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The end of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ explained

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Is the MCU really going where it appears to be? Bring on the God Battle Royale.

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By Brad Gullickson Published on July 7, 2022

Ending Explained is a recurring series where we explore the finales, secrets and themes of interesting movies and shows, both new and old. This time we look at the ending of Thor: Love and Thunder. Yes, prepare for spoilers.


When Taika Waititi announced the title of the Thor sequel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, I remember thinking, “Huh.” Thorlove and thunder, what the hell does that mean? Subtitles like Ragnarok or The dark world directly indicate which comics would adapt those films, but love and thunder seemed fairly innocent. Nice maybe, but nothing more. Now that the movie is out in the world, we realize that the title contains much more than a whimsical note.

Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) almost succeeds. as Zeus (Russell Crowe) prophesied, the blasphemous killer attains eternity, the cosmic personification of all we see and experience. As a reward, Eternity Gorr grants one wish. In his hatred, the villain could exterminate any god.

The Thor: Love and Thunder Ending

Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), the newly renamed Mighty Thor, could not physically triumph against Gorr’s wrath. Instead, Odinson pleads with his common sense. Instead of choosing revenge, Gorr could choose love. As soon as Eternity could wipe out the divine races, he could resurrect the daughter Gorr had once lost. For whatever reason, that thought had never occurred to Gorr. Mortally wounded, but if his daughter came back, he would die and she would be alone. Odinson promises to raise her in Gorr’s absence.

And Jane’s absence too. As worthy as she is to wield Mjölnir, the Asgardian instrument cannot vaporize the cancer in her. Thorlove and thunder ends with a hero and a demon dead. Again, Odinson has to think about his loneliness, but this time he can’t afford to sulk. He has a daughter to watch over played by Chris Hemsworth’s child India Hemsworth

In the closing moments of the film, Thor and Child can be seen wreaking havoc against an alien race. As the young girl grabs Stormbreaker, we hear stories from Korg (Waititi), detailing how the two are known in the galaxy as “Love and Thunder.” The revelation is saccharine sweet and painfully serious. Whether it works for you probably stems from how the rest of the movie has worked on you. Cynicism has no place in a Taika Waititi film. You either roll with the mushy feelings or you don’t.

Dead is never dead in the MCU

You don’t have long to sit by Thorlove and thunderthe bittersweet ending. As Odinson and his new sidekick establish their badassery in the MCU, another angry father continues to lick his wounds. As revealed in the closing credits scene, Zeus was not killed by Odinson during their disagreement over Omnipotence. He may have a hole in his chest, put there by his own thunderbolt, but it’s only a flesh wound.

While his servants take care of him, Zeus speaks to a figure off-screen. He is in a bad mood and he wants to bring the pain to the god who brought him there. Zeus doesn’t just want to kill Thor like any other ne’er-do-well would try. He wants to humiliate Odinson and needs the Asgardians to see it happen. To achieve such a glorious retribution, the god of gods appeals to his son.

From the shadows, Hercules rises, and he is played by… Ted Lassothe meanest kids soccer coach, Brett Goldstein† He promises dear old father that he will hurt the thunder god. He gives his open palm a firm slap with his Golden Mace to prove his point.

thor vs. Hercules: God Battle

Never mind Russell Crowe, Zeus’ appearance in the… Thorlove and thunder trailers sparked a huge curiosity. mr. Mount Olympus doesn’t feature prominently in the comics, but his demigod son does. Marvel’s Hercules first appeared in 1965 Journey into the mystery Yearly #1 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee† They treated the Greek gods just like the Asgardian gods and wrapped classical mythology in spandex. It was and still is an easy translation.

During his early years at Marvel, the character floated in and out of various comics. He’s a braggart, but no more than Thor, and he’s worked his way into the Avengers roster more than once. Yet he never achieved huge popularity.

And then? The same can be said for Moon Knight and Hawkeye, who have their own Disney+ series. As we get further and further away from avengersEndgame, the smaller Marvel characters will come into the spotlight and become the big Marvel characters. Hercules is ripe for global domination.

The Incredible Hercules

If you’re just excited to see Brett Goldstein growl in the MCU, and you desperately need some Hercules comics to hold onto your enthusiasm, then you need to jump on it The Incredible Hercules from writers Greg PakFred Van Lente, and a cadre of rad performers. Replace the series The Incredible Hulk when the merry green gamma monster returned from his “Planet Hulk” storyline (which was slightly modified in ThorRagnarok) and went mad with anger.

The Incredible Hercules lasted from 2008 to 2010. It followed the demigod and his sister Athena as they roam with Amadeus Cho, the seventh smartest person on Earth. Dissatisfied with SHIELD’s increasingly paranoid and conspiratorial hold on the planet, the three adventurers team up to take the organization down. This plan puts them in direct conflict with Hercules and Athena’s brother Ares, who happens to be a Mighty Avenger member.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Secret Invasion crossover event interrupts the monthly title when the series begins. Skrulls are everywhere! Hercules and Cho are on the front lines of that battle to reclaim the planet from the shape-shifting invaders. Since Disney+ is almost ready to release their own version, it’s possible Goldstein’s Hercules could fold into whatever Nick Fury is cooking up there.

Love and thunder need backup

The Thorlove and thunder ending shows Odinson and Gorr’s daughter kicks easily. But the butts they kick are little more than day players. If Hercules were to land on their doorstep swinging that Golden Mace, they’d need more than their own guts. Love and Thunder need reinforcements, and it awaits them in Valhalla.

The closing credits scene shows Jane Foster’s arrival in Asgard’s afterlife. She died in battle and gains entry where Heimdall (Idris Elba |) is there to greet her. In Thor comics, people are always rolling in and out of Valhalla. They basically stay there until they get bored or when another writer or artist has something fun planned for them.

Jane Foster’s time as the Mighty Thor is just beginning. She comes back by Odinson’s side. So when the credits claim “Thor Will Return”, don’t think they’re just talking about Chris Hemsworth. And when Jane inevitably returns, she must take Heimdall with her. If Zeus can still make it in the MCU, we’ll also need our all-seeing master of the Rainbow Bridge.


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Related Topics: End Declared, Marvel Studios, Taika Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder

Brad Gullickson is a weekly columnist for Film School Rejects and senior curator for One Perfect Shot. When not talking about movies here, he roams about comics as the co-host of Comic Book Couples Counseling. Look him up on Twitter: @MouthDork† (he/him)

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