MOVIE NEWS – Even the gods can’t live forever in the MCU, and Chris Hemsworth has hinted that his time in the role may be up after Thor: Love and Thunder.
After starring in three solo films and four Avengers movies, you’d think that playing Thor would be the easiest job in the world for Chris Hemsworth. However, in a recent interview, the actor said that every time he plays the role, he has to reinvent the God of Thunder in some way so that audiences don’t get bored of him. With Thor: Love and Thunder now in its eighth film, Hemsworth is beginning to think that his time in the MCU may be coming to an end.
As one of the few original Avengers still in the Marvel Universe, Chris Hemsworth has grown a lot as a character over the past decade.
From the mediocre Thor and Thor: Dark World to the bombastic Thor: Ragnarok, Thor has always been a fan favourite. That looks set to continue in his latest outing, which will see most of the Ragnarok team reunited, with Natalie Portman returning as Jane Foster/The Mighty Thor. For Hemsworth, however, the franchise’s future is very much unknown. As he told Wired:
“Well the last [Marvel movie] I shot was ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ and it might be my last Marvel movie, I don’t know.”
“It was a wild and fun and wacky experience, as all Taika Waititi movies are. Played that character for ten, eleven, years now, and each time it’s been new and exciting, and this was no exception to that. It felt very fresh and it felt like we were trying something we hadn’t tried before. I was, in Taika’s words, I think a wacky, wild, romantic comedy set in space… I love playing Thor – played it for many many years and would continue to do so if people wanted me to.”
“The most challenging part of playing Thor is reinventing it each time and not having it be predictable for an audience and having it be something they’ve seen before… And that is a challenge but part of the fun.””
While some of the films in Phase Four don’t have a perfectly defined timeline, Thor: Love and Thunder will hit God of Thunder right after the Avengers end, having hitchhiked with Guardians of the Galaxy after Endgame. Leaving superheroics behind, Thor seems to “find himself” at the beginning of the film but is soon pulled back into the fray by the arrival of Gorr, the Butcher of the Gods, a formidable new threat played by Christian Bale.
Where Thor will end up by the end of the film will be revealed in cinemas on 7 July, but recently many old bikers have passed on the torch or talked about doing so soon.
Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston have all talked about not being able to carry their characters for too much longer before handing them over to a new generation and actors. Although this has apparently already begun with the introduction of Kate Bishop and the upcoming She-Hulk series, it is unknown when Thor will hand over his role in the MCU to someone new.