After weeks of speculation following the announcement that Russell Crowe was joining the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder, we now know who the actor is playing in the sequel: Zeus.
This news comes by way of Comicbook.com, which reports that Crowe said he was Zeus in the film during an interview on JOY Breakfast with The Murphys. An earlier report of Crowe’s casting stated that his role was intended to be a “fun cameo” kept secret by Marvel Studios until the film’s release in theaters. Crowe was spotted with the rest of the film’s cast in Australia, however, and the secret got out. Now we know what he was doing on set.
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“I’m gonna get on my bicycle,” Crowe said in the interview with JOY Breakfast with The Murphys. “I’m gonna ride up to Disney Fox Studios, and around about 9:15, I shall be Zeus.”
The actor then said he was at Disney Fox Studios for “Thor,” presumably referring to Thor: Love and Thunder, and that it was his last day at the studio “Zeus-ing about.”
Crowe is one of many celebrities playing small, cameo-sized roles in this sequel to Thor: Ragnarok. Joining him are Matt Damon, Sam Neil, and Luke Hemsworth as in-universe dramatic portrayals of Loki, Odin, and Thor, respectively. Melissa McCarthy will join them as a stage version of Ragnarok’s Hela too.
As for whether or not Crowe’s Zeus will be a dramatized version or the actual Zeus in the MCU, that remains unknown. Zeus and Thor have been known to get into a scuffle or two in Marvel comics, so perhaps we’ll see the two gods face-off against each other.
Thor: Love and Thunder is being directed by Taika Waititi, who also directed Ragnarok. The cast will include Chris Hemsworth, of course, Natalie Portman, who is returning to play the Jane Foster last seen in Thor: The Dark World, Chris Pratt, Tessa Thompson, and Christian Bale as the villain, Gorr the God Butcher.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.