Newly revealed concept art for Thor: Love and Thunder reveals the role Russell Crowe was originally set to play before he was cast as the Olympian god Zeus.
Thor: Love and Thunder saw Chris Hemsworth return as Marvel’s God of Thunder as he faced off with Christian Bale’s terrifying Gorr the God Butcher. Attempting to garner support from fellow gods, Thor ventured to Omnipotent City, where he met his idol, Zeus.
Russell Crowe played the revered Greek god, but originally he was considered for a cameo role as a very different (un)godly figure.
Russell Crowe Brings Satan To The MCU
As confirmed by concept art shared by Ken Barthelmey, a creature and character designer who worked on Thor: Love and Thunder, Russell Crowe was originally going to appear as Satan in the film.
The exact nature of Satan’s planned role in Thor: Love and Thunder is not clear, but Barthelmey notes in his Instagram post that Russell Crowe was going to play the part “in a cameo scene.” It is unlikely the gods of Omnipotent City would have placed the Devil in the position of power ultimately held by Zeus, so it is likely Crowe’s role was originally set to be much smaller.
The concept art shows Russell Crowe as a red-skinned, hairy-legged, huge-horned Satan, a design that Ken Barthelmey notes was inspired by Tim Curry’s Devil from the 1985 film Legend. Check out the design below:
While the design for Satan is impressive, this role probably would have seen Russell Crowe relegated to playing a smaller part in Thor: Love and Thunder. Introducing Zeus has also ushered Marvel’s version of Hercules into the MCU, played by Brett Goldstein, setting the stage for a battle of gods against Chris Hemsworth’s Thor.
Here is the synopsis for Thor: Love and Thunder:
The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, the Thor solo film stars Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
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