Ever since Marvel President Kevin Feige hinted that Avengers 4 will bring about a radical shift in the MCU as we know it, ending the existing 22-film long run, it only makes fans naturally anxious about the future of certain Marvel characters. One of these is original Phase I star Chris Hemsworth who only recently wrapped filming on Avengers 4. But the Australian hunk might not be entirely done with his role yet. While doing press for his current movie 12 Strong due out in theaters this week, Hemsworth spoke in detail with IGN about Thor’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On being asked about what the future holds for Thor, Hemsworth had this to say:
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.
Does that then mean we could see him reprise his role in the future if things work out and contracts are re-negotiated? Could more Thor movies be on the pipeline now that Taika Waititi successfully reinvented the character at a time when we thought we had seen Thor stretched to his limits? Hemsworth again weight in on his thoughts:
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.
Puzzlingly, we have to wonder if this means Thor will make it out of the events of Avengers 4 alive. Possibly not unscathed going by his remarks; it appears director brothers Anthony and Joe Russo have evolved the character as much, if not more than, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. Seems like there’s more left to Thor than we thought. Now that Chris Hemsworth’s 12 Strong is so close to release, we’d certainly expect more news about his views or role in the Avengers movies to trickle in through press interviews.
What are your thoughts on this? Would you be open to seeing more of Thor under the guidance of Taika Waititi? Or do you feel Thor has outlived his run in the MCU and needs to either retire or bite the dust in Avengers 4? Let us know your thoughts in your comments below.