Chris Hemsworth, star of Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder, has admitted to feeling disappointed with his performance in the franchise’s second entry, Thor: The Dark World.
The upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth film in Marvel’s Thor franchise and the second to be made by critically acclaimed director Taika Waititi, who previously helmed the third film in the series, Thor: Ragnarok. Thor will be the first Avenger to get a fourth standalone film and the Asgardian thunder god has Waititi’s work on Ragnarok to thank for that honor.
Taika Waititi injected fresh energy, humor and fun into the Thor franchise with Ragnarok, making a huge success out of a series that was broadly regarded as one of Marvel’s more lacklustre prior to that point. Now Thor actor Chris Hemsworth has discussed his own dissatisfaction with his work on the second film in the series, Thor: The Dark World, generally considered the character’s lowest moment.
Growing Thor’s Character
In a recent breakdown of his career for Vanity Fair, Chris Hemsworth reflected on the process of reinventing Thor for Thor: Ragnarok and how that decision had been influenced by his and Taika Waititi’s feelings towards Thor: The Dark World.
Recalling his experience of working on Thor: The Dark World and entering discussions regarding Thor’s third MCU outing, Chris Hemsworth said:
“I wasn’t stoked with what I’d done in Thor 2. I was a little disappointed in what I’d done. I didn’t think I grew the character in any way, I didn’t think I showed an audience something unexpected and different. And then when Ragnarok came along, out of my own frustration at what I had done, and this is not on any other director or anyone, this was my own performance, I really wanted to break the mold. And I said this to Taika and I think the conversation we had was, I said ‘I’m really bored of Thor.’ And he said, ‘Yeah I’m really bored of Thor, too.’ And then we decided not to be bored and any time that feeling came into play, we’d go in a different direction.”
Some of Chris Hemsworth’s sentiment is likely to be echoed by fans, though few would blame the actor for The Dark World‘s issues. In Thor: Ragnarok and then Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Thor was given a lot more room to grow and develop as a character, something that will hopefully continue in next month’s Thor: Love and Thunder.
Here is the synopsis for Thor: Love and Thunder:
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.
Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, and Russell Crowe.
Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.
Source: Vanity Fair