One month ago today Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder hit theaters. Despite being the fourth film revolving around Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, it actually turned out to be a Trojan horse for a brand new set of characters altogether: the Olympians.
SPOILER ALERT FOR ANYONE WHO HASN’T SEEN THE FILM.
In the film, Russell Crowe plays an overzealous version of the Greek God Zeus. Scared that his arrogance will put the lives of all Gods in danger against the treacherous Gorr the God Butcher, Thor challenges and eventually wounds Zeus with his own thunderbolt. While it appears that Zeus is fatally struck, in a post-credit scene its revealed that Zeus is still alive and that he wants his son, Hercules (played by Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein), to seek revenge.
While it’s clear that there will be more to come from the Olympians, during a recent Q&A with director Taika Waititi confirmed that Marvel Studios is actively developing a project revolving around them. He also said that he won’t be a part of it.
You can see the full video, made available by Reddit user u/wallcrawlingspidey below:
The fact that the Olympians seem to be getting their own series makes sense, considering that there are far too many other projects in development already where they honestly wouldn’t fit as side characters.
Now, a long time ago, I actually theorized that the Olympians were coming and you can read my thoughts on what to expect here.
Sadly, with so many other things scheduled for the next few years, it might be some time before we actually get to see the characters integrated. That could also mean we’ll see other Olympians (besides Zeus and Hercules) introduced in other projects along the way.
Below is the official synopsis for Thor: Love and Thunder:
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (in 2019), Thor attempts to find inner peace, but must return to action and recruit Valkyrie, Korg, and Jane Foster—who has become the Mighty Thor—to stop Gorr the God Butcher from eliminating all gods.
Direcred by Taika Waititi, aside from Portman, the film features the return of franchise stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and sees the addition of Academy Award Winner Christian Bale as the Gorr the God Butcher.
The Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, and Sean Gunn will also appear, while Jamie Alexander returns as Sif. Sam Neill, Matt Damon, and Melissa McCarthy also have cameos.