Content Warning! This List Contains Spoilers For Thor: Love and Thunder!
Thor: Love and Thunder is now in theaters and it is a fantastically wild and entertaining entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is chock-full full of exciting moments and features the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, now empowered as Mighty Thor.
As is natural with any film, several scenes were left on the cutting room floor. James Goldblum and Peter Dinklage were both set to reprise their roles as the Grandmaster and Eitri, and it was recently revealed that Lena Headley’s part was also cut. Fans will likely have to wait until Thor: Love and Thunder’s Blu-ray release to see these deleted scenes and know definitively who she could’ve played. Whether it was a one-and-done cameo or a lasting role intended to feature more in the future, here are some intriguing possibilities that would be a fantastic fit for the actress.
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Lena Headey would’ve been the next in line of Game of Thrones actors to join the MCU – most recently with Kit Harington and Richard Madden in Eternals. As demonstrated with her previous work, she definitely could’ve made for a great new god in Thor: Love and Thunder, and in looking at the possibilities, Hera, queen of the Olympians, pops up. This could’ve included her opposite Russell Crowe’s hilarious Zeus.
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If she was chosen to play Hera – or any other Olympians like Gaea, Artemis, or Aphrodite – she can still have a role to play in the MCU. Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein was revealed as Hercules in the mid-credits scene. He is being tasked with hunting down Thor, which could mean he features in the highly-expected Thor 5, Avengers 5, and/or a Disney+ series of his own. Like in mythology, Hera is a prominent figure in Hercules’ story in the comics, so this is a way for Headey to officially come into the MCU.
Amora The Enchantress
There is also a chance that she was considered to play an Asgardian, and from that, there are only a few significant characters she’d be a good fit for. One would be Amora the Enchantress. She is a longtime villain in the comics, opposing Thor and the Avengers individually and as part of the Masters of Evil. Amora is one of two characters to go by Enchantress, with the other being adapted into Sylvie in Loki.
Thor: Love and Thunder could’ve introduced Amora as a citizen of New Asgard, not yet fully realized as the mischievous and magical Enchantress. That could allow her to serve as an antagonist for Thor 5 or even a solo Valkyrie project, which is something many fans want.
Long ahead of the film’s release it was announced that Valkyrie would be getting a female love interest, a queen to rule alongside her. Unfortunately, that was proven false, but her romantic history was still briefly incorporated. It was revealed that one of her fellow Valkyries was also her lover who died protecting her from Hela, as shown in Thor: Ragnarok. Frankly, this seems like one of the most likely possibilities for who Headey was playing.
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Perhaps this will be proven true when deleted scenes are available to view, and it could showcase Headey as the classically-recognized Valkyrie. Alternatively, she could’ve also been set to appear as Valkyrie’s potential queen in the present. It’s an utter shame that this aspect of her arc was left on the cutting room floor, but hopefully, it can be retooled for the solo project she deserves.
Also on the lists of both Asgardians and LGBTQ+ characters yet to join the MCU is Angela. Interestingly, she was actually first created as an antagonist to Spawn for Image Comics, but when her creator, Neil Gaiman, sold rights to Marvel, she was integrated into a new world as Thor’s lost sister.
She was raised and trained by the Angels of Heaven, and though she initially opposed Thor, they did eventually start working together. Angela’s also been part of the Guardians of the Galaxy and even supplanted Hela as the Queen of Hel. Headey would be an interesting choice to play the character. Regardless of who takes the role on, it does feel likely that Angela will arrive in the MCU sometime soon.
Instead of playing Valkyrie’s lost lover in a flashback, Headey could’ve done so for Gorr the God Butcher, played impeccably by Christian Bale. In the comics, Gorr gets sent on his murderous crusade following the death of not only his daughter, but also his wife, but in Thor: Love and Thunder, it was just his daughter – who was actually played by Chris Hemsworth’s daughter India.
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In the contexts of where Thor: Love and Thunder could lead, it does make sense narratively that it was only Gorr and his daughter. Having her mother around could’ve complicated the “one wish granted by Eternity” rule the film established. However, it might’ve been quite interesting to see Gorr grapple with who to bring back if he was given that choice.
As shown in Omnipotent City, there are an incredible number of gods in the MCU universe. There was Zeus, of course, but Bast, Dionysus, and the adorable Bao, God of Dumplings were also featured. Instead of playing an actual god, she could’ve played a human importantly connected to a god, Narya AKA Snowbird.
She is a powerful and classic member of Alpha Flight, the Canadian contemporary to the Avengers, and daughter of Nelvanna, Goddess of the Northern Skies. Snowbird has mystical powers that allow her to fly and transform into animals native to her land. She is part of the God Squad in the comics, so she could’ve been part of the team Thor was putting together. This is definitely a farfetched possibility, and should Snowbird come to the MCU, she should be portrayed by an Inuit or Native actress.
Thor: Love and Thunder introduced one of the most complex cosmic entities by featuring Eternity, but there are still several more who have yet to debut. One of the most important, and one who could be played by Lena Headey, is Death. Many fans were surprised she was exorcised from Thanos’ storyline throughout Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Their relationship was teased in The Avengers as part of Thanos’ introduction when the Other says fighting the Avengers is courting death, which is Thanos’ main motivation in the comics. In Thor: Love and Thunder there was a statue that did look like it could represent Death, so there is a foundation to formally introduce the character. Headey would certainly make for an intriguing candidate to bring such a complex being into the MCU.
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Bradley Prom is a senior writer and alumna of University of Minnesota – Twin Cities currently living in Los Angeles with a deep love and appreciation for the movies, television shows, video games, books, and stories that have inspired and provoked him throughout his life. He grew up on Star Wars, Justice League, Jurassic Park, Pokémon, Spider-Man, Harry Potter, and Avatar the Last Airbender – to name a few or seven. Now inn adulthood, his passions and tastes have evolved to include other fantastical tales, reality tv, and comedy. He enjoys engaging with fellow fans through theorizing, instant reactions online, and different deep-diving podcasts.
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Bradley has a great appreciation for queerness in all forms throughout all facets of entertainment and modern culture. He hopes in developing his own stories and shows, he will help see such representation grow and evolve beyond boxes to check.
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