It looks like the Australian actor might be done with the character, at least for the time being. This is despite a recent quote from Chris Hemsworth when discussing Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, he said, “We gave cheers to Thor 3. But it also was like what could we do with four? We could do this and this. We were throwing ideas around. But also, just to work together again. That was one of the most enjoyable creative partnerships I’ve ever had.” With his contract expiring following the fourth Avengers movie, Hemsworth is looking to a post-Marvel future, branching out into other projects like 12 Strong and 2016’s Ghostbusters remake.
On an Australian morning show called Sunrise, Hemsworth talked about his plans for what’s next, or lack thereof, saying, “My contract’s coming to an end, we’ve just finished the last two Avengers. Who knows what the future holds?” Continuing on, Hemsworth reflects on his Ragnarok experience, and how it forced him to reconsider leaving the franchise. “We felt like we reinvented the last one in a big way. It felt refreshed and re-energized. We might have a conversation if there’s another great script that comes along. But at the moment that’s it.” Ragnarok, which garnered critical acclaim and more than $850 million dollars worldwide, was far and away the most successful Thor movie on almost every level.
Up until last November, Thor suffered from the same problems that Hulk has, which is the idea that both characters are great in small doses but don’t have enough depth to star in their own standalone movies. He, along with Bruce Banner, obviously served an important purpose in the franchise as a whole, but nobody really knew what to do with either of them. Ironically, Ragnarok puts both of these characters at the forefront and reassures us that, yes, you can absolutely get a great movie out of these two. But I think the key part of that original quote, where Hemsworth talks about doing a fourth Thor movie, is the second half where he says, “but also, just to work together again.”
It’s pretty clear that Hemsworth wants to leave the franchise and move forward with his career. Now that he’s found a director who knows exactly how to harness his talent in the most effective way possible, I think Hemsworth is more confident than ever about his post-MCU career, especially with someone as talented as Taika Waititi by his side. For now, however, you can see Hemsworth as Thor a few more times in the upcoming Avengers movies. And if you want to get a look at what Hemsworth might be doing when all this Thor business is finished, check out 12 Strong, as well as Drew Goddard’s upcoming thriller, Bad Times at the El Royale, which is currently in production.
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