Thor: Love and Thunder may have given Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster a God-sized upgrade, but it also introduced another big-time player from the comics: Hercules (Brett Goldstein). The character was first showcased in the final moments of the film as he’s given orders by his father Zeus to track down and kill Thor.
So who’s grand idea was it to cast the Ted Lasso star as the iconic Greek Avenger? Well, that’s thanks to none other than Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. In fact, Love and Thunder Director Taika Waiti didn’t even know who the character was.
At the very least, Goldstein seems excited to play Hercules and for whatever his future as the Greek Demigod has in store for him. Though, if a new quote from the actor is anything to go by, hopefully, Marvel will give him some more time to train.
Hercules Needed More Training
In an interview with The Playlist, Thor: Love and Thunder star Brett Goldstein talked about what it was like to get the call for the role of Hercules and how much time he got to train.
Goldstein noted how the request was “literally out of the blue one night” and that, at first, he didn’t believe it. It’s not all too surprising to hear that Marvel Studios only gave Goldstein two weeks to train as Hercules. These post-credits scenes tend to often be very last-minute choices.
One of the classic examples of this, though clearly an outlier, is how the now iconic Avengers shawarma scene was filmed at the film’s Red Carpet Premiere.
Really, it’s a miracle that Marvel was able to get the actor to come out with such short notice at all. As he mentioned, he’s a busy man—though, it’s understandable to want to make room in one’s schedule for the MCU.
While the character’s future is unknown, the actor will certainly have more time to train by the next time he’s called back into the studio. But the real question remains: is it even possible to match Chris Hemsworth’s physique in any circumstances?