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Weather Thor he certainly wasn’t planning on adding a third weapon to his arsenal during the events of Thor: love and thunder, Zeus, being a bit of a stick in the mud during the Asgardians’ visit to the City of Omnipotence, led Valkyrie to steal the Olympian god’s signature weapon, Ray.
By chance, the weapon ended up being useful during Thor’s final confrontation with Gorr, with Jane Foster wielding Mjölnir to preserve her life and with Stormbreaker in possession of the God Butcher. But when that was all over, where did Thunderbolt end up?
This has become the point of a Reddit discussion started by u/greppoboy, as the film left the fate of the weapon up in the air.
There are a few prevailing theories that fans are collectively corroborating, the first being that Valkyrie latched onto the weapon and brought it with her to New Asgard, which the movie seems to imply but never outright states.
There is another camp that thinks the weapon may have been returned to Omnipotence City and its Olympian owners. As this commenter points out, Thor said that he would return the weapon after all. Considering Thor is a stand-up guy, it might not be too far-fetched to subscribe to this.
There is a third completely indifferent camp, some of whom are completely let down by the movie, or just on Reddit for a good time and not productive time.
Cheeky digressions aside, the prevailing interpretation at this point seems to be that Thunderbolt is currently in Valkyrie’s possession. No doubt Zeus isn’t too thrilled about it, or at least the fact that Thor passed him by, as seen in the movie’s post-credits scene featuring Brett Goldstein from ted lasso Fame as the son of the lightning god, Hercules.
Goldstein won consecutive Emmy Awards for his role as Roy Kent in the Apple TV Original. He also recently talked about how he landed the role for him in the MCU.