After the first two Thor films, Chris Hemsworth found himself just as underwhelmed with the franchise as many fans felt. But then Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok came along to blow us away and revive our interest in the God of Thunder. And in Avengers: Endgame, the character wasn’t given the cut and dry conclusion that had us saying our final goodbyes to Iron Man and Captain America. So, what’s next for Chris Hemsworth and the MCU?
Shortly after the $850 million worldwide success and high acclaim of Ragnarok, Chris Hemworth and Taika Waititi apparently capped off 2017 by throwing around ideas for Thor 4 on New Year’s Eve. Here’s what Hemsworth said:
We were throwing ideas around. But also, just to work together again. That was one of the most enjoyable creative partnerships I’ve ever had… (Thor 4) is a conversation for further down the road, if it happens.
So if Chris Hemsworth is going to return for another Thor movie, it will likely be with his creative partner Taika Waititi. One problem: ever since Raganok, the filmmaker is a hugely popular name in Hollywood. Waititi is currently finishing up his dark comedy, Jojo Rabbit, where he stars as Hitler, and is attached to the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, a live-action adaptation of anime Akira for 2021 and an animated Flash Gordon movie for Disney. So big emphasis on the “further down the road,” perhaps?
Then again, there’s already tons of movies in development that are likely to fill the spots: Black Widow, The Eternals, Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Not to mention the likelihood of another Spider-Man and Captain Marvel, and word of Shang-Chi also soon joining the MCU.
Marvel could squeeze in Chris Hemsworth into the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie, considering the hero ended up with those characters when Endgame came to a close. When CinemaBlend asked Hemsworth if he’d be interested in becoming part of the team, here’s what he said:
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]... I'll work with any of those guys. Asgardians Of The Galaxy. That's actually great.
So if Taika Waititi is tied up, hopefully Marvel is considering two Hollywood Chrises to join forces for the third Guardians. Either way, the actor seems game for anything! In his words:
I’d play this character for as long as anyone would let me. I’ve loved it so much. But the combination of this many characters in this Phase Three, as Marvel calls it, you’ll never have this interaction with this many people again. Who knows what the future holds and whether they do prequels and sequels or whatever, I’d be open to anything.
There are plenty of places Thor could end up! With Captain Marvel in a sequel considering he said he “liked” her in Endgame? In the upcoming Disney+ series Loki? Considering the success of his character and his interest in reprising the role, we doubt we’ve seen the last of him.
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