While Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame provided fantastic endings for characters like Iron Man and Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor was left in a much different position by the end of the film – specifically with a new beginning. His entire life had previously been dedicated to the protection of his homeworld, Asgard, and his people, the Asgardians, but the latest Marvel blockbuster offered him the opportunity to leave that life behind and start a new one.
This was allowed to happen particularly because of his new friendship with the Guardians of the Galaxy, who offered him a ride off the planet after the God of Thunder named Valkyrie as the new King of Asgard, but it also left fans with a major pressing question: will Thor be joining the roughneck team on their further adventures around the cosmos? The definitive answer is still uncertain, but what can be confirmed is that it’s a big screen future in which Chris Hemsworth is interested.
Earlier today I had the wonderful pleasure of sitting down with the Australian actor during the London press day for the upcoming Men In Black International, and at the end of the interview I took the opportunity to ask him about his potential future with Marvel Studios. Specifically, I inquired if he’s had the opportunity to sit down and talk with writer/director James Gunn, who is back at the helm of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and while Hemsworth noted that he hasn’t had any conversations with the filmmaker, it’s a project to which he’d love to contribute:
I'd play that character again. I love it so much - especially if there's something unique to do again with it. I felt like the last three films were very, very different each time. It really felt like a totally different character. And I don't even know when or if they're shooting [Guardians of the Galaxy 3]. After the Avengers press tour I kind of went and buried my head in the sand.
I followed up with my own personal feelings on the matter, noting that the idea of “Asgardians Of The Galaxy” is a fantastic setup for a another chapter in Thor’s story, and Chris Hemsworth definitely agreed, saying:
I'll work with any of those guys. Asgardians Of The Galaxy. That's actually great. You might've just got me my next job. Thank you, man.
It's worth noting that the concept of Asgardians of the Galaxy does have precedent in the world of Marvel, even on beyond the line delivered by Chris Hemsworth's Thor at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Comics launched an ongoing series with that title back in the fall of 2018 - though its lineup was very different than what the movie version would be. While the big screen team would presumably include Thor, Star-Lord, Drax, Rocket, Nebula, Mantis, and Groot, the series created by Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli had a roster including Valkyrie, Executioner, Throg, Angela, Thunderstrike, and The Destroyer - controlled by Kid Loki.
Of course, this would be far from the first time that Marvel has taken a concept from the page and totally changed it for the movies – with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy being a perfect example.
With James Gunn currently working in the DC Extended Universe, namely preparing Suicide Squad 2/The Suicide Squad for release in 2021, it may be a minute before we start hearing firm details about Guardians of the Galaxy 3, but Chris Hemsworth’s excitement about his potential involvement only increases our own anticipation for the film. Stay tuned for more updates about the movie, and more from my interview with the actor in the run-up to the release of Men In Black International – which hits theaters on June 14th!