THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER Star Russell Crowe Weighs In On Possible MCU Return As Zeus

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER Star Russell Crowe Weighs In On Possible MCU Return As Zeus

Thor: Love and Thunder star Russell Crowe has shared his thoughts on possibly returning to the MCU as Zeus, noting that "it seems like that's the idea" following the movie's Hercules post-credits scene.

By JoshWilding - Apr 14, 2023 10:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Thor: Love and Thunder
Source: Happy Sad Confused

After Thor: Ragnarok, fans had high hopes for Taika Waititi's return to the MCU with Thor: Love and Thunder. Unfortunately, the 2022 movie didn't quite deliver and has ended up being one of Phase 4's most divisive projects. 

Russell Crowe showed up as Zeus for a surprisingly campy take on the Olympian, though he did get serious in a post-credits scene that saw him enlist his son, Hercules, to teach the God of Thunder a lesson. It's unclear when and where the duo will make Thor, and Earth, pay for their transgressions but Crowe seems confident he'll eventually return. 

"Well, nobody's brought anything up with me, but, I mean, it seems like that's the idea at the end of the last one, right?" he pondered while speaking with Happy Sad Confused"But, I don't really know."

"Yeah, look, if you're a young actor and you get the opportunity to be on a set with Taika Waititi, take it," he said of the movie's director. "It's a lot of fun, he's a creative genius, but he's also just a lovely bloke."

After praising Hemsworth's "comedy chops," Crowe joked about his Marvel Studios experience by saying, "What you see when you're at the movie theatre is this big, sumptuous, amazing set, but in reality, it's just me, and Chris, and a couple of cardboard boxes covered in blue shit, you know?"

Much of Thor: Love and Thunder was shot in The Volume, so that's likely what the actor is jokingly referring to there. 

In the comic books, Hercules eventually becomes a member of The Avengers, though it's unclear whether Ted Lasso star Brett Goldstein plans on being that big of a part of the MCU. He's a character who could definitely be a key player moving forward, however. 

Are you looking forward to seeing Zeus and Hercules take on Thor?

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AmazingFILMporg - 4/14/2023, 10:36 AM
Bring him back but direct him better😑
MotherGooseUPus - 4/14/2023, 10:41 AM
if there is a massive tonal shift, sure. But the Zeus we got in Thor L&T was dogshit... obviously not his fault, but yikes
Vigor - 4/14/2023, 10:43 AM
@MotherGooseUPus - imagine what the Russos could do with someone like Zeus...
bkmeijer1 - 4/14/2023, 10:44 AM
@MotherGooseUPus - once Zeus threw that bolt at Korg, I really expected a tonal shift. But I guess Marvel's gotta Marvel and leave no death permanent
MotherGooseUPus - 4/14/2023, 1:58 PM
@Vigor - seriously... i one day dream of the Russos with Markus/McFeely returning to make the MCU a gold standard again... one can dream at this point
marvel72 - 4/14/2023, 9:11 PM
@Vigor -

MCU Zeus

Zack Snyder Zeus

Tasmaniac - 4/14/2023, 11:06 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - Exactly. I can’t for the life of me work out why it’s so goddamned hard to do a LOTR style Thor movie (the original trilogy, not the shit that followed). Honestly, it’s got me absolutely [frick]ed. It could be absolutely epic.
mountainman - 4/14/2023, 10:42 AM
Crowe’s Zues was one of the worst parts of one of the worst MCU movies. Unless it’s a completely different interpretation, it would be best to not see him again.
marvel72 - 4/14/2023, 9:12 PM
@mountainman - Look how Odin was portrayed in the MCU then look at Zeus.
mountainman - 4/14/2023, 9:27 PM
@marvel72 - And to think the comics give us stuff like this.

DrReedRichards - 4/14/2023, 10:42 AM
ObserverIO - 4/14/2023, 10:44 AM
I love Crowe and it sounds like he had a lot of fun, but this film stunk.
defenderofthefaith - 4/14/2023, 10:44 AM
If Hercules is going to take on Thor then I can't see Zeus not involved.
bkmeijer1 - 4/14/2023, 10:45 AM
@defenderofthefaith - same. Just wonder when Hercules is gonna show up. My hope is in a special, but no idea where that fits in the slate
GhostDog - 4/14/2023, 10:46 AM
Honestly he was the only comedic element that worked for me in this movie. The rest was awful.
Reginator - 4/14/2023, 10:47 AM
not the version that was in L&T. horrible character in a horrible movie.
OptimusCrime - 4/14/2023, 10:50 AM
Imagine a Zeuss by Russell Crowe, but directed with a serious tone.

The deleted scene was a 100× better than the Zeus we got ....
URCOMMENTSUCKS - 4/15/2023, 8:53 AM
@OptimusCrime - The deleted scene where Zues is still a half-witted clown who eats ice creams and doesn't do jack shit?
OptimusCrime - 4/15/2023, 10:00 AM

URCOMMENTSUCKS - 4/15/2023, 11:37 AM
@OptimusCrime - Yes, that's exactly what I'm talking about. He's still an ASS of a character. Both versions suck.
OptimusCrime - 4/15/2023, 6:22 PM
DudeGuy - 4/14/2023, 11:02 AM
You’re better than that Rus
MyCoolYoung - 4/14/2023, 11:06 AM
I liked love and thunder 🤷🏾‍♂️

Also OT I think we judged falcon and the winter soldier way too harshly. I just rewatched most of it yesterday, something I never do with shows, and I’m changing tunes on it all the way.

I don’t think the weekly drops helped it but a lot of those episodes resonated with me a lot more now. I haven’t watched the finale I’m sure that’ll still be mediocre but episodes 1 and 5 are damn good
LSHF - 4/15/2023, 12:45 AM
@MyCoolYoung - As you know, sometimes first viewings can be influenced by many factors that won't come into play for months or years later. Even professional critics change their opinions on later viewings.

Regarding my first viewing of the first scene in the first episode, that opening was exciting and looked flawless.
MyCoolYoung - 4/15/2023, 4:42 AM
@LSHF - the first episode really was flawless. I was amazed watching it.

The first time around I thought Bucky got shafted with this series, but honestly, I don't feel this way anymore. His arc was set up really well, especially regarding why he was so mad at Sam about the shield. When it was time to take it back and him saying "yea we do" to John Walker saying "You don't want to do this" you completely understand why he said it so aggressively.

I also went and looked at the reviews, which I rarely do, and critics loved the show episode to episode up until the finale. The finale isn't well received and I haven't watched that yet, but I don't think that should take away everything that happened beforehand.
LSHF - 4/15/2023, 2:33 PM
@MyCoolYoung - Agree 100%.

Sam's speech in the last episode didn't sit well with a lot of people, but I just tried to understand where his character was coming from (like I should with all characters) give some thought to what he was saying instead of judging it.

It was a good last episode and, of course, watch for the credit scenes, as one of the characters is showing up in another MCU series.
MyCoolYoung - 4/15/2023, 5:41 PM
@LSHF - I'm still going to watch it for sure. The speech, from what I remember, comes across a little preachy and I hate moments like "no, he's captain america" they're really corny, but the series set up the speech really well.

Look at the way the bank did sam and his sister, the US discarded John walker's whole military career after one incident(I know that incident was really bad), Isiah Bradley being locked up for helping his people, etc.

Perspectives are everything. The US president is probably the biggest terrorist to some countries and I think that's what that speech was about, imo
LSHF - 4/16/2023, 11:42 PM
@MyCoolYoung - Yes, the speech made sense (I think) within the context of the preceding episodes. Some wanted a Steve Rogers type speech, but Sam said what he felt needed to be said regarding what had recently happened and didn't come across as having all the answers, but a very honest and truthful message of needing to do better. And the more one thinks about what sll that entails, the easier it is to realize how important that message is. We pay the price on a regular basis for not doing better, and when something as important as what went down happens, everyone involved needs to do better.
LSHF - 4/16/2023, 11:48 PM
@MyCoolYoung - I don't know where to begin or end regarding that second paragraph, except none of what happened was surprising. There are way too many similar stories.
LSHF - 4/16/2023, 11:50 PM
@MyCoolYoung - I need to watch that speech again with a different perspective after reading the third paragraph.
MyCoolYoung - 4/17/2023, 5:01 AM
@LSHF - I watched the last episode finally. It could've been better, but I feel like the whole thing flowed way better than it did the first time watching it.

I'd wager this is one show that didn't benefit from the week-to-week drop. It felt like one long movie when played back to back. It really changed my mind.

I thought it bit off more than it could chew and Bucky got shafted, but the only thing that did was Bucky's conversation with the older man.

Sebastian Stan was elite. John Walker's descent into madness was well done. He wanted to be respected from the time he came on the scene and no one ever did and everyone whooped his ass.

I still hated the "no, he's captain america" moment lol
LSHF - 4/20/2023, 12:19 AM
@MyCoolYoung - I'm glad the last episode flowed better the second time. It's sometimes hard to take everything in during the first viewing.

I mainly liked the growing relationship between the two leads, the appearances of the returning MCU characters (Sharon, Zemo, etc.), what Sam was able to do Isiah s situation, and how good it all looked.

LSHF - 4/20/2023, 12:21 AM
@MyCoolYoung - I can't even remember the "No, he's Captain America." moment. I guess it didn't hit me the same way. What about it rubbed you the wrong way?
MyCoolYoung - 4/20/2023, 12:35 AM
@LSHF - it's just bad writing to me. It's kinda on the nose to everything that happened in the series with Sam saying he'll never be accepted as Cap and its kinda said in a cringey kinda way.

Bucky and Sam's relationship works well, Sam and Isiah for sure, buck's relationship to the shield i.e Steve, Sam's relationship to shield, John walker's.

There's really a lot that works within this show and I'm not exaggerating when I say I was in awe with how much I liked it. I moved it up to number 2 for me
LSHF - 4/21/2023, 9:32 PM
@MyCoolYoung - Okay, thank you for the explanation.

If I had a favorite, I would have to say Hawkeye, because I've watched it over seven times, which is five more times than the rest of them.

I don't really have a second or third/etc. favorite.

Which one is your favorite? I forgot.
MyCoolYoung - 4/21/2023, 9:54 PM
@LSHF - WandaVision. I'll never the discourse around WandaVision week to week. It was really great plus the show itself being good
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