Thor: Love and Thunder’s two after-credits scenes explained

Thor’s latest adventure sends him on a journey of maturity and self-discovery. He reunites with old lovers, makes some new friends, and makes some new enemies. Of course, things don’t end with the credits; like most Marvel movies, Thor: Love and Thunder has an additional revelation hidden in his credits.

love and thunder features two credits scenes. The first happens mid-credits, the second after everyone has rolled the dice. The first seems to be the main tease, but the second is still worth hanging on to.

[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder.]

Thor: Love and Thunder involves the death of some gods as you might imagine from a movie where the antagonist is named Gorr the God Butcher. However, it’s Thor’s dealings with Zeus that gets him in hot water at the time of the credits. In the first post-credits scene, we see Zeus, who survived a lightning strike to the chest, angrily orders Hercules to defeat Thor. In this brief scene, Hercules is played by Brett Goldstein – best known for his role as the foul-mouthed Roy Kent Teddy Lasso.

While this is the first appearance of Hercules in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is a familiar face in Marvel’s Thor stories and the wider Marvel Comics universe. Introduced as Thor’s rival divine fighter in the 1960s, Hercules became a recurring character, rising into the ranks of the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and even some solo series of his own. He’s also one of Marvel’s queer characters, true to ancient Greek social mores, and is currently dating superhero (and Kate Bishop’s ex-boyfriend) Marvel Boy.

Hercules rushes through a fight to grab Marvel Boy's lapel and kiss him in Guardians of the Galaxy #6 (2020).

Image: Al Ewing, Marcio Takara/Marvel Comics

In the post-credits scene love and thunder concludes Jane Foster’s story by showing her at the gates of Valhalla. She is confused when she gets there, but is quickly greeted by Heimdall, who is apparently still relegated to being the bouncer even in the afterlife. Now how exactly Jane made it to Valhalla after not dying in battle but dying afterward, although we’re told that doesn’t count is unclear.

Jane also went to Valhalla in the comics after throwing Mjolnir into the center of the sun to defeat one of Asgard’s greatest enemies and succumbing to the ravages of cancer without its divine power. But before she could cross the great gates, the Allfather was moved by her sacrifice to combine his own Odin force with Thor’s lightning to bring Jane back to life. She returned to chemotherapy and her cancer receded long enough to ride the wind one last time as the mighty Thor in the War of the Realms, and subsequently become the newest Valkyrie.

Now, in the world of the MCU, the machinations of actors’ schedules and salaries have a much larger impact on whether characters come back from the dead, but suffice it to say: just because Jane is in Valhalla now doesn’t mean we never will will see her again. Thor: Love and Thunder’s two after-credits scenes explained

Charles Jones

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