Marvel has released a new deleted scenes from Thor: Love and Thunder. In it, an emotional moment between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is disrupted by a “villain” from the superhero movie.
In the scene, longtime lovers Thor and Jane have a lovely conversation with each other. This scene takes place in the hospital. In the storyline Jane has cancer, for which she unfortunately has been treated.
Then comes the twist: Zeus, played Russell Crowe, turns out to have been behind the curtain with an ice cream all along, eavesdropping on the two.
From good to evil
The Greek god appears to be touched by Thor’s words and offers him his help. He probably means that Thor can have his Thunderbolt; the weapon with which the heroes eventually take on Gorr (Christian Bale).
This means that Zeus was not a villain in an earlier version of the film, but rather helpful. After all, in the final cinema version, Thor and his team must steal the weapon.
It’s a striking change of direction that helped change the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a post-credits encore, Zeus sends his son Hercules (Brett Goldstein) after Thor for revenge.
With that, Marvel sets up a clear storyline for the next Thor-movie. If Zeus had indeed remained a hero, this storyline probably wouldn’t have happened or the setup would have been very different.