Marvel Studios’ latest film, Thor: Love and Thunder is the sixth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)’s Phase Four which sees actor Chris Hemsworth as the first Avenger to receive a fourth standalone film. As early reviews continue to file in for the latest MCU film, a few details about the film’s post-credit scenes have been leaked online.
Before addressing the post-credit scenes for Thor: Love and Thunder, we will unpack the context of these scenes and issue a massive SPOILER ALERT. If you wish not to know the details regarding them, you can visit our dedicated Marvel page for more Thor: Love and Thunder news.
Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scenes; What do they mean?
With Thor Odinson, the God of Thunder, making his fourth solo outing in Love and Thunder, as with tradition, two post-credit scenes are confirmed for the film. As previously explained, the film features a mid-credit scene and a post-credit scene, both connected to the story covered throughout the film’s duration.
The first credit scene features the Greek God, Zeus, revealed to be alive by the film's conclusion following his thought-to-be demise. Instead, the Olympian is quite disgruntled and bemoaning how no one has feared the Gods, stating that "being a God meant something."
Zeus continues to ramble as he comments that when people look up to the skies instead of a God, they expect to see a superhero, which makes a mockery of all Gods. At this point, Zeus has been speaking to his son, the demi-god Hercules, who was off-camera, teasing Thor's next godly encounter with the powerful Olympian.
While this mid-credit scene doesn't write off Chris Hemsworth's Thor for good, it does lend some excitement to the God of Thunder's forthcoming battle. The same can't be said for the post-credit scene involving Jane Foster's Mighty Thor.
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During the events of Thor: Love and Thunder, it's discovered that Jane has been diagnosed with cancer and that her wielding Mjölnir is draining her life's energy. Thor explains to Jane that every time she uses the hammer, it depletes her "mortal strength," thus rendering her body unable to fight cancer.
Resistant to the idea of not wielding Mjölnir as she is indeed the Mighty Thor, Jane eventually succumbs to cancer and dies as Thor mourns the loss of his love. The post-credit scene expands on what happens to Jane as she arrives at the gates of Valhalla, greeted by a returning Idris Elba as Heimdall.
Heimdall was last seen in Avengers: Infinity War as the first person Thanos killed in pursuit of the Infinity Stones. Heimdall warmly greets Jane, commenting that he can see that she has died before thanking her for taking care of his son as he allows her through Valhalla.
The revelation that Heimdall has returned to a Thor film raises the possibility of the aspects of resurrections while challenging what it means to be immortal, whether it be as a God, demi-god, or human.
Additionally, the bombshell that Heimdall has a son raises interest in whether he would come to the assistance of Thor in his subsequent adventures in the MCU or possibly descend to Earth and aid the Avengers against their next Thanos-level threat.
Thor: Love and Thunder will be released in theatres worldwide on 8th July 2022; however, in the meantime, catch up on Thor's MCU journey on Disney+.
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