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Zeus In The MCU: How Greek Gods Exist In This Universe Explained

By Mabel Judith Andrady
April 21,2022

In the Thor: Love and Thunder trailer, Russell Crowe’s Zeus is finally revealed, raising new questions about the MCU’s treatment of Greek deities. There was never any evidence that the Greek gods were anything other than mythological figures in Marvel’s world before this was acknowledged that Crowe would play the character in Thor’s next film. However, if Zeus is a real person, it follows that there must be a number of his fellow gods, if not all of them.

Thor: Love and Thunder’s new trailer teased fans with a glimpse of what’s to come for the mighty hero. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Korg make up the bulk of the trailer’s content. Natalie Portman’s character as Mighty Thor is also prominently featured. Aside from showing off Zeus briefly, it notably avoided any mention of Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher character.

Different Story, Same Character

Russell Crowe as Zeus in a still from the Teaser

Russell Crowe as Zeus in a still from the Teaser

To greet a large crowd, he holds up his signature thunderbolt in a shot taken from behind at 0:52. Olympus, the hidden home of the Greek gods, is likely to be shown in this trailer, despite the fact that it isn’t explicitly stated. No other hints were given about his or his people’s role in the story, but it’s widely assumed that Gorr’s crusade against the gods will involve them.

The source material explains how the Greek deities can work in the MCU in Thor: Love and Thunder. As early as the 1960s, it was established that the Asgardians weren’t the only gods and goddesses who once ruled Earth. They were viewed by ancient humans as gods just like Odin, Thor, and their fellow Asgardians were viewed by modern humans.

Based on cultural myths, the same backstory was used for a variety of superhuman warriors. Comic books don’t have to use this same origin story for their characters. Furthermore, it’s becoming clear that the MCU is doing the same for its own gods as well.

A Plethora Of Greek Gods In The MCU

The iconic thunder symbol from the Comics

The iconic thunder symbol from the Comics

That Marvel had already proved this concept was a part of the MCU prior to Zeus’s debut is worth noting. For the first time, Marvel has confirmed the existence of Egyptian gods in Moon Knight. Because of these characters’ appearances, the Marvel Cinematic Universe now has a wide variety of pantheons to choose from. It’s possible, as it was in the comics, that the gods of the Maya, Incan, Japanese, Irish, and Chinese cultures have a hidden base in the Marvel universe. Gore the God Butcher’s murderous rampage could happen to any of them.

No matter what happens in the future with Thor: Love and Thunder or another MCU project, Zeus’ introduction laid the groundwork for a number of Marvel characters to appear. Several Greek gods, including Hercules, Ares, and Typhon, were used as heroes and villains in Marvel Comics. However, Hercules isn’t the only Marvel Comics hero who could play a role in a future MCU movie or TV series. The MCU can tell a plethora of stories inspired by Greek mythology because of the sheer volume of material available.

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