It’s been a rocky ride for Chris Hemsworth within the MCU. Despite playing one of Marvel’s most recognizable characters on-screen, the star has managed to take part in some of the dullest movies within the cinematic universe. Reports even suggested the star was looking to step out of Marvel’s Thor altogether. Yet after the critical success of Thor: Ragnarok, it seems Hemsworth has found renewed interest in taking up the role – telling reporters that he’s keen to sign back up for more movies.
Speaking to IGN, Hemsworth admitted that he’s no longer technically under a Marvel contract – as his original deal ended with the completion of Avengers 4 filming;
“I’ve just, literally two days ago, finished Avengers 4 and that’s my contract – my preexisting contract is done now, so it’s kind of like, ‘Wow, that’s it.’ Two or three films ago I was like, ‘Okay, a couple more.’ I was enjoying it but I was like… I felt a little restricted. And after this last experience with Taika, and actually these last two Avengers, I feel like we’ve reinvented the character a number of times – even in these next two, he evolves again, and you don’t get that opportunity often in a franchise. So I definitely feel a renewed sense of excitement and enthusiasm, and more so than ever, I think.”
Hemsworth did admit that there hasn’t been any solid discussion of ideas relating to the future of Thor within the MCU, but that he remains optimistic about the potential for that;
“If I had the opportunity to do it again, I think I’d love to. I also think there’s an appetite for it now, or there’s a far greater range of possibilities of where he can go now, what he can do, just because we’ve kind of broken the mold a bit.”
It’s good to see Marvel’s change in direction has sparked a change of heart from the star. It was clear that he wasn’t having the best time when it came to the original Thor movies, which struggled to gain audience appreciation. Ragnarok not only reinvented his character, it gave the MCU a bold new direction to aim in.
Phase 4 of Marvel’s movie slate will reportedly have a stronger focus on space-based heroes. With Thor very much fitting into this framework, we’d be surprised to see him not play some role in this bold new direction.
Audiences won’t see the end of Hemsworth’s tenure within the MCU for another year and a half, as Avengers 4 is only set to touch down in 2019. With Infinity War still to land this year – there’s plenty of Thor left to go.
Would you want to see Hemsworth return post-Avengers 4?
Our Take: I suspect we haven’t seen the last of Hemsworth, not least because Marvel made Thor interesting during his last movie. To kill him off so soon would be a huge misstep.