The Thor: Love and Thunder post-credits scenes are unmissable. The new Marvel movie has two extra scenes stuck at the end of the movie that could shake up the MCU’s future. So if you’re looking for a breakdown of the final twists of Taika Waititi’s Thor 4, then look no further.
To get you started, we’ve detailed when exactly the Thor: Love and Thunder post-credits scenes come so you can work how long you need to stay put in the theater. For this, you can read on for the spoiler-free guide to the Thor 4 post-credits. And for those of you who have already seen them, we’ve taken a deep dive into what they mean, as well as what director Waititi has to say about them.
How many Thor: Love and Thunder post-credits scenes are there?
There are two Thor: Love and Thunder post-credits scenes. The first one comes after the stylized credits featuring all of the major stars and cameos. The second scene arrives about four minutes later after the full credits have finished rolling. You’re going to be waiting a few minutes for this last one, but it’s worth it – this isn’t just a weird, meta joke like in the Doctor Strange 2 post-credits.
Now comes the fun part: deciphering what these mean. So if you’ve already seen the movie, read on to take a deeper look at these post-credit sequences. But a word of caution – we’ll be getting into heavy spoiler territory as we discuss MAJOR Thor: Love and Thunder plot details from here on out.
Thor: Love and Thunder post-credits scenes, explained *spoilers*
Still here? Great, that means you’ve seen Thor 4’s post-credits sequences. And there’s a lot to get into…
The first scene comes after the main stylized credits. It reveals Russell Crowe’s Zeus survived Thor’s earlier attack with the Lightning Bolt – and he wants revenge. The scene takes place back in Omnipotence City where Zeus is being fussed over by his attendants. While they treat his wound, he makes a speech to someone off-camera about how superheroes have become the new Gods. “It seems to me that being a God used to mean something,” he says. “Now people just want superheroes, when did we become the joke?”
He vows to teach them a lesson before the camera shifts around to who he’s speaking to. Here, we get our first glimpse of Hercules in his resplendent golden armor. The hero had been mentioned earlier in the film when Thor had discussed who would be at Omnipotence City with Korg, Jane, and Valkyrie.
But, this is the first look we get at the new MCU character – with Brett Goldstein playing him. Ted Lasso star Goldstein’s casting hadn’t previously been announced so it’s a huge secret that director Taika Waititi and the Marvel team managed to keep quiet. (Find out more in our guide to Hercules in Thor: Love and Thunder.)
We don’t see very much of him, but he looks set to play a big role in the MCU’s future. Hercules has been set on a path of vengeance against Thor by Zeus so it’s likely the pair will encounter each other again. This might happen in a potential fifth Thor film, which Kevin Feige recently discussed.
In fact, introducing Goldstein as Hercules as actually Feige’s idea. “Kevin really wanted him to do it, and yeah, Brett’s amazing,” Waititi told Uproxx (opens in new tab). “He’s great.“
But, Waititi isn’t sure quite what part Hercules has to play going forward. “And I don’t know if that’s to do with Thor, or if it’s to do with how that will develop,” says Waititi. He continues, “Because, obviously, Hercules, there’s a character from the books as well. And so, yeah, this will be interesting to see because Kevin, he’s obviously the mastermind of all of these threads and how they’ll tie up and how they meet, mix and match. So I’m curious to find out myself.”
Hercules is a big part of the Marvel comics. He’s heavily based on the Hercules of Greek mythology, who is the son of Zeus and shares a similar backstory to the myth. As such, he has all of the usual abilities of an Olympian God, including superhuman strength, durability, speed, reflexes, stamina, and endurance.
He has appeared as part of the Avengers run of comics since 1964, as well as landing his own limited series runs in the late nineties and early 2010s. However, Hercules most commonly appeared in the Thor comics, where he usually acted as an aide to the God of Thunder.
While it’s likely the MCU will draw on this background, it seems Goldstein’s version may be being set up as a potential villain. We’ll have to wait to see if Feige or any of the actors reveal more about what role he’ll play in the MCU.
The second post-credits scene comes right at the end. This one clarifies Natalie Portman’s Jane ended up in Valhalla after she died in Thor’s arms. The scene begins when she arrives through the gates of afterlife and is greeted by Heimdall (Idris Elba). He thanks her for helping look after his son Astrid – or Axl, after the Guns ‘n’ Roses singer, as he prefers – while she looks on with wide eyes. It’s a fitting end for Portman’s Jane who appears happy and healthy and can finally rest after her battle with cancer. (We have a guide to everyone who dies in Thor: Love and Thunder in case you missed some of those other deaths.)
It’s not clear if this is the last we’ll see of Portman’s Foster. The door is open for her to potentially appear in visions or afterlife scenes. If not, it serves as a fitting farewell to the beloved character in the MCU. It’s also nice to see Heimdall. He was killed by Thanos at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War and we hadn’t seen any more of Elba’s gatekeeper since.
We get one final post-credits present of sorts. Following the end of the Valhalla scene, it’s confirmed that “Thor will return”. No more context is given, but it’s a great indication that we’ll see Hemsworth back as the God of Thunder some time soon for a potential Thor 5.
However, it seems like this final twist was news to Waititi and Hemsworth. “I’m not joking. I saw it in the theater and I was like, ‘Oh, shit. Really?’ Even Chris was like, ‘What?'” Waititi told Insider (opens in new tab). “But, of course he’ll be back. He’s the best character. I mean, I may be a little biased, but he’s the most fun to watch.”
He added: “Now, I don’t know what would be next. I would definitely do one, but only if Chris did it. But it would need to be something surprising and unexpected for me to want to do it. Like, what would be the new take?”
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