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Marvel has built an expansive Cinematic Universe where characters show up across multiple films. When you sign on for a Marvel movie, you generally sign on for many Marvel movies, which is how they’ve been able to pull this off thus far. But as long as they are, those contract will eventually expire, and Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, just revealed when his deal is done.
Talking to Collider, the God of Thunder, or at least his hunky Australian actor counterpart, said that he has three films left on his current Marvel contract. He revealed that he’ll show up in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, and his upcoming solo joint, Thor: Ragnarok, at least as the plan stands now. I know that you’re very shocked that Thor will be in Thor 3.
Just because his deal runs out after those movies, doesn’t necessarily mean this is the last we’ll see of Hemsworth in the MCU. Eleven movies deep, this is something Marvel has already had to deal with. Robert Downey Jr. fulfilled his original contract, but he obviously signed on for more adventures as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Hemsworth also isn’t the only one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes nearing the end of his run, however, as Chris Evan’s, perhaps better known as Captain America, is also running on fumes.
Fans are obviously concerned about what this means for the future of our favorite comic book characters. Before we arrive at any big installment in the MCU, especially one like the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, where there are multiple heroes, there’s always a ripple of "is someone going to die" speculation. Thus far, we haven’t witnessed anyone too major kick the bucket, but as these deals run their course, it’s feeling more and more possible that we could start seeing superheroes die.
For his part, Thor is kind of easy to get out of the way if need be, you can just send him to Asgard and he’s relatively unavailable. Where were the rest of the Avengers was a big question audiences had during Captain America: The Winter Soldier, while Cap and Black Widow traipsed around battling Hydra and could have used a hand. They’re a little harder to get rid of. It’ll also be interesting to see if Marvel is willing to recast and, if they do, how fans will react to that.
If you’re fretting about the prospect of an MCU without Hemsworth, it’ll be okay, we’ve still got at least a few good years before we need to be really concerned. In reality, if what he says it true, we have four more movies with Thor, since most of us haven’t seen Age of Ultron yet. Thor: Ragnarok opens November 3, 2017, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 hits May 4, 2018, and Infinity War Part 2 follows on May 3, 2019, so Marvel has some time to figure out what to do with the character.