The Marvel Cinematic Universe is growing by leaps and bounds as it pushes through Phase Four. Where we once only had Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, we now are about to have a whole bunch of Marvels. We used to only have one Black Widow, one Hawkeye, and one Hulk, but all that is changing. It also looks like we are expanding what divine beings we see in the MCU past just Thor’s Norse pantheon. Our trusted and proven sources have told us that Ted Lasso actor and writer Brett Goldstein has been cast as Hercules, son of Zeus in the MCU.
Brett Goldstein has been a popular fan-casting for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s take on Hercules for some time. Once it was announced that Russell Crowe would be playing Zeus in the upcoming Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Love and Thunder, it became something of an inevitably for the Greek father god’s most famous son to show up at some point. It is currently not known whether Brett Goldstein’s Hercules will show up in Thor: Love and Thunder, but the groundwork will definitely be there for him to appear.
Of course, what with Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher appearing as the main villain in Thor: Love and Thunder and (as his name implies) having a real bone to pick with Marvel’s collective divinities, things might not be looking too hot for Brett Goldstein as Hercules. On the other hand, if Gorr does attack Olympus and do some destruction, that could be a compelling built-in narrative arc for the character to go from. A future Brett Goldstein as Hercules storyline (if he’s not swiftly dispatched by Gorr, just saying) could follow him looking for revenge or simply for a new home. We will have to see.
While we are not exactly sure when Brett Goldstein’s Hercules will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hercules has been part of Marvel Comics for decades. He was first introduced in 1964 as a servant of Immortus (a future version of Kang the Conquerer, set to be played by Jonathan Majors in the MCU), that was retconned to be an impostor. For most of his appearances in the MCU, he has been portrayed as a rival of both Thor and the Hulk, being comparable to the two in strength and endurance. He has also been paralleled with Thor as a similarly powerful god figure with similar issues of arrogance and has often been shown to be something of an attention-seeker and obsessed with celebrity.
Brett Goldstein being cast as Hercules is definitely a big step forward for the actor, who is best known to audiences as the surly, gravel-voiced footballer Roy Kent on Apple TV+’s hit comedy series Ted Lasso. While that show was a breakout hit for pretty much everyone involved, pretty much nothing in the world of entertainment compares to the exposure and pressure of being in the MCU. Fortunately for us, we are just excited to see how they manage to keep Brett Goldstein from cursing on screen for an entire film.