The newest recruit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn't given a lot of time to prepare for his beefy role.

'Ted Lasso' star Brett Goldstein made quite a splash into the Marvel world, appearing in the latest Marvel film in a post-credits scene.

After all of the loud and obnoxious goat bleating, and Christian Bale's Gorr the God Butcher finally meeting his end, 'Thor: Love and Thunder' introduced us to Hercules, the Olympian son of Zeus (a very much alive and kicking Russell Crowe) with every kind of superhuman feature you can imagine.

However, it turns out that the actor who played him for that fleeting moment on screen didn't have all that long to look beefy in his Godly get-up.

In an interview with The Playlist, Brett Goldstein says he was given two weeks to get into shape: "When I spoke to [director] Taika [Waititi], I said, 'You know I'm basically like a skinny comedian?'

"I said, 'When is this filming?' It was like in two weeks, and I was like, 'I mean, I'll do my best, but two weeks feels… He doesn't have to be as big as Thor, does he?'"

During his one and only day on the set of the film, the actor admitted that he was doing 400 push-ups in order to look as swole as possible: "And look, on the day, I mean, I'm doing 400 push-ups that day. I was fit to explode. I did the best I could on that day."

Describing his first Marvel experience as "surreal", Brett Goldstein said he got his Marvel phone call completely out of the blue: "It was literally out of the blue one night, and I was very busy, and it was like, 'Can you make time for a Zoom?' 'Yes, sure.'

"And they go on Zoom, and they just told me what you see in the film, which is they sort of opened with, 'So Russell Crowe is Zeus,' and I’m like, 'Yeah, OK, go on.' And blah, blah, blah. And then they turn around, and they reveal, 'It’s Hercules; it’s you.' And I went, 'What?' Just like, 'Are you serious? Are you f**king with me? Is this a wind-up?'

"So yeah, it was as surprising to me as I think it has been to other people."

'Love and Thunder' director Taika Waititi confirmed that Brett Goldstein's Hercules will appear in an upcoming title that will centre on Zeus and the official introduction of The Olympians. As you might imagine, if you know your Greek mythology, members of the group include the likes of Apollo, Ares, Neptune, Cupid et al.

Goldstein will next appear in 'Ted Lasso' season three, which is expected to be the final season of the Apple TV+ comedy.