Chris Hemsworth Talks ‘Thor 3′ & Thor vs. Ultron in ‘Avengers 2′ [Video]

Published 1 year ago by , Updated October 30th, 2014 at 1:18 pm,

Thor: The Dark World star Chris Hemsworth is probably the biggest breakout amongst the fresh faces that Marvel Studios scooped up to launch their Phase One Avengers initiative, and with Thor 2‘s box office success, it looks like the man behind the Asgardian Thunder God’s armor and hammer is in for a lucrative future.

While Hemsworth’s star power has extended beyond the Marvel Movie Universe and into everything from action films (Red Dawn), to horror flicks (Cabin in the Woods) and even sports drama (Rush), fanboys and girls all over the world want to know – first and foremost – when we’ll be seeing Thor again for his third solo outing in Thor 3 - and  how the character will factor into Avengers 2, which will see the superhero team facing the technology-based threat of mad robot, Ultron.

We sat down with Hemsworth at the Thor: The Dark World junket in London a few weeks back, to discuss all of the above and a bit more. Watch the full interview above, and/or read the transcription below.

Chris Hemsworth Interview Thor 2 Thor 3 Avengers 2 Chris Hemsworth Talks Thor 3 & Thor vs. Ultron in Avengers 2 [Video]

Screenrant: First thing I want to open up with is this movie is probably the most epic and crazy showcase of Thor’s super powers that we’ve seen yet. Can you talk about working with Alan Taylor and figuring that all out? 

Chris Hemsworth: It was one of my first concerns at the beginning of the film. I said, ‘look I don’t want him to feel he’s just doing hand to hand combat he’s a God we should see him off the ground more and we should see the power of that weapon and his abilities.’ So that was something we really concentrated on upping the action and the stunts and his skill set, really showcasing what he’s capable of.

Screenrant: So can we now consider you a hammer fighting expert?

Chris Hemsworth: (laughs) Yeah to some degree. I got a lot of help from the special effects department, making me look better. I had to hold that thing a lot, so I became pretty apt with flinging it around and switching hands, [I became] ambidextrous with the hammer.

Chris Hemsworth in Thor the Dark World Chris Hemsworth Talks Thor 3 & Thor vs. Ultron in Avengers 2 [Video]

Screenrant: I know that when I was talking with Alan and he said as you were filming the script was taking shape. Can you talk about finding a through line for you, for your character, that kind of pulled you through that?

Chris Hemsworth: For me it was about what does he want out of this story? And I thought well what is he trying to achieve? That was the basis of the questions. If there wasn’t one I said ‘well we gotta fix that or find one’ and it became about him understanding the responsibility and burden of his position now, and him potentially being king – also the sacrifices that come with that. He wanted to save Asgard save Jane, protect the universe he didn’t want to have to choose one or the other and that was a pretty solid thing that kept him driving through the film.

Screenrant: Where we kind of leave off you still have big potential obligations in two directions [read: realms]. Can you talk about where you might wanna take the meat of that, if there’s another chapter of this?

Chris Hemsworth: I think what’s good about this is that each time, with the Avengers, we sort of made it difficult to separate them each time there’s some sort of conflict it’s like where’s the rest of the team? And I liked that Thor has another universe or the universe to sort of take care of and keep him occupied. I think that in the comic book the sort of end of days, Armageddon aspect is probably the direction in which it will all head in. Where it’s sort of the end of all things and there’s obviously no script or anything when I read the comic books I thought it was an interesting way to go.

Screenrant: You want to see fire demons?

Chris Hemsworth: Yeah (laughs) bring them all in.

Screenrant: Just kind of changing gears for a second and thinking about what you said, that [Thor] has a whole universe, have you read the script for Avengers 2?

Chris Hemsworth: No. [Laughs]

Thor vs. Ultron Chris Hemsworth Talks Thor 3 & Thor vs. Ultron in Avengers 2 [Video]

Screenrant: How do you see your character comparing with something like Ultron, which is a robot?

Chris Hemsworth: I don’t know much about Ultron to be honest. I’m excited to see how this unlikely group of beings forms a team and how they continue. In the Avengers they got together there and went on their separate ways and now they’re back again. I’m hugely excited about seeing what Joss is going to do with it. I have no doubt it’ll be as epic as the first one.

Screenrant: [Joss is] right up against the Batman vs. Superman challenge: [Thor] can take a hammer to a tin can and then it’s over!

Chris Hemsworth: Yeah and that’s the smart thing about what he’s constantly able to do. I don’t know if it’s as simple as one guy versus this guy, and this guy; there’s always large developments and big themes. Also it’s about how that team operates, I find that is just as fascinating as who the villain is: what would exist within the context of that group.


Iron Man 3 is now available on home video, Thor: The Dark World is currently in theaters, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. So basically, people wanting Beta Ray Bill should expect to wait until a Thor sequel?

    • I would s*** myself if they managed to pull off Beta Ray Bill in the MCU. I’d love it. LOVE IT.

      • I’ve always been curious what Bill’s voice might sound like more than anything.

        • check out the planet hulk animated movie, he’s in that voiced by Paul Dobson

        • Watch the episode of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, where he’s introduced. It’s definitely one of the best episodes of that series.

      • I know I’m probably alone on this, but I really hope they don’t try to adapt Beta Ray Bill to the MCU. I’ve never really thought he was a very good character to begin with. His origin is cool enough (although a bit cliché), but I just never liked when anyone but Thor wielded Mjolnir. Although, truthfully, I never even thought Thor was a great character until he had his own movie, so what do I know.

        • Hollywood, I agree with you. I do not see a great purpose for Beta Ray Bill on the big screen. And Thor I have always thought for a film he would make a great movie, better than the books.

        • I remember when they first introduced him in the 80s and even at that very young age I thought Beta Ray Bill was a ridiculous character. I realize they tried to make him serious with a serious back story, but it seemed more the equivalent of a Superman or Captain Marvel stunt character (i.e. Uncle Marvel, or Krypto the Super Dog.

          There’s just no point or need for that character in an MCU movie.

    • It makes sense how people that don’t read comic books might think Thor could easily smash Ultron.

      • I’m anxious to see how they go about creating his adamantium body considering we’ve only ever heard of the nigh-indestructible metal in X-men. But, considering the rumor mill was putting out a little tid-bit about Black Panther getting his own movie some where down the line, I’d reckon we’re going to be seeing a lot more cross-overs in the next few MCU films, hopefully leading up to Wakanda and BP at some point, maybe even a little romance nod towards Storm.

        • I don’t know if Fox owns Adamantium but I’m sure I have heard of Vibranium being used to build Ultron on the rumor mill. Captain Americas shield is made of Vibranium by Tony Stark isn’t it? So they could use that as the catalyst to bring Iron Man out of retirement?

          Their giving Ultron a new origins story anyway so they can pretty much use what they want.

    • I love Beta Ray Bill, but I don’t see them introducing him in Thor 3. He’s so similar to Thor in so many ways, if they did introduce him they would be making a lot of changes to differentiate him from the main character.

      • But if Ragnarok happens and they kill off Thor, he’d need a replacement in the Avengers team, wouldn’t he?

        Bill, War Machine, etc?

        • Good idea

        • Every report out there has said he’s been a pleasure to work with.

          Don’t mistake normal contract negotiations as given the studio problems.

    • I really don’t know much about BRB’s character, but he kinda looks like a horse (Mr. Ed?).

      • Simonson based his face on a horse’s skull.

    • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BETA RAY BILL…. that would be very EPIC

  2. That’s really a nice cherry on top of ScreenRant’s anniversary. First I read how it all started as a small one-guy movie blog, and now I see Kofi chatting with Thor himself in a video. Great job, guys!

  3. Good for you Chris, you have come a long way since Summer Bay!

    • It’s crazy how many started out in that show.

      • I know, the funny thing is I saw it advertised the other day and it still had Sally in it from when I was about 10?

        • Yeah, apparently she came back recently. Probably not getting enough cash from her radio work.

          • I think she was the first celebratory sex tape scandal I heard of?

            • celebrity*

            • She was the second for me, a friend brought the Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson video into school and when he got caught by a teacher with “T&P VIDEO” in his possession, tried to pass it off as Terrance and Philip.

              • Yet another reason why your school was better than mine!

  4. Thor(3): Ragnarok

    Give me Enchantress, Executioner and Surtur plot with underlying Loki drama manipulating the situation to his favor.
    -Bitchfest between Amora, Sif and Jane
    -Executioner beheading the Warriors Three
    -Loki trying to wield Surtur’s power to defend himself against the imminent Thanos confrontation, only to accidentally bring about the destruction of Asgard and have the Aesir move to Earth.
    -Thor filling in the blanks.

    There, I said it.

  5. Thor(3): Ragnarok

    Give me Enchantress, Executioner and Surtur plot with underlying Loki drama manipulating the situation to his favor.
    -(Female dog)-fest between Amora, Sif and Jane
    -Executioner beheading the Warriors Three
    -Loki trying to wield Surtur’s power to defend himself against the imminent Thanos confrontation, only to accidentally bring about the destruction of Asgard and have the Aesir move to Earth.
    -Thor filling in the blanks.

    There, I said it.

    • I think saying b**** would have been less offensive.

      • I tried writing it, but my comment went into moderation. haha.

        • strange they automatically *** mine out?

    • I’m really critical of fanfiction sequel plots but actually sounds pretty cool. If Thanos doesn’t ever meet Loki then I will forever remember Kevin Feige as the Dan Snyder of Marvel.

    • And freakin’ Hercules!

    • I was thinking about this the other day…what are they going to do after Infinity Gauntlet is over? with an Inhumans movie coming, plus GotG, there are a lot of pieces in place for War of Kings.

      • That’s a damn good idea.

      • Do you think that the Extremis could be an Infinity ‘Stone’?

        • No, it’s man-made,

  6. Having Beta Ray Bill on a film will be so much greatness.

  7. Niceer

  8. For Thor 3 I want Beta Ray Bill and for the villain either Enchantress/Executioner or Surtur

  9. Thor is Marvel’s Green Lantern….. Except the MMU Thor is better and more successful than the Warner Brother’s movie characterization of GL. Both heroes’ superpowers depend on an object for their power….. Thor has his hammer….. Green Lantern has his ring. And don’t forget about the “cosmic” Police Force element that is common to both heroes. Asgard = Oa and the Green Lantern Corps, keeping the universe safe from evil.

    Ironman is Marvel’s Batman….. That’s easy. Everybody spots that comparison right away.

    Captain America? …… Marvel’s version of Wonder Woman! Both in red, white and blue flag costumes. Both created in WWII America to fight nazi’s. More athletic than super powered.

    Hawkeye = Green Arrow.

    Hulk = Superman?

    • Hulk is one of the few major characters of DC/Marvel unique to Marvel. Hulk is truthfully a werewolf story and you can’t compare him to any member of the Justice League except for having super strength.

      While I do see your comparison between Thor and GL, I always thought he was more similarly related to Superman. Both are the sons of two worlds and both pose a similar challenge to writers and their stories of being too overpowered.

    • Nova and the Nova Corps is Marvel’s Green Lantern and GL Corps.

      Captain America gets compared to Wonder Woman a lot, but to me the connection is mostly there because they both wear red white & blue. In my opinion Thor has a lot more in common with WW than Captain America does.

      • You are right about WW but the Cap comparison is valid (she debuted fighting Nazis), just not sufficient. But I have been saying that the outline for an incredible WW film would be to start on Themyscira, go into WWII and then move beyond in future films. The blueprint was already laid out in Thor and Cap First Avenger films.

    • Except the nice thing about the Justice League characters compared with the Avengers characters is that they’re not alike:

      Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne are both intelligent billionaire tech inventors
      The differences come in the way they approach their villains:
      -Batman uses his detective and ninja skills, and physically honed body and senses to take an assassin’s tactical approach.
      -Iron Man uses Jarvis and his technologically advanced suit to take more of a direct offensive approach.

      Superman & Wonder Woman are both more similar to Thor:
      -Both come from other realms (Wonder Woman: Themyschera; Superman: Krypton)
      -Both possess superhuman physical speed, strength, durability, etc.

      Green Lantern can be compared to Nova

      Hawkeye and Green Arrow are pretty similar

      Hulk = Solomon Grundy

      Flash = Quicksilver (both have much more interesting powers than simply running fast–i.e. time-travel and manipulating molecular vibration and tapping into speed-force with their brain, although Barry Allen has control of these powers whereas Pietro Maximoff was granted them from Terrigan Mist, but now does not have these powers anymore)

      Captain America doesn’t really have a prominent DC equivalent, just like Cyborg & Martian Manhunter don’t have a prominent Marvel equivalent.

      • Cap’s DC counterpart isn’t what I would call “prominent,” but he exists. Cyborg’s Marvel equivalent could be a few different characters, but nothing obvious or definitive. Marvel’s The Vision is equivalent to Martian Manhunter.

      • i think martian manhunters equivalent is vision.

      • I have heard many people suggest The Vision was conceived as an equivalent to Martian Manhunter, and I can definitely see it. They are just both different enough that I like them both.

        Solomon Grundy and the Hulk comparison is a stretch. Maybe on face value, but the things that drives the Hulk as an interesting character Grundy lacks. The Hulk is a tortured Jekyll Hyde type character. He is misunderstood. He has more in common with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein than DC’s Grundy.

        Wonder Woman should have been a film that was an amalgam of the Thor and Cap First Avenger movies (OVER A YEAR AGO).

  10. I am really getting excited for this movie! DVD sale to my house for sure!

  11. The comic book versions of Iron Man and Batman are more similar than their recent movie counterparts. Yes, Tony Stark is a billionaire, genius inventor, in the MMU, but the Nolan movie version of Batman removed the genius inventor facet and gave that to the Lucius Fox character. Plus Nolan took away the “world’s greatest detective” element from his version of Batman too…… Leaving Batman with only hand to hand combat skills, which were poorly portrayed in the fight scenes. Hopefully the Affleck Batman will get back his tech skills and detective abilities for BvS.

    What about Black Widow? I’m not coming up with a good Justice League equivalent.

    And on the other side….. What about Aquaman? I guess that means Namor for the Marvel side…… Was he ever in The Avengers?

    • Namor has been in The Invaders, Avengers, Defenders and Illuminati.

  12. Thor 2 restored my confidence back in marvel and was a great movie, alan traylor deserves
    alot of credit and it would be ashame if he did not do thor 3. However that being said its time to
    Crossover heroes or villians into thor movies and introduce new heroes so the box office receipts
    Can go higher, my prediction of 125 million was way short. Traylor did far better then shane black
    and drew pearce’s bs story.

  13. Wait… Batman is a Tech Inventor? When did this happen? I had always thought (as semi portrayed in the Nolan movies) he bought the stuff he needed.

    Even in the books from what I remember the Batmobile and a few other ‘tech’ items were always purchased or built specifically for his use by someone else.

    Did this change?

    • He’s always been an engineer and inventor. The Nolan films screwed up in several areas but one of them was making people who don’t know the comics think he just gets his stuff from someone else. There was a period during the Knightfall/Azrael stuff where he had an in-house inventor guy taking care of his equipment.

      Just like he’s a trained scientist that they didn’t show in the movies, he’s also an engineer.

      • So even the books had him getting his stuff from other people. At least that is what I am reading from you. So how did the movies screw up if he is still getting his stuff from other people?

        Again Im not saying he doesnt tinker or slightly modify stuff but to put him in a Tony Stark class is far fetched. (not saying you are putting him in a Stark class just some of the other posts)

        In all my years of reading Batman I would never consider him an Engineer or Inventor in the class of Stark, Pym etc. He knows what he wants/needs how he wants it to work and then farms it out. I mean whats the point of having all that money and being able to use it on cool toys that no one else has.

        In looking on the DC site (and others) there is no mention of his engineering or inventing skills.

        I recall the little hermit guy he was a villian/henchman of someones before helping Bats and lived in a hole in the cave.

        Again I also rememebr Batman buying/having made his batmobiles and batplanes and other stuff from someone else.

        Its just when I hear inventor/engineer I do not think Batman.

        • Well, now you know.

          In the movies it showed him sharpening some shurikens, spray panting some things. In the comics he developed a lot of his own tech or vastly improved existing tech. He wasn’t just a top-notch martial artist and detective, he was also a scientist and engineer. There’s a long history of it.

          To be fair No one is at Stark’s level, but lots of characters are engineer/inventor types sharing that category with Stark. So to say “he’s not an engineer like Stark” wouldn’t be accurate.

          • Well I dont know because as I stated from what I have read and your other post states he relies on others.

            If this changed in 52 so be it as another rebooted Universe was to much for me so I stopped reading.

            I dont consider taking someone elses work (gas pellets, rappleing devices, body armor, automobiles with computers/devices etc) and painting it black and giving it a bat look engineering/inventivness. (being a little funny not that serious)

            I mean most of his stuff has/had real world applications he doesnt really use anytihng that is like a power supply or metal suit that can be powered to extreme levels by that power supply. Nothing he really had to invent or engineer on his own.

            I found a quote from another source that may sum it up:
            When he first started he created his own gadgets (including the Batmobile). A few years along he adapted tech he ‘appropriated’ from Wayne Tech. Pre-Crisis he ‘farmed’ out the making of the Batmobile to a stunt driver whose life he save. For a while he had a mute named Harold who supplied all his gadgets (along with the Batmobile and an underground rail car). Now I think it’s just him along with a few JLA buddies for tech support.

            So he has gone through some phases and I am assuming at this time (the time I dont read) he is making his own. I just dont nor will I ever see him as a tech inventor. Who knows how it will be in 5 years… :D

            • Yep, there were various times when he’s gotten stuff from other people, or had other people come up with things he uses. Overall though, he’s educated and proficient in the areas I’ve described.

              I think you’re misunderstanding though. He has generated a whole bunch of stuff entirely on his own, designing, engineering, fabricating, etc. On top of that he’s taken existing stuff and modified it, or had other sources for the equipment and tech. But he still has the skills and knowledge to generate or modify his tech. I could buy a transistor board from a supplier but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to solder. I still solder stuff all the time.

              You seem to be under the impression that he just gets everything from somewhere else when that isn’t the case. That’s part of his solution. I feel like I have to spell it out for you because you can’t seem to find the middle ground on your own. I’m saying “He can and does make a lot of his own tech,” and “a lot” does not mean “everything.” You seem unwilling to accept the information that it’s not all outsourced. I don’t get it, really. Why ask about it, if when a total Batman nerd pops up and helps you out, you’re just going to reject the information.

  14. I dont know why you dont understand when I have a thought as to what I think a tech inventor is and dont associate it with Batman.

    If it has flip flopped and gone both ways I dont see how you cant see that as an inconsistency and understand.

    I appreciate your love for the character however if I nail two items together that have never been nailed together it does not make me a tech inventor.

    Again I was commenting on the association of Stark and Wayne of them being tech inventors. I mean if you want to go that route just about every hero is fashion designer like …….. Calvin Klein.. (im guessing here I dont know any fashion designers)

  15. Why does the title have ‘video’,but no video of the interview?

  16. Cap=The Guardian

  17. I would love to see Enchantress and Executioner they’re my favorite Thor baddies

  18. I know its not in the comics, but Thor should get a sister that was separated at birth with, like, sea powers or something. Ive been thinking about it and I think it would be a good emotion twister. What do you guys think? Its just an idea. Reply, people!

  19. Go look up Finale of the Surtur saga it looks exactly like where Thor 3 will go based on where Thor 2 ended

  20. If the lawyers allowed Fox to own the term “adamantium” they failed. Adamantium existed before Wolverine (now there is a HIGHLY overrated character who takes up too much film space). Anyway, Whedon has said he is powering-down Ultron a bit for the film so he doesn’t come off as godlike, which makes sense. Ultron evolved into being nigh-omnipotent like a SkyNet sort of thing. It would make sense that he did not start off that way. He could move his “brain” like software and upload it into new bodies (hardware shells) built to his specifications. The first shell might not be indestructible

    • As a matter of fact:

      The first use of the term adamantium in Marvel Comics was in Avengers #66 (July 1969), where it refers to part of Ultron’s outer shell.

      Fox definitely should not own the rights to it, just like they don’t own Wanda or Pietro.

  21. I feel it is a terrible terrible idea to make thor female as A it comes from Norse mythology and is sacrilage to change that B the inscription on the hammer is “he who is worthy” im not sexist or afraid of change but cant they just make a new hero? C thor is classic he is the god of thunder he is in mythologic origin also clsoe to Zeus and Jupiter (greek and roman gods of thunder, both male with beards) by changing him someone to be polite ignorant people might assume thor is in mythology female and then make the god of thunder figure in general female. this is just a desperate attempt to reach out to the female comic market, i dont belive in norse mythology (although the stories are awesome) and i dont like superheroes all that much but Thor is the only marvel character i like other than wolverine and LOki (i like immortals).