Thor: Love and Thunder – now playing in cinemas around the world – ends with the words “Thor will return”, more or less confirming that Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder will be back for another Marvel Cinematic Universe rodeo. But it doesn’t just promise a record-breaking fifth standalone movie, with the Thor: Love and Thunder mid-credits scene even teasing what it might mean for our buff superhero. To add to that, Thor: Love and Thunder’s post-credits scene takes us to a place we’ve only heard of before, and leaves room in the process for a powerful return. In fact, the two credits scenes of the fourth Thor movie – the 29th entry in the MCU – brings back a character we thought was lost forever. But before we dive in headfirst, let’s take a look at that ending as well.
Warning: spoilers ahead for Thor: Love and Thunder. Proceed at your own risk.
Thor: Love and Thunder ending, explained
The big goal of Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) – the villain of Thor: Love and Thunder – is to end all gods. I mean, it’s in his name. But rather than kill them all one by one, which could take forever, he chose to work smart. With the help of Thor’s new Stormbreaker ax that can summon the Bifrost, Gorr helps unlock the door to Eternity, a being at the center of the universe who is willing to grant the wish of anyone who comes near it. the first.
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As Gorr sits in front of Eternity ready to make his wish, he expects another physical altercation with Thor, given that he is about to lose his life. But rather than choosing violence, Thor chooses love. In his final moments, Thor chooses to be with Dr. Jane Foster/Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman), who lives out his final moments as Mjolnir – the weapon that gives him all his strength – has also slowly taken away his life force. . This is why Thor had asked Jane not to participate in the final battle, but she chose otherwise.
Seeing Thor make an unexpected decision, Gorr pauses. Thor uses this moment to plead the uncorrupted side of Gorr – Necrosword, the weapon he wields, had slowly consumed him – and asks him to choose love too. Rather than kill all the gods, he can ask Eternity to bring his daughter back. But Gorr, who is also dying thanks to the Necrosword, fears there is no one left to care for her. The dying Jane notes that she will never be alone, hinting that Thor is taking her as a ward.
Gorr indeed chooses love over violence, as his daughter (India Hemsworth) returns to his side, holding her father’s head as he cries and breathes his last. Almost at the same time, Jane also dies, turning into golden stardust which flies away. As Thor and Gorr’s daughter stare at each other, Korg’s (Taika Waititi) voiceover takes over Thor: Love and Thunder, putting a neat arc over everything.
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He tells us he got his body back and had a kid with a guy called Dwayne, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Sif (Jaimie Alexander) trained the kids in self-defense after returning to New Asgard, and Thor has started a new life with his ward. While wielding Mjolnir, Stormbreaker is now in the hands of Gorr’s daughter, whose name is Love. And together, Love and Thunder – understood? – go on new adventures helping people across the universe.
Thor: Love and Thunder’s Mid-Credits Scene, Explained
After the flashy, vintage-style credits that list the main cast and crew, the opening credits scene of Thor: Love and Thunder takes us back to Omnipotence City. You know, the palace of the gods where Zeus (Russell Crowe) has orgies and shows off with his lightning bolt. It turns out that, despite his own bolt blowing a hole in his chest, Zeus isn’t actually dead. Surprise, surprise, who really dies in the MCU? Though to be fair, he’s a god – so he’s harder to kill than most.
As Zeus is nursed back to health by his young daughters (who crumbled at the sight of Thor’s penis earlier in the film), he launches into an angry monologue: “Before, being a god meant something. People whispered our name before sharing their deepest hopes and dreams. They begged you for mercy without ever knowing if you were really listening. Now, you know, when they look at the sky, they don’t ask us for lightning. They don’t ask us for rain. They just want to see one of their so-called superheroes. When did we become the joke? No. No. They will fear us again when Thor Odinson falls from the sky.
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As Zeus concludes his soliloquy, the Thor: Love and Thunder mid-credits pulls away from his face to reveal the guy he’s addressing: “Do you understand me, Hercules? Do you understand me, my son? In response, Hercules said, “Yes, father.” More importantly, guess who plays Hercules? It’s Brett Goldstein, best known for playing Roy Kent on the beloved Apple TV+ series. Ted Lasso. It’s clearly setting up Thor 5, although I can’t say I’m too excited.
After two major actors in Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale played villainous roles in Waititi’s Thor movies – Thor: Ragnarok, and now, Thor: Love and Thunder – the next villain is Roy Kent from Ted Lasso? Look, don’t get me wrong, he works in that role, but I’m not sure Goldstein will pull numbers close to Bale or Blanchett. That said, just because he’s in the mid-credits scene doesn’t mean he’ll be Thor 5’s main villain.
Thor: Love and Thunder’s Post-Credits Scene, Explained
Zeus isn’t the only supposedly dead character in the credits scenes of Thor: Love and Thunder. The post-credits scene attached to the very end of the fourth Thor The film features two characters who have both left the mortal realm.
The scene begins with the golden stardust of yesteryear reversing her transformation and once again transforming into Natalie Portman. She’s a bit surprised to find herself in corporeal form, as you can imagine. And just as she finds her bearings, she is greeted by Heimdall (Idris Elba), another dead man. Heimdall was killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, if you remember.
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Heimdall’s first words out of his mouth are the most obvious. “I see you’re dead now,” he says to Jane, before thanking her for taking care of his son Axl (Kieron L. Dyer), who was kidnapped along with other Neo-Asgardian children by Gorr. earlier in Thor: Love and Thunder. He then welcomes her to “the land of the gods, Valhalla”.
We’ve only been told about this place before so it’s finally nice to get a glimpse of this one. But what is more curious is why Waititi decided to include this track at the end. Is this just meant to be a gag along the lines of what we’ve seen in other MCU movies? Or is he suggesting that Jane and Heimdall’s adventures may not be over?
After all, the MCU has shown us that it is possible to return from the land of the dead. Example : moon knight, where the main character of Oscar Isaac found a way to escape his fate. And if there’s a woman in the universe who can figure out how to teleport out of Valhalla, Jane seems like a likely bet.
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Thor: Love and Thunder is now in theaters around the world. In India, Thor: Love and Thunder is available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.