Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers from Thor: Love and Thunder.
Thor: Love and Thunder, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest big-screen offering, is out in theatres now. The Taika Waititi directorial takes us into a new Thor adventure with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the God of Thunder, Natalie Portman in an all-new avatar as the Mighty Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Taika Waititii himself as the voice of Korg and Christian Bale as the film’s big villain – Gorr the God Butcher. As Thor embarks on a journey to find a new purpose, the film expectedly takes us into a stylised romp bursting with colours. With the character bumping into his ex-girlfriend, going up against a God killer and making some shocking discoveries, it’s safe to say that the fun parts culminated into a bitter-sweet ending. It leaves quite a few questions unanswered. If you’ve watched the film and are wondering what went down in the final moments, you’ve come to the right place. We’re breaking down the ending and post-credit scenes of Thor: Love and Thunder to better understand where the film left off.
Before we get into the film’s conclusion, a quick refresher of the film’s main events – The film opens with Gorr almost starving to death and losing his daughter (India Rose) on a planet with harsh conditions. When he finds out that the Gods he’s been worshipping did not care for his devotees, he summons the Necrosword and transforms into the vengeful Gorr the God Butcher. Meanwhile, after Avengers: Endgame, Thor has changed his ways and is bent on choosing peace instead of battle. So he spends his time meditating and chilling with the Guardians of the Galaxy. But after receiving a few distress signals, including one from his friend Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), he’s drawn back to New Asgard on Earth. The kingdom of surviving Asgardians is led by King Valkyrie who has turned into a diplomat/influencer while the place is run like an amusement park for humans. Once he gets there, he’s surprised to find that there’s a new hero in town and she’s worthy of wielding Mjolnir.
Enter Jane Foster aka Mighty Thor who happens to be Thor’s ex-girlfriend (awkward!). While Jane transforms into a formidable hero with the help of Mjolnir, she’s also slowly dying of stage 4 cancer. Now Thor, Mighty Thor, Valkyrie and Korg are up against a grave threat – Gorr the God Butcher. Armed with the Necrosword (a weapon that can kill Gods), he takes all the children of Asgard hostage in a cage in the Shadow Realm. His plan? To lure Thor in, use his weapon Stormbreaker to summon Bifrost bridge to enter Eternity and get his one wish.. In a failed attempt to get help, Thor and co. reach out to the Gods in Omnipotence City where they forcefully grab Zeus’ (Russell Crowe) thunderbolt, attacking him in the process. Later, during a clash against Gorr in the Shadow realm, Valkyrie gets gravely injured and Jane’s condition worsens. Armed with the thunderbolt, Thor heads back into the Shadow Realm alone to get the children home.
Near the film’s ending, Thor goes up against Gorr in a final clash. He gives a part of his powers to the children of Asgard so that they can fight the shadow monsters created by the villain while Thor battles the God Butcher one-on-one. When he’s close to getting defeated, Jane arrives just in time to save him. Sadly, in the process of destroying the Necrosword, Mjolnir is reforged and destroyed, and so is Jane. After spending her final moments in Thor’s arms, she turns into golden dust. At the same time, with the Necrosword gone, Gorr is also dying. In his final moments, as he’s about to make his wish kneeling before Eternity, Thor manages to convince him to make a different choice. Gorr has a surprising change of heart and wishes for his daughter to come back to life. He chooses love and asks Thor to ensure she’s not alone before he dies. Thor then takes up the task of raising Gorr’s daughter as his own. Interestingly, the girl has the powers of a God as she’s born from Eternity. The two embark on their own adventures and form the titular duo – Love and Thunder.
In true MCU tradition, Thor: Love and Thunder has a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene. In the mid-credits scene, Zeus is understandably annoyed with Thor for stealing his thunderbolt and attacking him. As he nurses his wound (and his wounded pride), he tasks his son and demigod Hercules (played by Brett Goldstein) to kill Thor. In the comics, Hercules is initially introduced as a villain, before turning into a hero. It remains to be seen how his MCU journey shapes up. In the post-credits scene, Jane Foster aka Mighty Thor finds herself in Valhalla where she’s welcomed by Heimdall (Idris Elba).