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.
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.
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]
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, 2014, The 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.