Thor 4: Russell Crowe Spoils Who He's Playing In Chris Hemsworth Sequel

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
Russell Crowe, Thor 4, Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder is set to reinvent Chris Hemsworth's Thor once again, but the Avenger will not be the only character that will undergo a major change this time around. Directed by Taika Waititi, the film will reunite Hemsworth's MCU hero with Natalie Portman's Jane Foster with the latter transforming into the Mighty Thor .

Plot details of Love and Thunder are still being kept under wraps, but one of the highly-talked-about details of the film is its stacked cast of stars. Aside from Hemsworth and Portman, the fourth Thor installment will feature the return of Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie , Jamie Alexander's Lady Sif , and nearly every member of the Guardians of the Galaxy .

Alongside the returning MCU stars, new characters will also join Thor's next adventure, and they will be played by A-list actors and actresses such as Melissa McCarthy, Sam Neil , and award-winning veteran Russell Crowe .

Crowe's involvement is a surprising one, to say the least, and the announcement of his casting led to numerous speculations about his character. Now, the actor may have spoiled who it is in a new interview.



Russell Crowe sat down with Australia's Joy 94.9 to talk about Thor: Love and Thunder . During the interview, the veteran actor may have accidentally revealed that he will play Zeus in the upcoming MCU flick:

“I'm gonna get on my bicycle. I'm gonna ride up to Disney Fox Studios, and around about 9:15, I shall be Zeus! It's for Thor. It's my last day of Zeus-ing about, and I'm going to enjoy it.”

The full snippet of the interview can be heard below:


Many would agree that Crowe is a fitting choice to play the MCU's Zeus, and this confirmation could essentially mean that he will duke it out against Christian Bale's Gorr the God Butcher. As fans now know, Bale's Gorr will serve as the chief villain of Thor: Love and Thunder, and this spells trouble for virtually every character that has "God" in their name.

On a plot level, Crowe's involvement as Zeus could hint that he will play a part in the origin story of Gorr. In Marvel Comics, it was revealed that Gorr sought revenge against the Gods after the death of his wife and children, wreaking havoc within the cosmos for thousands of years.

It's possible that Gorr ends up killing Zeus along the way, thus confirming early reports that Crowe only has a “small role” in the sequel.

By defeating Zeus, it looks like Gorr will serve as a formidable challenge to Chris Hemsworth's Thor, and this could explain why a team-up with Valkyrie, Sif, and Jane Foster is essential in the narrative.

Thor: Love and Thunder is set to premiere in theaters on May 6, 2022.

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Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.