Major SPOILERS for Thor: Love and Thunder to follow…
The final moments of the latest Marvel outing Thor: Love and Thunder hint at where the tale of the God of Thunder will head, as Hercules finally makes his MCU debut. Played in the post credits scene by Ted Lasso star Brett Goldstein, a somewhat obscure choice for the beastly Greek deity, Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi has now revealed that the casting of Goldstein was all Kevin Feige’s idea.
“I can’t share much because you know that was all Kevin. Kevin was like Hercules, how about we ask Brett? And you know Kevin yeah keeps his cards you know close to the chest so like I don’t want to like, where are you pushing this? What do you want? Where are you going to go with this Hercules character?”
Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Waititi revealed that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was the one to suggest Brett Goldstein for the part of Marvel’s Hercules. Though the filmmaker was quick to add that, due to Feige’s penchant for secrecy, he has no idea what the Marvel boss has in store for the demi-god. But, with comedian Brett Goldstein now on board, it certainly suggests that the Marvel gods will follow in Thor’s footsteps and stick to bringing the laughs.
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The Thor: Love and Thunder Post Credits Scene Introduces the Character to the MCU
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The post credits scene for Thor: Love and Thunder finds Russell Crowe’s Zeus calling upon Hercules to restore their honor and kill the God of Thunder. So, while Feige did not reveal to Waititi was his plans for Hercules are, or why Brett Goldstein would be the perfect choice to pull these plans off, we can at least presume that the character will play a role as the antagonist in the potential Thor 5.
Marvel’s Hercules first appeared Avengers #10 way back in 1964, and was adapted from mythology by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby. Hercules possesses all the powers you would expect of a god including superhuman strength, durability, speed, reflexes, stamina, and endurance. The champion of the Olympians, Hercules would certainly provide the perfect physical foil for Thor, and no doubt fans cannot wait to see Brett Goldstein bring the character to life on the big screen.
Thor: Love and Thunder finds Thor on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg, and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
Directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Russell Crowe as Zeus, and Natalie Portman, Thor: Love and Thunder is in theaters now.