The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest A-list addition is Brett Goldstein. Best known for his role on AppleTV+’s Ted Lasso, the British actor made his surprise debut as Hercules in the post-credits scene for Thor: Love and Thunder. The reveal came as a huge shock for audiences everywhere, and apparently, it was a bombshell for Goldstein’s parents as well. In a recent interview with Variety, Goldstein explained that he kept his new role a secret from almost everyone, including his folks, and sent his family to see the film without telling them he’d be making an appearance:
I didn’t tell anyone because Marvel put a chip in my neck that said ‘If you talk about this you’re dead’. My mom and dad, I sent them a text and said ‘I’ve just seen “Thor.”‘ I knew it’s not the kind of film they’d see. I said, ‘You should go see it. It’s funny.’Brett Goldstein
The ruse was close to working too well. The Superbob star continued his story and revealed his mother almost missed her son’s cameo:
My mom is texting me all the way through the film giving me a running commentary. I’m like, ‘Just watch the film!’ It gets to the end bit, where it shows Russell Crowe… My mom texts me ‘Russell Crowe’s in it again, he’s very funny.’ I go, ‘Fucking look up at the screen!’Brett Goldstein
Perhaps much like his own parents, fans are desperate to learn when they might see the Son of Zeus pop up again in the MCU. The post-credits scene hinted strongly he’d return, but there has been no confirmation from Marvel Studios themselves. Unfortunately, it could be a while, as a later bit of the Variety interview had Goldstein stating he has no idea when he might be coming back:
I truly, honestly — this isn’t me lying or being coy — I know nothing. All I know is what I did that day and that’s it. That could be it. It was a fun three seconds.Brett Goldstein
Thor: Love and Thunder is in theaters now.