Thor: Ragnarok is my favorite MCU movie, thanks in large part to writer/director Taika Waititi’s influence. The character really found his footing in Ragnarok, pound-for-pound the funniest MCU movie yet, and it’s nothing but good news that he’s coming back for the next installment, Thor: Love and Thunder, which primises to maintain the third movie’s good-time vibe.
Which isn’t to say that Thor 4 is more of the same. No, they’re really mixing things up, bringing back Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster to actually wield Mjolnir and become Lady Thor herself, bringing Christian Bale on board as bad guy Gorr the God Butcher, and even adding some of the Guardians of the Galaxy to the mix.
Bale and Portman aren’t the only Oscar winners joining Chris Hemsworth and company. Russell Crowe, the former Hollywood heavyweight whose star has dimmed a bit over the past decade but can still bring it (see: The Nice Guys), was known to be in the cast, but no one knew who he was playing.
Well, we do now, and it’s a role befitting the stormy actor.
Crowe was giving an interview to an Australian radio station, and as the conversation was wrapping up, he spilled the beans:
“Now, I’m gonna get on my bicycle, I’m gonna ride up to Disney-Fox studios… and round about 9:15, I shall be Zeus in Thor 4,” Crowe said. “It’s my last day of Zeus-ing about.”
The role is rumored to be a mere cameo, but either way, it’s interesting to wonder what a Greek god is doing in a Norse god’s universe. Could this have something to do with the MCU’s expansion into the multiverse? Or do all the different mythologies simply co-exist already?
This won’t be Zeus’s first foray into a cinematic superhero universe, as he plays a role in Wonder Woman’s origin story, and he and several other Greek gods have appeared in both WW and the Justice League (both versions). He wasn’t played by Maximus though, because, as usual, Marvel just does it better.
Whether it is just a cameo or Crowe has a bigger role is yet to be seen, but the man is a formidable presence, and he’s sure to make his mark. Unless Bale’s God Butcher gets to him before Thor does.