It was reported last year, after being spotted at a rugby match with other familiar actors, that Russell Crowe was cast in a minor role in Thor: Love and Thunder. Marvel Studios had hoped to surprise fans with Crowe's role in the Ragnarok sequel, but that obviously didn't happen. It was only made worse when Crowe himself spoiled that he would be playing Zeus.
Considering Crowe's prominence in the newest trailer and his reportedly minor role, it's likely that Zeus will be a victim of Christian Bale's Gorr the God Butcher to help set the stakes for our heroes and shock audiences. A new synopsis for the trailer not only confirms, once and for all, that Crowe is Zeus but also hints at the mystery of Gorr in this new sequel.
Russell Crowe Confirmed as Zeus
An official synopsis for Thor: Love and Thunder has been released that confirms Russell Crowe's role as Zeus:
A new trailer and poster are now available for Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Love and Thunder,” revealing new details about the God of Thunder’s latest adventure—including a trek to Olympus where Zeus (Russell Crowe) reigns supreme.
It also reveals that our heroes will have to "uncover the mystery of the God Butcher's vengeance" in order to stop him:
The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a search for self-discovery. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
The "Mystery" of Gorr
It's obvious that Russell Crowe's Zeus will bite it pretty early, especially when Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie wields his lighting bolt against Gorr in the latest trailer. However, the more exciting part of this synopsis is that, to defeat Gorr, the heroes will have to "uncover the mystery" of the God Butcher.
It likely means that Love and Thunder will delve into Gorr's tragic backstory and why he hates the gods. But, the group probably wants to learn more about the weapon Gorr possesses that allows him to slay gods with ease and whether it has any weaknesses.
This coming on top of Crowe's confirmation in the new synopsis, should set up some thrilling plot developments as Thor, Jane, Valkyrie, and Korg seek to learn more about the Gods' long history in the cosmos. While there is still plenty of mystery surrounding Zeus' place in the story, Gorr is ready to unleash his own mayhem as he hunts down the universe's most powerful beings.
Hopefully, fans will see Gorr's origin when Thor: Love and Thunder releases in theaters on July 8.