Thor: Thunder and Love continue Marvel’s use of post-credits sequences to introduce new characters. Learn what this implies and what Kevin Feige has promised for Phase 5.
After Marvel’s most recent post-credits sequence, you’ll be grateful to the gods.
Through post-credits scenes, the Phase Four films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have done their fair share of teasing upcoming projects. One such example is the first of Thor: Love and Thunder’s two post-credits scenes, which featured Ted Lasso star Brett Goldstein making his acting debut as the Greek god Hercules.
If that seems similar, it’s because Marvel did the same thing with two other recent MCU movies: 2021’s Eternals, which stars Harry Styles as Eros (also known as Starfox), and May’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which stars Charlize Theron as Clea.
It’s a prominent Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is establishing the stage for Phase Five with these credits scenes, something he previously alluded towards. The production of several Phase Four movies is still ongoing, including Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
As Phase 4 draws to a close, he predicted that “people will start to realize where this next story is headed” in the June 23 edition of Total Film.
Feige said, “At least to me, it seems like there have already been a lot of hints as to where this entire tale is heading. But in the upcoming months, we’ll be a little more explicit about it to lay out a strategy, allowing audiences that want to see the big picture to see a little bit more of the road map.”
Do these post-credits scenes for Thor, Eternals, and Doctor Strange indicate that they will have sequels? It is doable. After all, Adam Warlock, who Will Poulter will undoubtedly portray in the group’s third movie next year, was hinted at in one of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 post-credits sequences. Maybe the MCU is getting ready for another Avengers-style team-up with both new and old faces.
Marvel’s Disney+ series have also set up the franchise’s future. Critical members of the Young Avengers team roster, like Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop and Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel, have been introduced via shows like Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel.
The Thunderbolts, an antihero squad, consisted of John Walker/U.S. Agent, Yelena Belove from Black Widow, Baron Zemo from Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Daniel Brühl’s Yelena Belove, have been hinted at in other projects (Wyatt Russell).
Fans will stay in the cinema until the credits have finished rolling until Feige unveils additional MCU mysteries.