Those Thor: Love and Thunder Post-Credits Scenes Explained

Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder strikes theaters this weekend! It’s another classic Thor adventure filled with explosive color, totally rockin’ needle drops, and more Thor than ever before!

Based on the celebrated Thor: God of Thunder and The Mighty Thor comics written by Jason Aaron with art by Esad Ribic, Russell Dauterman, and Matt Wilson, the movie tells the story of Gorr the God-Butcher’s quest to destroy all gods while Jane Foster joins the fight after lifting Mjolnir. The story is equally packed with humor and heart, thanks to director Taika Waititi helming this Ragnarok-sequel.

But should fans stick around in their seats after Dio’s Rainbow in the Dark starts to play? It’s a Marvel movie — of course!

Does Thor: Love and Thunder have scenes after the credits?

Thor: Love and Thunder has two scenes after the credits start to roll — one mid-credits reveal for Marvel’s future, and one post-credits scene that wraps up some additional plot details. A hotly-anticipated new character made his debut appearance, played by a current television streaming series star. So what are the Thor: Love and Thunder credits scenes about? Let’s dive in.

Mid-Credits Reveal: Who plays Marvel’s Hercules?

In the mid-credits reveal, it turns out that Zeus didn’t die during Thor, Jane, Korg, and Valkyrie’s mission in Omnipotence City. Surrounded by women the credits call “the Zeusettes,” Russell Crowe’s God of Lightning has been thoroughly shamed by the rogue Asgardians, who stole his signature Thunder Bolt weapon. As he recovers in his golden seat, he tells an unseen figure that it’s time to hunt Thor and make him pay for his transgressions. The camera then pans over to reveal actor Brett Goldstein (a Ted Lasso fan-favorite) as Hercules, sporting his classic gladiatorial look.

Hercules Panhellenios first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Journey Into Mystery Annual #1, as a rival to Thor. He frequently clashed with the God of Thunder throughout The Mighty Thor series and eventually tussled with the Hulk as well. He is the strongest of the Olympians, has a fiery temper and a noble sense of honor, and is canonically bisexual. And with his father’s honor to avenge, he’s ready to humble Thor Odinson in the name of all the gods of the Greek pantheon.

Post-Credits Scene: Does Jane Foster die?

As fans saw in the film, Jane Foster died in Thor’s arms once Gorr reached Eternity. Shattering Mjolnir to stop the Necrosword from reassembling itself, she lost the empowering strength of the hammer and succumbed to her aggressive cancer. As she died, she turned into the gold, glittering stardust seen both when Falligar was found dead and when the Asgardian actors troupe performed the scene of Odin’s death from Thor: Ragnarok.

In the post-credits scene, it was revealed that because Jane died gloriously in battle, she was welcomed at the gates of Valhalla. This golden essence was her soul being taken to the afterlife, where she is greeted by Heimdall, who previously died in Avengers: Infinity War. He thanks her for watching over his son Axl during her time in New Asgard and welcomes her to the eternal reward that Gorr had believed would never come for mortals.

In the comics the film was based on, Jane also dies from her cancer after sacrificing the hammer to stop Mangog from destroying all of Asgard. However, in the comics, she reaches the afterlife and admits she wasn’t ready to die. Thor then used all the lightning once contained inside the Mother of Storms, the driving core of Mjolnir, to resuscitate her. Odin was so moved by her sacrifice that even he helped his son, and Jane was drawn back to life from Valhalla.

While in Love and Thunder, her death seems pretty certain, it’s always possible she could return — now that we’ve seen the afterlife for Asgardians and other slain warriors, it exists like the Djalia in Wakanda and is fair game to appear in future stories. Plus, if New Asgard ever needs more valkyries

What’s Next?

The film completely ends with a title card reading “THOR WILL RETURN,” making it clear fans haven’t seen the last of the God of Thunder. Especially not while he’s on dad duty with his new daughter Love! And while this chapter of Jane Foster’s journey is closing, thunder and lightning are on the horizon as another clash of the gods is on its way with Hercules.

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