The following contains spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder, in cinemas now.
New Thor: Love and Thunder photos surfaced online that offer a detailed look at Wakanda's panther goddess, Bast.
Luca Vannella, head of Love and Thunder's hair and makeup department, shared the images on Twitter. They include a high-res close-up of actor Akosia Sabet as Bast's humanoid form, who appears during the scene in which the gods and goddesses of many realms gather in Omnipotence City. One of the most impressive aspects of Sabet's ornate costume is her black-and-gold headdress, which evokes the cat ears associated with Bast's panther form seen in 2018's Black Panther.
Despite the many impressive deities on hand in Thor: Love and Thunder's Omnipotence City scene, it's Russell Crowe's Zeus who ultimately dominates proceedings. The Oscar-winning actor wasn't always supposed to play the ruler of Olympus, though. Instead, early concept art depicts Crowe as Satan, with at least one design heavily influenced by Tim Curry's Lord of Darkness in the 1985 fantasy cult classic Legend. Director Taika Waititi subsequently confirmed that Crowe's accent almost didn't make it into the movie either, until he decided that having Zeus speak with a faux-British accent would potentially be even more offensive to Greek audiences.
Hercules' Surprising Post-Credits MCU Debut
Crowe also features prominently in Thor: Love and Thunder's mid-credits scene, in which a vengeful Zeus sends his son Hercules to kill the God of Thunder. This marks the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of Hercules, with Ted Lasso star Brett Goldstein portraying the character. Goldstein recalled how he broke the news to his parents, convincing them to see the film without telling them he was in it. The plan worked, although Goldstein's mother nearly missed his brief cameo because she was texting him at the time.
Goldstein's parents weren't the only ones surprised by Hercules' MCU introduction, either. Thor: Love and Thunder co-writer Jennifer Kaytin Robinson previously admitted that she didn't know Zeus' strongman son would feature in the film until she watched the final cut. "I saw that at the premiere with everybody else," she said. "In the same way that I guess Taika didn't know Thor was coming back [post-Love and Thunder], I did not know that [Goldstein's Ted Lasso character] Roy Kent was Hercules," she said. "I'm a huge Marvel fan, so I was delighted to have one moment in the movie where I was truly surprised."
Thor: Love and Thunder is now in theaters.