4 Surprising Facts About the Stage of Hercules

Marvel’s new blockbuster Thor: Love and Thunder dealt with Chris Hemsworth‘s Odinson as he pursued the dangerous Gorr the God Butcher. He and his companions traveled to Omnipotence City, the home of the gods, in hopes that they would help him defeat the intense antagonist Christian Bale.

Instead, Zeus, the Greek god of thunder, firmly and quickly refused to help them. A fight broke out between Thor’s team and Omnipotence City guards, which ended when the Thunder God impaled Zeus with his own Thunderbolt, then stole the weapon.

In the film’s mid-credits scene, audiences saw Zeus again as he plots revenge on Thor and sends his son, Brett Goldstein’s Hercules, after the Asgardian. Now, some intriguing new details have been discussed regarding the making of this mid-credits stinger.

How Thor 4’s Hercules Intro Was Filmed

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Thor: Love and ThunderJake Morrison’s VFX supervisor, in an interview with Josh Wilding, explained what went into the production of the film’s mid-credits sequence with four key details.

Done 1.) For starters, Morrison revealed that the mace held by Brett Goldstein’s Hercules in the film was a hands-on piece instead of CGI. It was actually handcrafted at the last minute so Goldstein could use it on camera.

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“Amazingly, because it happened relatively late in the program, amazingly, like the prop that he has there that is, generally…for CG stuff, we tend to end up with just a lot of CG props . It tends to happen. We have great prop masters, but the requirements towards the end change in an instant or you can fine-tune the props until the movie comes out. But this one, Ra Vincent who came to help us… He was part of the art department all along, was. He works with Taika [Waititi] all the time, he is a very good friend. He walked in and he said, “I think I can get the original prop,” like what Hercules is supposed to have. ‘Cause I was all set for Brett [Goldstein] wearing a gray stick or something… with dots on it… And Ra just said, “I think I can get him auto-shopped in London in time for the shoot.” And we did. I mean I was a bit amazed at the logistics.

Done 2.) The VFX artist went on to describe the surprising feats that Thor 4production was able to accomplish. He also said Waititi filmed the Goldstein scene 100% remotely, as the Hercules actor filmed the sequence in London while Waititi and the crew were back at Disney land in Burbank, Calif. :

“I have to tell you the logistics of pulling this off, we had an amazing day, I don’t know how well known it is, but it was an amazing day where we were based in Burbank. And it was myself, Taika, and creative execs from Marvel. And we basically had a shoot at Pinewood in London in the morning, and we had a live video link so Taika could talk to everyone, and we had the ADs there, and we had one of our other crews who was working on VFX…preparing blue screens, all the usual palaver. And we did and it was morning.”

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Done 3.) It turns out that Russell Crowe was also on a different continent from Waititi and Goldstein when he filmed his part of the sequence. Waititi, while in the Los Angeles area, was able to direct Crowe, who was in Australia, from a “control room” later the same day, Goldstein’s piece was shot from a distance:

“And then we got a little dark for a while, and did a few other things, and then in the afternoon we shot the other side of the stage, which is in Sydney where Russell Crowe was… Taika is just sitting there in this… control room… in our big screening room at Marvel and so we’re sitting there saying, ‘Man may never leave a seat again… This is a dream of a director. He can just say, ‘You’re doing this’ and he’s able to chat…and the actors can see it, and everything else.”

“It was pretty cool and of course we have to build the environments and stuff. You know, the usual stuff. But yeah, pretty exciting. And that’s one of the fun things you learn working with Marvel for a long period of time, aren’t they afraid to do huge jumps, and just have a good idea, and jump in, and never stop and think, ‘Is it possible?’ Just kind of doing or trying as hard as possible to do it. So I’m really glad to see…that the beacon scene came together as well as it did. I mean, we had to design the whole environment from scratch. Like Ra got us the right prop and everything. Brett looked great. I mean, it’s cool. Russell looked great.

Done 4.) Finally, Morrison spoke about the fact that the original sets of Omnipotence City were brought back to serve as Crowe’s backdrop:

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“We had to put the scorch hole in there, because it was taken down with Thunderbolt and everything. And we were able to get like all the original Zeus sets as they are known from the Golden Temple. is all from the same gang we had for principal filming in Sydney, just back for that tag. So it’s kind of blessed that one, really. And it’s such a fun ending to the movie, I think.

The Thor 4 setup for the future

Clearly, Thor: Love and ThunderThe credits scene of was set for a future MCU project. Marvel wouldn’t just be bringing in a standout face like Brett Goldstein for Hercules if the studio didn’t have any more plans for him.

The sequence ends with Herc swearing to do his father’s bidding and pursue Thor in an act of revenge. This could lead to a fun and exciting clash between the two godlike characters. But let it happen in Thor 5 or another Marvel Studios live-action episode remains to be seen.

Still, it’s interesting to know exactly how the introduction to Hercules was put together. Given the logistics of modern cinema, you’d think actors remotely filming small cameos like Goldstein’s have become a bit more common.

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder is now streaming on Disney+.

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