-credits and a silly joke at the end, but this time around there’s content and character reveals in both moments – so you really will want to wait all the way through.
The good news is that since the movie is less than two hours long – short for a modern Marvel joint – you should be able to hold that long before breaking into a sprint for the toilets.
So now that we know there are two scenes, what do they contain and what do they mean for the MCU? Spoilers below.
What does the Thor: Love and Thunder mid-credit scene mean?
This is arguably the more exciting of the two scenes. We cut to Zeus, apparently still alive after getting his own lightning – sorry, thunder – bolt through the chest.
He’s being nursed by his handmaidens (officially credited as the Zeusettes, incredibly) while he rants about the fact that no-one cares about the gods any more, and that superheroes have taken their place. He has a plan to set things right though, as he instructs his son Hercules to kill Thor – revealed to be played by none other than Ted Lasso’s oh-so-surly Brett Goldstein.
So what does this mean? Well, tied with the final ‘Thor will return’ card, we know that Chris Hemsworth will be back again some time in Phase 4 and we will see him pitted against Goldstein’s Hercules – usually a hero in the Marvel comics, so we suspect they’ll end up uniting against some common foe in the end.
What we don’t know is if that will be in fifth Thor movie, or if it will tie into an Avengers team-up, another hero’s film, or even a Disney+ show. Disney has stayed coy on Thor’s – and Hemsworth’s – future so far, but at least now we know it will involve demi-god vs god.
What does the Thor 4 post-credit scene mean?
The second scene is just as impactful – though we’re less sure what it means for future films.
Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster is shown materialising again into a new realm – quickly revealed to be Valhalla, sort of the Viking heaven, where she meets none other than Idris Elba’s Heimdall.
It could be that this is just a nice little coda. A confirmation that as Mighty Thor Foster did indeed become an official god and earn her place in Valhalla, along with a chance to see Elba pop up again.
It’s just as possible though that this is also set up for the next Thor, a chance to potentially allow Thor to cross the boundary between the living and dead and encounter his old allies again. And of course, in that case it also opens the door to returns from Anthony Hopkins’ Odin, Rene Russo’s Frigga, and even one of the dead versions of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.
Basically, if Marvel goes this way, all bets are off.
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