Russell Crowe has been cast in Thor: Love and Thunder and that immediately led to fans speculating on what role he could be fulfilling. The actor is prominent enough that everyone figured that he would be playing a major role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rumors abounded but it looks like the actor himself has confirmed what role he will be playing in the upcoming comic book superhero sequel.
In an interview with the Australian radio station JOY 94.9, Russell Crowe divulged that he is playing the character of Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder. You can hear him make the reveal in the tweet embedded into the article below:
The idea that Russell Crowe is playing Zeus was already making the rounds since his official casting was announced through Deadline and now the actor himself has put the final word on it. There is no word on exactly what kind of interpretation director Taika Waititi will be taking with the Greek god, but we have to assume it will take some inspiration from the actual Marvel Comics version of the character. If so, it could mean a much larger integration of a number of superpowered beings entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Zeus has had a strong connection to the Eternals who will be premiering in their own movie later this year.
Does this mean that we can expect Russell Crowe to pop up as Zeus in Eternals? The actor says that he will be filming his final days as Zeus in the above radio show clip, so it could either be to finish up some shots for Thor: Love and Thunder or it could be to film some kind of post-credits tag that will be a part of Eternals. Marvel has done this a few times with their Marvel Cinematic Universe movies where a post-credits teaser is shot by the crew making another movie. It happened with Thor: The Dark World and Doctor Strange whose post-credits scenes were filmed during the shoots for Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok respectively. This could easily be what they are doing with the last few shooting days for Russell Crowe.
Of course, that could not be the case and this is just the last bit of shooting they need from him for Thor: Love and Thunder. Will this mean that Zeus will be positioned as an antagonist and these are the last scenes they need for his exit from the movie? Or is Russell Crowe going to be a benevolent force in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? We will have to wait and see just how the character ends up being used in the movie. Now, it will be interesting since DC is also bringing in more Greek figures into their own comic book movie mythology with more Wonder Woman movies and Shazam!: Fury of the Gods. Just how will this track with audiences?
Regardless, we now know Russell Crowe is Zeus thanks to the actor himself confirming it. It is just one more reason to get excited for Thor: Love and Thunder when it releases in theaters on February 11, 2022.