Chris Hemsworth On the Possible End Of Thor: 'I'd Like To Exit Before People Tell Me To Exit'
Marvel’s Thor already has an exit plan.
Thor: Love and Thunder star Chris Hemsworth won’t play the God of Thunder forever… and he’s already worked out when he’ll quit.
“It always comes down to: ‘Is this script different to the last one?’” he explained. “‘Are we repeating something?’ And when it becomes too familiar, I think that's when I'd have to say, ‘Yeah, no, this doesn't’... I think I've... I'd like to exit before people tell me to exit.”
It’s certainly a noble idea and one that Marvel fans will appreciate.
Thankfully, it looks as though that hasn’t come up just yet, but with each new film, Hemsworth admits that he looks at the script and decides if it’s worth doing.
“Each time, if the opportunity comes up and presents itself, I'm just open to whatever creative exploration can happen, thanks to different writers and directors and so on,” he said. “But I love playing the character, I really do.”
Who will replace Hemsworth when he eventually hangs up his cape and hammer?
Well, with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) harnessing the power of lightning in the recent trailer, I can’t help thinking she might be a perfect stand-in when the time comes. However, while Jane Foster does become the new Thor at one point in the comic books, we have no idea how closely Marvel will follow that particular storyline.
Here’s the Thor: Love and Thunder official synopsis:
“The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods.”
“To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi), and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.”
An epic Thor sequel for Hemsworth to bow out on? Perhaps. But let’s hope there’s some life left in the old god yet.
Thor: Love and Thunder stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, and Russel Crowe. Taika Waititi directed the film based on a script he co-wrote with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.