Love and thunder have just made MCU Hercules Theory more likely

The role of the gods in MCU expands, and this film may introduce one of Marvel’s most popular mythology-based characters into the franchise.

The popular Marvel Comics character Hercules in particular has been absent from MCU, but promo images from Thor: Love and Thunder suggests that the hero may soon enter the franchise. As the fourth part of Thor solo series, Thor: Love and Thunder will again focus on the titular Asgardian god of thunder as inspired by Norse mythology. The sequel also looks set to expand MCU’s lore further, which could mean a performance from another of Marvel’s most prominent characters based on ancient myths.

After Thor and Thor: The Dark World established the character as a serious and sour mythical creature, Thor: Ragnarok gave a u-turn to his bow and played some of the Avengers’ foreign aspects of comedy rather than sincerity. Thor: Love and Thunder is set to continue this trend, with its trailer demonstrating that the sequel will retain the light-hearted and comical tone of the previous part. Introduction to Russell Crowe Thor 4 cast in the role of Zeus, the film will cross from Norse to Greek mythology, suggesting a sense of unity in the MCU’s god structure hinted at in Knights of the Moon. With this collaboration between gods of different mythologies, Thor 4 is likely to extend its reach to wider sources.

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Campaign images from Thor 4 suggests that more gods must appear. With one of the images showing several gods from different mythologies sitting together in what appears to be Olympus, the film seems to connect MCU’s religions and gods in a way that the franchise has never done before. This not only makes room for physical manifestations of gods previously mentioned in the franchise, such as Bast, but it also makes room to introduce other characters from the comics not yet seen in MCU, such as Hercules.


Moon Knight established MCU’s afterlife


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After the death of Arthur Harrow in Knights of the Moon episode 4, Steven Grant and Marc Spector find themselves on a journey through the ancient Egyptian afterlife with the Taweret. While explaining the psychiatric ward of Marc and Steven’s afterlife, the fertility and birth goddess explains that all MCU gods are connected during a common life after death, which changes appearance based on the deceased’s beliefs. Thus, instead of establishing separate afterlife for each of their gods, the show combined each of the franchise’s mythologies under a unique banner. With gods from Norse, Greek and Egyptian mythologies all in the same franchise, it makes sense that MCU will unite faith when it comes to the interaction of these characters. That Thor 4 trailer briefly shows Zeus holding a meeting over a large crowd. If the place of this encounter is understood as Olympus, it is likely that the crowd is made up of gods from different mythologies.


Thor 4 Pictures Tease Black Panther God In Olympus


Thor 4 Love and Thunder King Valkyrie and Jane Foster sit on thrones

Some of the still images from Thor 4 confirm a level of interaction between these different gods. A picture shows Valkyrie and The Mighty Thor sitting together, accompanied by a new character who appears to be the Wakandan goddess Bastet, who was featured in Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. Potentially joined forces in Olympus to discuss how best to handle Thor 4 the villain Gorr the God Butcher, teases the image that the film will place a host of gods and deities together in a single setting.

Until Knights of the Moon, it was assumed that there was no interaction between the franchise’s mythologies – each operated instead according to its own rules and belief systems. Though Knights of the Moon confirmed that the ancient Egyptian gods knew others, it did not imply any sense of community between them, as demonstrated in the Nordic Asgard and Egyptian Ennead, consisting only of their own members. Gorr could be the deciding factor in pulling the gods of the franchise together and uniting faith through a common enemy.


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Olympus could introduce Hercules


Thor Love and Thunder Trailer Valkryie Korg Thors Olympus

By bringing Greek mythology into the MCU and apparently using the location of Olympus on at least one occasion, Thor 4 provides the perfect opportunity to introduce Marvel’s Hercules. Hercules is a popular character in the comics and possesses all the powers of an Olympic god, including superpower, speed and endurance. The first of these serves as the hero’s defining skill, and the comics have shown that he is capable of destroying mountains and resisting blows from Thor.

As the son of Zeus, it would make sense for Hercules to perform in Thor 4. The demigod’s lack of screen time in MCU so far may be due to the absence of Greek mythology in the franchise, making the hero’s origin story impossible. But through Olympus and MCU’s collision of universes via incursion events, there is potential for Hercules to join the Avengers in MCU’s Phase 5.


Hercules wanted to make the Avengers more powerful


Marvel Hercules with Avengers Concept Art

With the combined strength of Thor, Captain Marvel and Scarlet Witch, the Avengers are already one of the most powerful teams in the MCU. If Hercules were to be added to this list, then the team’s physical strength would be unsurpassed – with the hero able to surpass even the Hulk in physical exhibitions. A team made up of such powerful heroes would certainly be better equipped to deal with physically based villains, such as Thanos, and would have a better chance of navigating battles across the multiverse as Kang becomes MCU’s next main villain.

The interconnection of Olympus has the potential to extend the MCU’s deity history even further than it already is. With Eternal by introducing Celestials, the gods can become an integral part of MCU’s next Avengers: Endgamelevel battle. If this is to be the case, then Thor: Love and Thunder may prove crucial in introducing some of these new characters into the franchise and setting them up for an important role beyond Phase 4.


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  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release Date: July 8, 2022
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever / Black Panther 2 (2022)Release Date: November 11, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release Date: February 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release Date: May 5, 2023
  • The Marvels / Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release Date: July 28, 2023

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