Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Love and Thunder” kicked off its North American box office run with a massive $29 million in previews on Thursday.
The film also began rolling out abroad mid-week, earning $48.6 million in 42 markets through Friday. This essentially confirms that the film is on track for projections of a domestic opening of $150 million or more and possibly more than $300 million worldwide.
SPOILERS FORWARD FOR FINAL CREDITS SEQUENCE
Now that the film is showing, there’s been quite a bit of talk about what has become a new Marvel staple – a casting announcement in a credits stinger. From Harry Styles in ‘Eternals’ to Charlize Theron in the sequel to ‘Doctor Strange’, the stinger has become a platform for an actor to appear for a few hours, say a line or two and a possible future role as theirs. to mark.
In this case, it’s none other than Roy Kent himself from Ted Lasso, actor/writer Brett Goldstein. Goldstein briefly appears in a sequence in which an injured Zeus (Russell Crowe) orders his demigod son Hercules (Goldstein) to deal with Thor.
Speaking to Uproxx, “Love and Thunder” director Taika Waititi said the recording came at the request of Marvel president Kevin Feige and said “Kevin really wanted him to do it” and saw the response to the premiere was, “It was such a cool moment in the cinema where it was playing, people were going crazy.”
As for how Hercules will fit into the MCU in the future, Waititi says he hasn’t been told the bigger picture:
“I don’t know if that has to do with Thor, or how that will develop. This will be interesting to watch because Kevin, he is clearly the mastermind behind all these discussions and how they come together and how they meet, mix and match. So I’m curious to discover it for myself.”
The character also has his own comic books to pull from, but he often appears in the same stories as Thor in the comics.
More is expected to be revealed in two weeks’ time when Marvel holds its Comic-Con panel in San Diego and shows what will happen over the next two years or so.