‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Post-Credits Scenes Explained as Marvel Movie Comes to Disney Plus

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Thor: Love and Thunder landed in theaters in July and fell on Disney+ and digital stores Thursday. The movie is that of Asgardian Avenger fourth solo adventureand the 29 Marvel Cinematic Universe film from 2008. He sees director Taika Waititi, previously responsible for 2017 Thor: Ragnarokputting his comedic spin on yet another superhero caper (and its two post-credits scenes).

It will be released on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on September 27, with a slew of behind-the-scenes features, deleted scenes, and a director’s commentary from Waititi.

The film catches up with Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) after the events of Avengers: Endgame, in which he decided to join the Guardians of the Galaxy. He also reunites with former flame Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who was empowered by his old hammer Mjolnir and became the Mighty Thor, as they face the fearsome threat of Gorr the Butcher God (Christian Bale).

Once you have wrap your head around the end of the movie and his another delicious cameoit’s time to spin your enchanted hammer and jump into SPOILERS for the mid- and post-credits scenes.

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A vengeful god

In the mid-credits scene, it’s revealed that Zeus (Russell Crowe) survived after Thor detonated the Greek god’s own lightning bolt in his chest. Groomed on his throne, Zeus expresses his fury that people now worship superheroes rather than gods.

“They will fear us again when they see Thor Odinson fall from the sky,” he said bitterly. “Do you understand me, Hercules? Do you understand me, my son?

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Brett Goldstein, who appears as Hercules in the mid-credits scene of Thor: Love and Thunder, displays his godlike strength as he holds up the Emmy he won for Ted Lasso in 2021.

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We’re introduced to the MCU’s Hercules (Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso’s lovable grumpy Roy Kent).

“Yes, father,” he growls.

What does it mean?

Marvel’s Hercules Was Introduced In The Comics As A Rival To Thor back to the 60s, but later became his ally and joined the Avengers. He appeared regularly in the decades since his debut, occasionally starring in his own series. Herc is a bit of a braggart, but a reliable friend to his fellow heroes.

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Hercules has starred in several comic book series since the ’60s, but usually appears as a supporting character.

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The character was first seen as a fool of the time-traveling villain Immortusbut this version was later revealed to be an impostor — mostly because it didn’t quite fit his later characterization, and because “impostor” is a classic comic book explanation for such discrepancies.

Immortus partially inspired Loki’s villain The one who stays, who was an alternate reality version of future MCU villain Kang. Since movies and shows regularly riff on classic comic book stories, it’s possible that Hercules will team up with Kang on his quest to defeat Thor.

Either way, it’s likely that Hercules and Thor will become allies at some point in the future – Goldstein is just too popular and lovable to stay bad. However, he told Variety on July 18 that he had not been informed of any plans for the character.

“I’m really, honestly – it’s not me lying or being shy – I don’t know anything,” the actor said. “All I know is what I did that day and that’s it. It could be that. It was a funny three seconds.”

He’s also the second Ted Lasso actor to recently make an appearance in the MCU’s post-credits scene. Cristo Fernández, best known for portraying Dani ‘Football is Life’ Rojas in the Apple TV Plus series, appeared in one of Additional scenes from Spider-Man: No Way Home in December.

Life after death

As Thor struggled to keep Gorr from reaching almighty Eternity and wished for all gods to be annihilated, Jane quit her cancer treatment to take up Mjolnir one last time and rode to his aid. The heroic duo managed to convince Gorr to abandon her genocidal campaign, but she lost her battle with illness soon after.

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Heimdall returns in Love and Thunder’s post-credits preview of the Asgardian afterlife.

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The post-credits scene reunites us with Jane after she dies, as she walks through a portal and finds herself in a beautiful mountainous location. She is greeted by Heimdall (Idris Elba), the all-seeing guardian of Asgard’s Bifrost Bridge who was killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

“You are welcome here in the land of the gods,” he said warmly. “Welcome to Valhalla.”

What does it mean?

Valhalla, the Asgardian paradise inspired by Norse mythology, was mentioned earlier in the film. When Thor encounters an injured Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) after meeting Gorr, she urges him to let her die so she can go to Valhalla. Thor reminds her that she would only go there if she died in battle, so she agrees to go to New Asgard and seek treatment.

When Jane dies in Thor’s (massive) arms after the final fight with Gorr, she disintegrates into stardust like Odin (Anthony Hopkins) did in Thor: Ragnarok, hinting that she had been accepted as Asgardian despite being born human.

This may mean that Jane will be allowed to rest among the other Fallen Gods in the afterlife and we won’t see her again (especially since getting Portman, Elba and Hopkins back would be expensive). However, post-credits scenes in the MCU are usually used to set up future storylines, and Jane’s comic counterpart became a Valkyrie after her stint at the conclusion of Mighty Thor.

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Jane’s comic superhero career led to her becoming a Valkyrie.

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In the MCU, this group of elite female warriors were slaughtered in battle with the death goddess Hela. King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) was the sole survivor. In the comics and Norse mythology, the Valkyries guide those who fall in battle in Valhalla, so their MCU counterparts may have continued to serve a similar purpose – Jane may eventually join their ranks.

Valhalla is the third afterlife dimension we’ve seen in the MCU, following the Ancestral Plane in Black Panther and the Duat and the Field of Reeds in Moon Knight. If Thor has a near-death experience, he might see Jane again.

Could Loki be in Valhalla?

The Original Loki MCU died, after being killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War (the one we followed in the Disney Plus series was an alternate timeline Variant). Since OG Loki was killed in battle, he should have been rewarded with a blissful eternity in Valhalla.

It’s also possible that the original version of the character isn’t dead, as the old Classic Loki – a variant from yet another timeline – seen in the Disney Plus series has revealed that he fooled Thanos with a super realistic projection. After that, he lived in solitude on a distant planet “for a very, very long time”.

Classic Loki’s timeline diverged from the main one when he left the Far World to see Thor. This suggests that the regular version of the character remained isolated, so he may not have made it to Valhalla after all.

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