It’s the question many Marvel fans are asking as Chris Hemsworth’s fourth solo film as the God of Thunder, and eighth in the universe, hits the big screen: is the hammer hanging?
“Every time I do it, I think it’s the last one, so I’m incredibly grateful that they ask me to do it over and over again,” he said during the promotion of the latest film.
Hemsworth is one of the last original Avengers stars still making blockbusters or successful spin-off miniseries. His contract is up, plus a new Thor is introduced in this latest movie, but he’s not ready to pass the hammer yet.
A seasoned pro at deflecting spoiler questions, like anyone involved in making a Marvel movie, Hemsworth dances around the question of whether there’s more to his Thor.
“I don’t know,” he said.
“I’ll only do it if you do it,” replied the director.
The duo’s dynamic working relationship and friendship shine through in the interview.
“Wouldn’t that be fun, like a really low-budget little road trip, you and another Marvel character…” Waititi spits balls at Hemsworth, who doesn’t entirely reject the idea.
“You spend so much time on these movies, you put in so much, you work so hard, and then you come out the other side and the movie comes out and everyone loves it, and it’s kind of a weird post-traumatic stress disorder where I have kind of blocked out all the experiences. I don’t remember anything that happened,” Waititi said.
“All I know is that I came in and started working the first day, and now we have a movie.”
‘It’s thanks to Taika’
Hemsworth is effusive in his praise for the director.
“Well, Taika is inundated with the writing process, the production process, the casting, the directing. I have to go in and just act,” he said.
“Is something [Waititi] he insists, you know there’s music, he laughs behind the camera, he suggests lines, it’s improvisation.
“The adventure that we have filming the movie is represented on the screen and it is thanks to Taika.”
An Academy Award winner, Waititi is credited with breathing new life into the franchise with a comedic remake when he signed on for the third installment, Thor: Ragnarok.
“Working with Taika on Ragnarok we were able to recreate space and destroy what was there and start over, in a great way,” said Hemsworth.
“We did that, and the fans loved it, and then we had to do it again.”
the fun continues
The latest installment attracted several Hollywood heavyweights. Natalie Portman reprises her role as ex-girlfriend turned Mighty-Thor Jane Foster, Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord, and newcomers Russell Crowe and Christian Bale join the Marvel ranks.
When asked how he got fellow New Zealander Crowe on board, Waititi joked: “I told him ‘you can wear a miniskirt’ and he was in.”
There’s also a lot of buzz about a cheeky rear end photo of Hemsworth.
“It was really a business decision,” the director said.
Thor has a mid-life crisis.
“Every time I try to do something different with the character,” Hemsworth said.
“There’s a more emotional version of [Thor] there. Having Thor see love in a very deep way and loss and kind of a mid-life crisis, if you will.”
Waititi said the film is about more human issues.
“You know, someone who is a god, is beautiful, has everything, how do you create problems for him to identify more?” he said.
“Parallel to my own life, kind of a documentary,” Hemsworth joked.
You can see Thor: Love and Thunder in theaters starting Wednesday, July 6.
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