Watching Thor: Love and Thunder at the cinema almost didn’t happen after I read negative reviews about Russell Crowe, the actor cast as Zeus in Thor movie number 4.
Paying money to watch a crappy movie isn’t my idea of fun, so I was hesitant to go, but in the end, I couldn’t resist.
The chance to see Zeus, king of the Greek Gods, on the big screen at the cinema made me want to watch Thor: Love and Thunder.
Greek mythology themes in movies always attract my attention, and the word “Zeus” doubly so.
Zeus only had a bit part in the film, but seeing Zeus in movies is rare.
If the mighty Greek God Zeus hadn’t been in this Thor film, I probably wouldn’t have gone to the cinema to see the movie.
However, this Marvel movie would introduce Greek Gods to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so I had to go.
Otherwise, I would have waited until Thor: Love and Thunder came out on DVD.
The reason is that before watching this movie, I wasn’t a massive fan of the Thor movie franchise.
Here’s my opinion of the three other Thor movies that preceded Thor: Love and Thunder.
I liked Thor (2011), but it isn’t a classic movie for me.
The second movie Thor: The Dark World (2013), didn’t do anything for me.
I ended up turning Thor: Ragnarok (2017) off after watching it only for a short time. It just seemed too silly. However, I’ll have to give it another shot.
So why did I go to see Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) at the cinema?
It was all because of Greek God Zeus.
Thor: Love and Thunder Cast (Greek Gods)
Greek Gods appearing in Thor: Love and Thunder made me curious.
The thing is, I didn’t want to miss seeing Zeus on a large cinema screen, and finding Zeus in a movie is difficult.
You can see Zeus in Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts, but seeing Zeus in a Thor film would be extra level.
Zeus is one of the best Greek God attractions you could hope to see.
Several more Greek Gods also made an unexpected appearance in the Thor film, even though they didn’t have much screen time.
That’s because most of the Greek Gods cast in the film appeared in one memorable scene, shown inside a spectacular golden Olympus hall — Omnipotence City.
The main cast of Greek Gods making it into Thor: Love and Thunder included Zeus and Hercules.
However, Dionysus, Artemis, and Minerva also appeared in the film. Most people probably had no clue about their appearance.
Their names appear in the final credits at the end of the film, so they are in the movie.
For those who don’t know, Minerva is the Roman name given to Athena, the Goddess of wisdom and warfare.
Hercules only appeared on the screen after Zeus desired revenge near the end when the film finished.
Who better to give payback than Hercules? He’s the strongest Greek God and the son of Zeus!
So all up, five of the cast played Greek Gods in Thor: Live and Thunder.
Maybe there are even more Greek Gods lurking about in the Thor movie on the sidelines, but you’d probably have to pause the film to see them.
That’s one reason why I’ll have to watch the film again.
Thor Cast: Zeus – Russell Crow
Russell Crowe played Zeus in Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder.
Looking back at the actor’s career, it seems weird that he got to play the supreme Olympian God.
His first breakthrough film was a movie called Romper Stomper. In that 1992 Australian drama film, he played a violent neo-Nazi skinhead.
How do you go from a skinhead role to playing Zeus, the top Greek God?
Well, because Russell Crow is a great actor. He went on to star in some of the best movies ever made.
Three of my favorite Russell Crowe movies include Gladiator (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Man of Steel (2013).
The first two movies are incredible! I have watched both of them many times.
Fun Fact: In Gladiator, his character enters the Elysian Fields at the very end (the equivalent of Valhalla).
Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder
So did I enjoy Russell Crowe’s portrayal of Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder?
Yes, it was pretty entertaining. The way Zeus walked, his weird accent, and the Greek God-style clothing, made you take notice of the top Olympian God.
I’m unsure whether Zeus’ accent was supposed to give off Greek or Latin vibes. Whatever the plan, I found it pretty amusing.
The inside scoop is that Russel Crowe fought to have Zeus speaking with a Greek accent in the Thor movie.
He tried to convince the director Taika Waititi that the ruler of Olympus should have a Greek accent.
It does make a lot of sense because Olympian Zeus is a Greek God from an ancient Greek religion.
From what I have heard, Russel Crowe filmed two scenes as Zeus, one using a British accent and the other with a Greek accent.
The Greek accent sounded much more like a bizarre mash of several languages.
Test audiences enjoyed hearing the Greek-like accent spoken by Zeus, so that’s the one they chose to use in the film. I have to agree. They made the right choice.
One thing I wasn’t a big fan of in the film had to be the numerous “orgy” words spoken by Zeus, as it does make the Greek God appear very sleazy, but I’ll let that slide.
Zeus even used his lightning powers to make Thor appear naked inside the Omnipotence City, the meeting place for gods from all over the universe.
It is another unexpected character assassination spearheaded toward Zeus.
It doesn’t matter. Russell Crowe, cast as Zeus, played the chief Greek deity quite well.
Thor Cast: Hercules – Brett Goldstein
Brett Goldstein is the new Marvel character Hercules in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Hercules appeared near the film’s end after the first film credits, which showed the main star cast of Thor: Love and Thunder.
The actor is known for starring in Ted Lasso, an American sports comedy-drama television series.
I have never heard of it before, but this film could be his big break. Playing Hercules in the next Thor movie is going to attract massive attention.
Hercules in Thor: Love and Thunder
From memory, the only thing you’ll see of Hercules in this Thor film is a 10-second shot of him where he’s wearing striking golden armor.
Zeus calls on his son, a fully-fledged Greek God, to gain back some respect — an excellent way of putting it.
It will be fascinating to see where this Greek God storyline goes with the Thor movies.
The next Thor movie will likely have Hercules playing a significant part in the film.
In Marvel comic books, Hercules and Thor have had some colossal fights and punch-ups.
So I assume there has to be at least one big fight between Thor and Hercules in the next Thor film. I wonder who will win?
Or maybe the most significant battle will be between Zeus and Thor.
Thor got the better of Zeus in this film when he impaled Zeus with a thunderbolt, but in the next movie, I wonder if Zeus will win the fight.
Hercules vs Thor, Zeus vs Thor, Norse vs Greek Gods, whatever happens, the next Thor movie is going to be amazing!
I’ll most likely have to add it to my list of the Best Hercules Movies.
Thor, the hammer-wielding god, will return to the screen in the future, so I can’t wait to see what happens in Thor 5, the next superhero movie.
There may even be a spinoff Marvel movie franchise for the Greek Gods. Who knows?
Thor Cast: Dionysus – Simon Russell Beale
In this Thor film, Simon Russell Beale plays Dionysus, the Greek God of wine and revelry.
I don’t think I noticed Dionysus when I watched Thor: Love and Thunder, but the Greek God does show himself in the movie.
The name Dionysus appears on the credits when showing the rest of the cast, which occurs after the initial film star/cast credits.
The older chap has done movies, theatre, and television work, but nothing I have noticed.
He was probably in a prominent position inside the Omnipotence City, somewhere close to Zeus in the movie.
Thor Cast: Artemis – Priscilla Doueihy
The Australian Lebanese actress can be seen cast as Artemis in Thor: Love and Thunder.
I haven’t noticed any of her other films, but Priscilla Doueihy’s role as Artemis in this movie has attracted my attention.
Thor Cast: Minerva – Carmen Foon
Not much information is available about the actress Carmen Foon who appeared as Minerva in the Thor film.
One thing I have picked up about Carmen Foon is that she is a costume designer and actress. I wonder how Carmen Foon got cast as Minerva in Thor?
Greek Gods Cast from Australia
When you think about it, that means three Australian actors played Greek Gods in Thor: Love and Thunder. A Greek Pantheon packed with Australian actors is pretty impressive!
Russell Crowe, cast as Zeus, is often considered Australian due to the amount of time he has spent in Australia, even though he was originally from New Zealand.
Chris Hemsworth is also Australian. He likes to hang out at Byron Bay, a top beachside destination in Australia.
Having an Australian playing Thor, the movie’s main attraction, speaks volumes.
And then there’s the Australian Lebanese actress Priscilla Doueihy who plays the Greek Goddess Artemis in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Thor Cast – Zeus Wives/Attendants
One of the biggest mysteries in the film to me is who were the Goddesses surrounding Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder supposed to be?
Are they the wives of Zeus, or are they Goddesses?
Could one of them be Hera, the wife of Zeus and Queen of the Olympians?
Maybe it’s the blonde or the brunette standing next to Zeus. However, it seems unlikely as Zeus did talk about orgies!
Were the beautiful immortal Goddesses the attendants of Zeus?
Some people have described the beautiful attendants as Zeusettes, which comes from the word Nymphettes.
There are still many unanswered questions I have about this Thor movie.
At this stage, I can’t say who the Zeusettes are, but when I watch the movie again, I’ll try and track them down.
Future Greek God Casting
The incredible thing about the Marvel Universe is that more Greek Gods could appear in future Thor movies if you consider what happens in Marvel books.
Here are some Greek Gods who could appear in a future Thor movie.
- Hera Argeia – the wife of Zeus and Queen of the Olympians
- Aphrodite Ourania – the Goddess of love and beauty
- Hecate – the Goddess of Magic
- Apollo – the God of light, poetry, and music
- Hermes Diaktoros – the God of travel and commerce
- Hephaestus Aetnaeus – the God of fire and blacksmiths
- Hades – the God of the Underworld
- Ares – the God of War
Zeus is the first Greek God to join the MCU in film, including four other Greek Gods/Goddesses who appeared in Thor: Love and Thunder.
I wonder which Greek God will show up next.
Valhalla in Norse mythology – End Credit
I missed watching the last end credit scene, where Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) wakes up in Valhalla, the afterlife where gods who fall in battle go to be with god Odin.
Valhalla, by the way, is the equivalent of the Elysian Fields (also called Elysium) in Greek mythology.
If you’re wondering how she ended up making it to Valhalla, Jane Foster mysteriously becomes a female version of the Mighty Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder.
I was disappointed that I missed seeing the second post-credit scene.
Most people had walked out of the cinema by that time, so I wasn’t the only one who thought the entire movie had finished.
These post-credit scenes are a recurring feature at the end of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, so keep that in mind.
You can see this scene about 4 minutes after the first post-credit scene when the full credits finish.
Thor: Love and Thunder Film Review
I enjoyed watching the fourth Thor film a lot, so I’d like to watch the film again.
One of the factors that made it so enjoyable was the appearance of the Greek Gods.
Seeing Zeus and Hercules in Thor: Love and Thunder made it extra special.
It just shows that you shouldn’t always believe negative reviews about a movie. But then again, I’m so glad I didn’t go to see the sequel of Wonder Woman (2017) at the cinema. Because Wonder Woman 1984 was terrible!
The movie Thor: Love and Thunder, the twenty-ninth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, had a bit of everything in it.
I loved seeing some Greek mythology themes introduced, and the scenery was epic!
I even saw a Pegasus horse and a guy playing the Pan pipes in the film.
Could this be one of those highly secretive Movies with messages from the Greek Gods? At this point, I’m not sure.
I found the storyline quite interesting. The movie has fantastic fight scenes, attempted humor (though nothing made me laugh), and feelings of sadness at times.
Some of you softies will probably even feel slightly sorry for Gorr the God Butcher.
I highly recommend watching Thor: Love and Thunder. I give the movie a score of 8/10.
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