Thor: Love and Thunder is finally in theaters. We suspect that you have many questions about the ending of the latest Marvel movie .
There are many plot threads left hanging from the Marvel Phase 4 project. Uncertain fates of some characters remain, and the film’s ending scenes hint at the arrival of new heroes/gods. This suggests that there could be a Thor spinoff. The MCU’s adventure of the god of thunder may not be complete yet. After the credits roll, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), fans will have plenty to reflect on.
Here’s where we step in. We’ll take you through Thor: Love and Thunder’s ending. This includes the fates and arrivals of certain characters. We will also discuss the characters that appear in the scenes between and after credits and speculate about what these could mean for the future of Marvel Cinematic Universe.
contains spoilers for Thor, Love and Thunder. You haven’t seen Thor: Love and Thunder yet? Why are you still here? You’ll not want it to end. But, before you do, make sure to read our spoiler-free review Thor 4, which will give you a clear idea of the latest solo adventure of the Norse god.
Thor: Love and Thunder Plot Synopsis
Love and Thunder’s main plot involves Thor and Jane Foster, aka. Korg, King Valkyrie, Mighty Thor and King Valkyrie join forces to recruit Gods and defeat Gorr the Butcher. His motivations are purely vengeance against Gods.
The fate of the universe is in question, with all the usual CGI monsters and big fights at the end. Are Thor and his gang victorious?
Thor Love And Thunder Review
Thor: Love and Thunder looked certain to be a huge success. After 2017’s highly entertaining Thor: Ragnarok and with Chris Hemsworth’s Asgardian Avenger finding his comedy groove, director Taika Waititi returns to the helm. Natalie Portman makes her dramatic return to live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe after nine years.
Surprisingly the 29th MCU movie, which arrives in theaters July 8, fails to meet expectations. Thor’s fourth solo adventure, which tries to balance comedy and drama while combining multiple classic comic storylines in one narrative, feels too thin and shallow.
The film opens promisingly with a dramatic introduction that introduces Christian Bale’s evil Gorr the God Butcher. His daughter is killed in his desert home, and he meets a cruel god who drives him to launch a campaign to kill all divine beings.
This sequence is calm and atmospheric, giving Bale time to perform and allowing us the opportunity to feel his confusion, despair and rage. The roller coaster begins when the Marvel Studios logo appears. Do you feel any emotional resonance? You’re not getting emotional resonance in this movie.
In Avengers: Endgame 2019, Thor was seen for the first time. He had decided to join Guardians of the Galaxy after Thanos’ defeat. The God of Thunder outclasses all his new friends, rendering him look like a video game character. He crushes their enemies and renders the Guardians a little useless.
A visually stunning, colorful action sequence is presented. However, Thor and his ally Korg (Waititi), soon decide to take their own path. They abandon the Guardians storyline, and waste Chris Pratt and Karen Gillan before the joke can develop. This movie seems to be eager to escape the pesky continuity to return to the Asgardian storyline from Thor’s solo movies.
Thor meets Jane Foster (Portman), his ex-girlfriend on Earth. She is fighting Gorr, an Asgardian who attacks Thor’s fellow Asgardians. After being deemed worthy during her darkest hour, she’s now wielding Mjolnir, an old hammer from which he gained similar powers.
This storyline should be Love & Thunder’s emotional heart, given Jane’s very real human health issues. It doesn’t take enough time to let the challenges Jane faces sink in. The movie is too eager to move on to the next adventure and it has some dramatic moments that are also ruined by the two post-credits scenes.
This need for speed extends into the action — Jane uses her new abilities in amazing ways but neither editing nor cinematography allow us to enjoy this. You won’t be able to retain many of the shots in this movie the same way that moments from other MCU adventures will. Nothing can reach the heights of Captain America’s elevator brawl or three Spider-Men launching into battle, Scarlet Witch’s encounters with the Illuminati.
Although Jane and Thor’s awkwardness is at first quite funny, largely because of Portman’s charismaticism and chemistry, it doesn’t progress in a compelling way. It’s easier to remember a joke about Thor and Stormbreaker than a one-liner, which quickly becomes tiresome.
King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) rounds out the heroes team. She’s bored playing the role of leader of New Asgard’s magical tourist trap. Although the movie doesn’t explore her ennui enough Thompson injects enough mischief into the character to make it a delight to watch. Her wardrobe choices are a hint of her fascinating inner life. The Phantom of the Opera shirt is more interesting than any superhero costume.
Jane and Valkyrie have a peaceful conversation that is one of the best scenes in the film. It’s rare for the movie to slow down and allow its writers and actors the space to connect emotionally. It’s hard to ignore Hemsworth’s magnetic screen presence, comic timing, and imbecile comic timing. But one cannot help but wonder if the adventure would have been better without Thor.
Gorr’s threat is greatly diminished after his memorable introduction. As Thor continues his trail of divine slaughter, the comics counterpart to The God Butcher (introduced by Jason Aaron’s 2012 Thor: God of Thunder) feels like a significant threat.
Love and Thunder is merely a reference to this. It mainly reduces Gorr’s villainy to kidnapping Asgardian kids as part of an even grander plot. Gorr doesn’t feel like a threat to the heroes and he feels more like Gorr, the God Botherer.
Despite this, Bale’s performance is outstanding and Bale’s aesthetic choices give the character a lot of creepy spectral boogeyman vibes. This was evidently inspired by Aphex Twin’s disturbing Come to Daddy music videos. The MCU’s midpoint confrontation with the heroes is one of the most striking sequences visually, thanks to its clever use of color and shadow.
Although this movie isn’t as full of cameos as Doctor Strange and The Multiverse of Madness (its immediate MCU predecessor), it does feature Russell Crowe as a narcissistic Zeus. His role is largely limited to one set piece, which proves to be largely insignificant as the main narrative moves on.
Love and Thunder is not able to live up the amazing stories it was inspired by. It doesn’t follow the director’s direction and does not maximize its dramatic potential. Instead, it feels more like a superficial, unsatisfying mashup. Although it’s still a funny, silly entry in MCU’s canon, it’s not the classic Thor adventure that its handsome hero thinks he’s on.
Score : 8/10
Thor: Love and Thunder ending explained *spoilers* & FAQ
Thor: Love and Thunder opens with Gorr, the God Butcher (Christian Bale’s villain), stumbling through a desert with his daughter in his arms. He desperately cries out to his God, the Bringer of Light, to save them. But to no avail. He is left with his daughter, who has died in his arms. But he hears a voice calling him and he meets his God at what appears to be the gate to the afterlife. Gorr tells Gorr how he has dedicated his life to worshiping God, but it soon becomes apparent that his devotion is futile. There will be no eternal glory. The Gorr is summoned by the Necrosword, which lies on the ground, to embrace its power and become the God Butcher.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth), has now lost his “sad body” from Endgame, and is now going around the universe with the Guardians of the Galaxy. After Lady Sif’s distress call, however, he quickly parted ways with the group. It turns out that Gods are being murdered all over the world. Thor sets out to find them and knows where a God-killer would be headed next: New Asgard. He returns to Earth where Jane Foster is now able to wield Mjolnir. Jane has been fighting Stage 4 cancer for years and her treatment is not working. Mjolnir’s healing abilities are recognized by the astrophysicist and Jane heads to New Asguard to find out if she is worthy to be the Mighty Thor.
Gorr attacks New Asgard, bringing his army of shadow creatures. However, he fails to kill Thor. Instead, he steals the Asgardian children from Asgard and imprisons them at the Shadow Realm. Thor, Heimdall’s child, figures out Gorr’s plan and joins Valkyrie and Korg to form an army of Gods to defeat Gorr. The maniacal Zeus refuses help in Omnipotence City but does reveal that Gorr could be heading to Eternity. He could make a wish to kill all Gods there. This doesn’t seem to phase Zeus. Thor fights the Gods of Lightning and appears to kill him. Zeus then steals his Lightning Bolt. Only Korg’s head survives.
Jane confides in Thor on the adventure that she is dying from cancer, and the two reconcile. The Shadow Realm is where the color drains from all things. Jane soon realizes that this is a trap. Gorr wants them there as the key to Eternity. This is done using Thor’s Stormbreaker axe. Gorr seizes the weapon, Valkyrie and Jane are badly hurt in the crossfire.
Jane is unable to function due to Mjolnir’s draining of her energy. The Bifrost takes the trio back home to New Asguard. They decide that Thor must take on Gorr and they head to Eternity. Thor is able to transfer his powers onto the Asgardian kids, and they defeat the God Butcher as well as the shadow creatures. Jane comes to the rescue. Thor rescues Stormbreaker and sends the children home with the Bifrost. They destroy Gorr’s power source, the Necrosword. Gorr is able to get through the Eternity gate, however, because it is open.
Jane and Thor follow him, and instead of fighting Gorr, they offer an alternative: Why kill all Gods when you could have his daughter back? Jane looks at Thor and tells the God Butcher that the young girl will have no one because he’s dead. Gorr’s daughter passes through the gate to Eternity. Gorr dies, Jane becomes stardust and Thor adopts her. They return to New Asguard where Lady Sif and King Valkyrie are training the children. Korg has found Dwayne, a boyfriend and Thor and his adopted child fight side-by-side. Their superhero names? Love and Thunder.
But, wait! Enjoy these two scenes after-credits. The first shows that Zeus is still living and wants people to fear Gods again. Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein plays Hercules. The second scene after credits takes us to Valhalla, where Jane is welcomed into eternal paradise by Heimdall’s Idris Elba.
Is Jane Foster actually dead? Is The Mighty Thor still alive?
Jane Foster’s disease is the most tragic story in Thor: Love and Thunder. We learn early in the movie that Thor’s beloved scientist and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster has been diagnosed as having Stage 4 cancer. Darcy Lewis is her doctor, and she’s currently undergoing treatment. But nothing seems to be working. It seems like Mjolnir might be her salvation, but then it becomes apparent that it is actually draining her energy to fight the disease, echoing the Mighty Thor storyline.
Jane decides to become the Mighty Thor one last time at the end of the movie. After helping Thor bring the Asgardian children home she becomes the God of Thunder. Her body is disintegrated into dust after she tells Thor that her love for him. This is similar to Odin’s death in Thor: Ragnarok. After the credits, Heimdall welcomes her into Valhalla. It is confirmed that she has died. Natalie Portman may return in the future to a similar afterlife scene, but it appears that this is the end of her character in MCU.
How did Jane get into Valhalla
When Thor speaks to Sif early in the movie, he explains the rules for getting into Valhalla. Only warriors who have died in battle are allowed into the afterlife of gods. Jane is killed while fighting Gorr at Eternity Gate in her Mighty Thor form. She also becomes the Mighty Thor and gains Asgardian powers. As an Asgardian, she is granted access to the afterlife.
How did Jane Foster become the Mighty Thor?!
Jane becomes the Mighty Thor as soon as she lifts the Mjolnir. Asgardian powers of super strength, and the ability to travel on the Bifrost are part of this Asgardian status. Although it isn’t clear exactly how she makes the transition, it appears to be due to a vow Thor made to his hammer make. Jane and he were still together, he told Mjolnir that he would always protect Jane. This then seems to be sealed into the book.
Is Gorr dead? Is Gorr dead?
The Mighty Thor and Thor defeat Gorr’s Necrosword. This is what gave him his God-butchering abilities. He loses his Necrosword and reverts to his human, dying form, as it drains too much of his energy. Gorr is close to death when he stumbles through Infinity’s gates. He succumbs quickly to it.
Gorr changed his mind about Eternity.
Zeus, Thor’s companion on the adventure to Omnipotence city, explains Gorr’s plans to attain Eternity and grant the wish that all Gods should die. Gorr makes a decision to make a different choice when he reaches Eternity. Instead, he decides to bring back his daughter from the dead. Gorr realizes that his daughter may have another chance at life after the Necrosword, a corrupting force, is destroyed.
Who are Love and Thunder, and where are they now? Where are they now?
Thor has a kind of daughter. Gorr requests Eternity to bring his daughter back to life and Thor is appointed her caretaker. The movie’s final scene shows the couple living on a ship in domestic bliss. This scene is filled with adorable details. Thor is having breakfast, while the young girl draws a face on Mjolnir. Although we don’t know where they are, they run into battle when the door opens.
We find out that Thor and Gorr’s daughters are named “Love and Thunder”. Korg doesn’t make it obvious who is who, however Chris Hemsworth seemed to have given this information in an interview before the movie’s release. He spoke to Kevin McCarthy (opens in new tab) and revealed that India Rose Hemsworth is the character’s father. He said that his daughter, India Rose Hemsworth, is also there and plays the role of Love.
He also said that Hemsworth’s young character may not be reprising the role after the film. Hemsworth said that it was a family event and a fun one-off experience. They shouldn’t become actors and child stars. They loved it and had a wonderful time.
Where are the Guardians of the Galaxy?
Thor: Love and Thunder doesn’t feature a large role for the Guardians of the Galaxy. They leave the film very early. They head in one direction when a lot of distress calls are received from areas under attack by Gorr while Thor follows Sif. We never see them again and it isn’t mentioned how they did in their mission. We will soon see them in the The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, directed by James Gunn. It is available on Disney Plus in December. They will then be seen in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 (which is due for release on May 3, 2023).
Who starred in Thor: Love and Thunder, and who did it?
Thor: Love and Thunder has many great cameos. New Asgard reveals that Ragnarok’s theater troupe survived and has added members to its ranks. Matt Damon returns as Loki, Sam Neill is Odin, Luke Hemsworth plays Thor, and Sam Neill is as Odin. Melissa McCarthy plays Hela and Ben Falcone, her husband in real life, appears as the director of this mini-play. Other cameos are limited to Jenny Morris, a musician, as one the New Asagardians and Simon Russell Beale, a singer, as one the gods of Omnipotence-city. The movie also features roles for Bale’s, Waititi, Portman, and Hemsworth children. Stellan Skarsgard reprises his role as Erik Selvig in Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, he was mentioned in Endgame as being bluff.
Is there a scene after the credits?
Yes! Yes! The first is after the stylized credits when we return to Omnipotence, and the second is right at the end.
How did Zeus survive?
During the fight at Omnipotence city, Zeus was apparently killed by his Lightning Bolt weapon. In the scene after credits, however, Zeus is clearly still alive. His attendants are seen cleaning his wounds, making it appear that he was only injured and not killed. Although there is no clear explanation for how he survived, it appears that his healing powers could be involved.
Who plays Hercules in MCU? Who is he?
The most significant reveal in the post-credits scenes was the introduction of a new MCU superhero. Zeus is off-screen speaking to someone and ranting: “It seems that being a God used be something. People want superheroes. When did we become the joke? As we see Brett Goldstein’s Hercules, the camera turns. (See our guide to Hercules: Thor: Love and Thunder for more information.
Although it’s only a brief glimpse of him in his shining golden armor, it looks like he could be a major part in Marvel’s future. As Zeus orders him to take revenge on the Gods of Thunder, this scene shows him as a possible villain for Thor. Hercules in the comics is based upon the Greek god Zeus. He has many of the same abilities as him including speed, endurance, superhuman strength, durability and speed. Marvel Phase 4 will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Is there a Thor 5?
It’s revealed that Thor will be returning at the end of the credits sequence. We don’t know how he will return. The last scenes suggest that there are more things in store for Asgardians. He is now a father and has a new enemy (Hercules). It could lead to a fifth Thor movie or evolve into another MCU property.
Thor 5 plot: Here’s what this story could include
Love and Thunder ends with Thor and Gorr’s daughter, named Love. They team up to protect the universe. Thor and Mjolnir are reunited as Love is equipped with Stormbreaker. Thor promised to care for Love before Gorr’s death and is fulfilling that promise as “Uncle Thor.” Evidently, there would be a follow up to see Thor as Love’s guardian.
Thor’s introduction to Hercules makes it clear that things will not be easy for him. Zeus instructed his son to make mortals respect and fear the gods once more. If Hercules is terrorizing humanity, Thor and Love will undoubtedly intervene. A showdown can be expected between Hercules and the thunder god, as the pair are often enemies in comics. However, they have teamed up on numerous occasions, so Hercules won’t remain a bad guy for too long.
There’s also the Valhalla reveal. Heimdall was killed in Avengers: Infinity War. Jane Foster is welcomed into the Viking afterlife with Love and Thunder. While it is uncertain if either of these characters will be back in Thor 5, time will tell. However, they are clearly not finished in the MCU and would make worthy allies in any fight against Zeus or Hercules.