The ending of The Thor: Love and Thunder left us with several questions. Who was that? Why were they there? Are they really dead? You get the picture. And those are just from the post-credits scene.
And it’s fair enough that the new Thor movie will have us questioning what just happened. After all, this movie from director Taika Waititi serves as a sequel to material from both Thor: The Dark World (bringing back Jane Foster) and Thor: Ragnarok, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame’s influence on the MCU. . There is a lot to unpack!
To say something else would be going into spoiler territory. Below, we dive into everyone who died in Thor: Love and Lightning, as well as more. So, here’s your spoiler alert! The following goes into detail about everything featured in Thor: The End of Love and Thunder – proceed with caution. If you’ve been waiting for the movie to hit streaming, here’s when to expect Thor: Love and Thunder on Disney Plus.
Thor: Love and Thunder begins with Gor the God Butcher, Christian Bale’s villain, stumbling through the desert with his dead daughter in his arms. He desperately prays to his God – the Bringer of Light – to save them, but to no avail. After his daughter dies in his arms, he follows a voice and meets his god in what appears to be the door to the afterlife. As Gore tells him how he has devoted his life to worshiping her, it soon becomes clear that his devotion is wasted: he will have no eternal glory to enjoy. The Necrosword lying on the ground summons Gore and he embraces its power, killing God and becoming God Butcher.
Meanwhile, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has shed his “sorry bod” from Endgame and is now roaming the universe with the Guardians of the Galaxy. However, he soon parted ways with the group after Lady Sif sent him a distress call. As it turns out, gods are being killed everywhere, and Thor sets out to find out who’s killing them – and he knows exactly where a god-slayer will go next: New Asgard. He returns to Earth, where Jane Foster now controls Mjolnir. Jane is battling stage 4 cancer and her treatment is not working. The astrophysicist realizes that Mjolnir has healing qualities and heads to New Asgard, where he discovers that he is worthy enough to become the mighty Thor.
Gor invades New Asgard with his army of shadow monsters, but fails to kill Thor and instead steals the Asgardian children and imprisons them in the Shadow Realm. Working with Heimdall’s son, Thor figures out Gor’s plan and builds an army of Gods to take Gor down with the Valkyries, Korg, and Jane. In Omnipotence City, the maniacal Zeus refuses to help, but reveals that Gor may be leading to the mythical place Eternity. There, he can make a wish and kill all the gods. This still doesn’t phase Zeus, and Thor battles the God of Lightning, seemingly killing him and stealing Zeus’s Lightning Bolt. Only Korg’s head survives the battle.
On the journey, Jane confesses to Thor that she is dying of cancer and the pair reconcile. In the Shadow Realm, color drains from the universe, and Jane soon realizes the whole thing is a trap: Gor wants them there, because the Bifrost is the key to unlock eternity, which is accessed using Thor’s ax Stormbreaker. It’s too late though, and Gor takes the weapon and both Valkyrie and Jane are seriously injured in the crossfire.
Bifrost sends the trio back to New Asgard, where Jane’s condition worsens as Mjolnir drains her remaining energy. They decide that Thor must fight Gor and he goes to eternity. Thor manages to pass his powers onto the Asgardian children and they fight the God Butchers and Shadow Creatures. However, this is not enough, and Jane comes to save the day. Thor retrieves Stormbreaker, uses Bifrost to send the children home, and they destroy the Necrosword, the source of Gor’s power. However, the Gate of Eternity is fully open, and Gor passes through…
Thor and Jane follow him, and instead of fighting Gor, they offer him an alternative: why kill all the gods, when he wants his daughter back. God Butcher says that the young girl will have no one to die, but Jane tells him that’s not true, looking at Thor. Gor’s daughter comes through the gates of eternity, Gor dies, Jane turns into Stardust, and Thor adopts the girl. The pair return to New Asgard, where King Valkyrie and Lady Sif are training the children, Korg has found Dwayne a lover, and Thor and his adopted daughter are fighting side by side. Name their superhero? Love and lightning.
But wait! There are two post-credits scenes to enjoy. The first reveals that Zeus is still alive, and he wants people to fear God again – and Hercules, played by Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein, is the man for the job. The second post-credits scene takes us to Valhalla where Jane is welcomed into eternal paradise by Idris Elber Heimdall.
The most heartbreaking storyline in Thor: Love and Thunder is Jane Foster’s illness. Early in the movie, we learn that the beloved scientist and Thor’s ex-girlfriend has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He is looking after her with Darcy Lewis, but nothing is working. For a moment, it seems that Mjolnir might be his savior, but it becomes clear that it is actually releasing the energy he needs to fight cancer, echoing the story of the Mighty Thor comics.
At the end of the movie, Jane decides to become the mighty Thor for one final time. He helps Thor take the Asgardian children home, but as soon as he returns to his human form, he dies in Thunder’s arms. After telling Thor that she loves him, her body crumbles to dust, similar to Odin’s death in Thor: Ragnarok. In the post-credits scene, it is confirmed that he is dead, when he is welcomed into Valhalla by Heimdall. Natalie Portman may return for similar afterlife scenes in the future, but it looks like this is the end for her character in the MCU.
Early in the movie, when Thor is talking to Sif, he explains the rules for entering Valhalla. The afterlife of the gods only allows entry to warriors who have died in battle. Jane is mortally wounded when she fights Gor in his mighty Thor form at Eternity’s Gate. Also, when he becomes the mighty Thor, he takes on Asgardian powers, and as an Asgardian, he is granted entry into the afterlife.
As Jane picks up the reassembled Mjolnir, she becomes a superhero known as the Mighty Thor. It comes with Asgardian super strength abilities and the ability to travel through the Bifrost. Although it’s never made clear exactly how he manages the transformation, it seems to be Thor’s commitment to making the hammer. When he and Jane were still dating, he asked Mjolnir to always protect Jane, which was then seemingly sealed into him.
Thor and the Mighty Thor destroy Gor’s Necrosword, which gave him the power to butcher his God. Without it, he reverts to his dying, human form as it has taken too much power from him. So when Gor stumbles through the gates of eternity, he is already close to death. It didn’t take long for him to succumb to it.
Why did Gor change his mind about his desire for eternity?
Christian Bale as Gor the God Butcher
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As Thor and the gang head to Omnipotence City, Zeus explains Gor’s plan to reach eternity and wish all the gods dead. However, when Gore actually reaches Eternity, he makes a different choice. Instead he decided to bring his daughter back from the dead. After the Necrosword – a malevolent force – is destroyed, Gor seems less intent on his mission to kill God, and with Thor and Jane showing the power of love, Gor sees that his daughter can have another life with them.
Who are Love and Thunder? And where are they now?
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Thor has a daughter (sort of). Gor tells Eternity to bring his daughter back to life as Thor becomes her guardian. In the last scene of the movie, we see the pair living in domestic bliss on a ship. The moment is full of adorable details: Thor is making breakfast while the young woman makes faces at Mjolnir. We don’t see exactly where they are but when the door opens, the pair run into battle somewhere.
We learn that Thor and Gor’s daughter is called “Love and Thunder.” Korg doesn’t specify who it is, but Chris Hemsworth apparently gave it away in an interview before the movie’s release. Speaking to Kevin McCarthy (opens in new tab), he shared that his daughter, India Rose Hemsworth, is playing the role. “My daughter is there too,” he said, “she plays Prem.”
However, he also revealed that young Hemsworth may not be returning to roles outside of movies. Hemsworth added: “It felt like a one-time fun family experience. I don’t want them to go off and become child stars and actors. It was a special experience for him and they loved it, they had a great time.” Read More For more, check out our section on Thor’s kids in the comics.
Where are the Guardians of the Galaxy now?
The Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t have a huge role in Thor: Love and Thunder, leaving the movie early. When several distress calls come in from areas under attack from Gore, they go to one side while Thor goes after Sif. We never see them again, and how they fared on their mission is never mentioned. However, we will soon see them back in the upcoming The Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special directed by James Gunn, which will be released in December on Disney Plus. We’ll then see them in their third and final film directed by Gunn: Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which has a release date of May 3, 2023.
Who cameo in Thor: Love and Thunder?
Sam Neill in Thor: Ragnarok
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Thor: Love and Thunder is full of great cameos. In New Asgard, we find out that the theater troupe has survived Ragnarok – and they’ve added to their team. Matt Damon returns as Loki, Sam Neill as Odin and Luke Hemsworth as Thor. There is a new addition in the form of cameos by Melissa McCarthy as Hella and her real-life husband Ben Falcone as the director of the mini-play.
There are a few other cameos scattered throughout the movie, including musician Jenny Morris as one of the New Asgardians and thespian Simon Russell Biel as an all-powerful city god. Hemsworth, the Waititi’s, the Portmans and Bell’s children all have roles in the movie. Also, Stellan Skarsgård makes a brief resurgence as Erik Selvig, last seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but referred to as bleeped in Endgame. For a more in-depth rundown, check out our guide to all the Thor: Love and Thunder cameos. Plus, we have an all-cut Thor: Love and Thunder cameo – as it turns out, a couple of the main actors were removed.
Is there a post credit scene?
Thor: Love and Thunder
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Yes! There are two Thor: Love and Thunder post-credits scenes – you can read our breakdown via this link. The first comes after the stylized credits as we return to Omnipotence City, while the second comes at the end of the credits sequence.
How did Zeus live?
Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder
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Zeus was apparently killed by his own lightning bolt weapon during the fight in Omnipotence City. However, he is clearly alive and well in the post-credits scene. We see his attendants cleaning his wounds so it looks like he was actually wounded, rather than killed. There is no major explanation as to how he survived but it seems his powers may include healing.
Who is Hercules in the MCU? Who plays him?
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The biggest reveal from the post-credits scene is the introduction of a new superhero to the MCU. Zeus is talking to someone off-screen as he rants: “I guess being a god meant something. Now people just want superheroes, when did we become a joke?” The camera pans as we get our first glimpse of Hercules played by Brett Goldstein. (For more, see our guide to Hercules in Thor: Love and Thunder.)
It’s a very brief look at him in his shiny gold armor, but it looks like he could play a big role in Marvel’s future. The scene sets him up as a potential villain for Thor when Zeus asks him to take revenge on the God of Thunder. In the comics Hercules is based on the god of Greek mythology – and has many of the same powers, including superhuman strength, durability, speed, reflexes, stamina and endurance. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out in Marvel Phase 4 and beyond.
Will there be a Thor 5?
Thor: Love and Thunder
At the end of the credit sequence, it is confirmed that “Thor will return”. What we don’t know is how he will return. The final scenes seem to set up a lot more for the Asgardians. He is now a father, as well as having a new enemy (Hercules) after him. It could continue into a fifth Thor movie, or it could evolve into another MCU property.
At the press conference ahead of the film’s release, Marvel boss Kevin Feige teased the future of the superhero. He told the press, including GamesRadar: “Well, there are these things called comic books that have a lot of stories – and that’s where all our stories come from. Comics in movies?’ The answer is no. There are plenty of them.” For more information, check out our guide to Thor 5.