It’s possible that Thor: Love and Thunder won’t be Chris Hemsworth’s last appearance in a Marvel film after all.
After Thor: Love and Thunder opens in cinemas in July, there have been rumours that Hemsworth may leave the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Hemsworth will reprise his role as Thor for the eighth time in the forthcoming Marvel movie, making him the only MCU superhero to appear in four standalone outings.
As a result, it is reasonable to assume that Hemsworth has seriously considered ending his involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the release of Thor 4. Since Hemsworth told Wired earlier this month that Love and Thunder “may be my final [Marvel movie],” speculation over the actor’s possible exit from MCU Phase 4 has not exactly been quashed.
Hemsworth, however, seemed to go back on those remarks in an interview with ExtraTV (opens in new tab) before the global premiere of Thor 4, saying that he would be open to revisiting the role in the future.
“Every time I play Thor, I’m thinking ‘this is the last time they’ll let me do it,'” Chris Hemsworth stated when asked whether this will be his last excursion as the god of thunder.
During the interview, when the interviewer pointed out that Hemsworth used the term ‘let me,’ he added: “Love it. For as long as I was on stage, I’d return back for more and more. Playing this persona has been the foundation of my whole professional life. Having the opportunity to reprise the role with new directors and cast mates has been a real treat. See what the audience wants. I’m up for anything!”
In fact, this is not the first time that Hemsworth has seemed to backtrack on a statement he made in an interview with Wired. Hemsworth told Vanity Fair that he would “definitely” want to reprise his role as the god of thunder. “If the possibility comes along and presents itself, I’m simply open to whatever creative exploration may happen,” he said in an interview with Den of Geek.
A decision on whether or not Thor will be allowed to return for future MCU films will be made very soon. On July 8 (in the US and most other countries), Thor: Love and Thunder will arrive in cinemas, while in the UK, it will arrive on July 7.
Has the hammer come to rest?
Thor has been a member of the Avengers for longer than most of the original team, having appeared in four solo films.
Hawkeye and Hulk, of course, will argue that they have equal billing with the Norse deity since they are still alive or active as superheroes (in contrast to Iron Man and Black Widow) (unlike Captain America). Hawkeye and Hulk’s time on the big screen seems to be coming to an end, as they are both scheduled to feature in their own MCU television series, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
As a result, Thor is the only original Avenger whose MCU cinematic adventure has continued beyond Avengers: Infinity War. His Marvel movie storyline clearly has more tale to tell. However, with the entrance of Phase 4, a new group of superheroes may be rising, and Hemsworth’s Thor may need to take a backseat.
In all honesty, he’s earned it. Thor has been through a lot in the last 11 years, and although he’s rebounded back, he needs a break. You know, like Nick Fury was doing in the post-credits sequence in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Of course, none of this means we won’t be excited to see Hemsworth reprise his role as Thor in the future. Thor might appear in a supporting role in the MCU’s future as a tutor to the next generation of heroes. Hawkeye and Hulk have (or will) played similar roles in the past with Kate Bishop and Jenna Walters; so who is to say that Hemsworth’s Thor won’t do the same? A previous sweetheart could come in handy as a mentor for Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor if she survives Love and Thunder.
Hemsworth might even appear in future Marvel productions as a surprise appearance. In Loki season 1, he voiced Frog Thor, and in Marvel’s What If…? anthology series, he portrayed an animated version of Thor. Alternatively, he might appear in Loki season 2 as a live-action version of the Norse deity as an alternative universe version of Chris Hemsworth in the future. If no one else is interested, we’d be delighted to see that.
It would be absurd for Marvel Studios to place a ceiling on Thor’s MCU series if Love and Thunder grosses more than 1 billion worldwide, therefore the success of the film will determine the future of the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is the ideal moment for the god of thunder to finally discover that inner peace, pour himself a large glass of Asgardian ale, and retire from the superhero business in Thor: Love and Thunder. Despite this, In our opinion, he’s earned a break.
Before Thor 4 hits the big screen, check out our list of the best Marvel movies ever made to get a taste of what’s to come.