This post contains spoilers for MOON KNIGHT.
Gods have always been part of the MCU. Wakandans thank Bast and Sekhmet, Captain America assured Black Widow that “There’s only one God,” and the Celestials shown in Guardians of the Galaxy and Eternals create and destroy worlds. But without question, the series most concerned with deities has been Thor. Since the first film, Thor has dealt with not only the titular god of thunder, but also the All-Father Odin, the trickster god Loki, and the goddess of death Hela. The only series to rival Thor in god content has been Moon Knight and its Ennead, the collection of Egyptian gods, including Khonshu, Ammit, and Taweret.
Fans of both Moon Knight and Thor may have been surprised that the two pantheons never mentioned one another. But that wasn’t originally the plan. Moon Knight writer Jeremy Slater told The Direct that he actually did plan connections to Thor: Love and Thunder for the Disney+ series. “[W]hen we started working on the show, we didn’t know when we were debuting,” Slater explained, “and we thought we would probably be following Thor[: Love and Thunder].” Under that assumption, Slater developed the series in a way that addressed the major changes to MCU’s deities promised by the Thor film.
Adapting a 2012 comic book storyline by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic, Thor: Love and Thunder pits the titular hero against Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). As his name suggests, Gorr has a grudge against the gods of numerous pantheons and devotes his life to wiping them all out.