‘Thor 3′: Chris Hemsworth Has ‘A Lot of Time’ Before Filming Starts

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Marvel Studios announced screenwriters for Thor 3 back in January; at the time, the third solo vehicle for Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder seemed a likely bet to claim one of the two 2016 release dates reserved by Marvel. However, a lot has happened in the months since then, and it now looks as though the next Thor movie won’t arrive until 2017 – something also suggested by Hemsworth, in his recent comments on the film’s production start date.

Captain America 3 is scheduled for May 2016 and it’s all but official right now that Doctor Strange will be the new intellectual property introduced by Marvel Studios that year, taking the remaining July 2016 date claimed by the studio. There are three dates that’ve been staked out for Marvel releases in 2017 – one of which has already gone to James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2, as was confirmed during the Marvel Studios panel at the 2014 Comic-Con in San Diego last week.

Hemsworth, who attended the 2014 ‘Con for the premiere of the first trailer footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron, offers members of the press an update on the status Thor 3. And by “update,” we mean that he told a handful of reporters that production is still a ways off from beginning. Below, we have the verbatim quote from Hemsworth, as recorded by Collider.

“Yeah I got a lot of time. I don’t think it’s just yet, Thor 3. I think it’s a ways away.”

That Thor 3 is “a ways away” still makes sense, seeing as the movie doesn’t have a director officially attached yet – unlike the upcoming Captain America and Guardians installments, as well as Doctor Strange – and there hasn’t been a major progress update on the project since the writers Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) and Craig Kyle (the Doctor Strange animated feature) were confirmed to be working on the screenplay. Meanwhile, Hemsworth is lined up to reprise as the Huntsman in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman sequel/spinoff in early 2015 – meaning, he’s unlikely to pick up Thor’s hammer again for a year or so from now, at the earliest.

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Cap (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Mind you, that’s not to imply that another Thor solo movie is in danger; The Dark World grossed some $645 million worldwide in theaters, so Thor 3 will undoubtedly be moving forward. However, the general response to the second Thor movie just wasn’t as passionate as that for either Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Guardians of the Galaxy, while The Dark World had limited impact on the immediate future of the MCU (unlike the events in Winter Soldier) – down the line, though, is another story. Hence, a third Thor installment just isn’t as high a priority for the comic book movie studio as other projects… yet, mind you.

Marvel is also preparing for the future after the current band of Avengers (including Hemsworth) hang up their superhero hats, so Doctor Strange won’t be the only new movie IP that becomes a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – before Avengers 3 launches in 2018, that is. It’s feasible that the May 2017 Marvel Studios release will therefore be a fresh addition to the company’s Shared Universe (Inhumans remains a strong possibility), with Guardians 2 following two months later – and then, Thor 3 in November, approximately four years after The Dark World was unleashed.

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More: Robert Downey Jr. Talks Iron Man 4

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Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters tomorrow, August 1st. Meanwhile, Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives on May 1st, 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17th, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6th, 2016, unannounced films on July 8th, 2016 (Doctor Strange?) and May 5th, 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28th, 2017, and unannounced movies on November 3rd, 2017 (Thor 3?), May 4th, 2018, July 6th, 2018, November 2nd, 2018, and May 3rd, 2019.

Source: Collider

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  1. May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
    July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
    May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3
    July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange
    May 5, 2017 – Iron Man 4
    July 28, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    November 3, 2017 – Thor 3
    May 4, 2018 – Avengers 3 Pt. 1
    July 6, 2018 – Ant Man 2, Hulk 2, Inhumans, or Black Widow feature
    November 2, 2018 – Ant Man 2, Hulk 2, Inhumans or Black Window feature
    May 3, 2019 – The Avengers 3 Pt. 2

    I believe the focus of most of these films will feature the main cast we’ve come to know as our MCU Avengers. I don’t believe Disney will want to stray too far into unknown properties more than once a year. They’re already taking a big risk with Ant-Man, but I’m willing to bet they want to recreate that ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’ feel with that film, and they expect it to be a marketable success, which will lead to a sequel.

    I also believe that if they do split the Avengers 3 into two parts, a year apart, the two films between won’t be tied so closely to it, so expect a new property in either the July 2018 or November 2018 slot, and/or a story about a character that isn’t in the same location as what is happening in the Avengers 3, Pt. 1. Although they’ve stated they’re against a World War Hulk feature, imagine seeing the Hulk shipped off the planet in Avengers 2, not seen at all in Avengers 3, Pt. 1, star in a standalone which ends in him returning to Earth for Avengers 3 Pt. 2, to go toe-to-toe with Thanos. Thor 3 will more than likely be the film leading into Avengers 3, which makes sense because Thor 1 was the film that led into Avengers 1, and Thor 2 is technically the film most connected to the rest of the MCU leading into Avengers 2, being that Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t tightly knitted to the rest of the MCU just yet. I guess I’ll find out tonight how closely connected it is.

    It also makes sense for them to focus on their established properties to run the length of the actors’ contracts, and it’s easily bankable for Disney. Afterwards we can hope they get more lax and start pushing out more unknown properties.
    I highly doubt they’ll bring in Ms. Marvel or Black Panther for standalones before Avengers 3. They can show up as supporting characters in established character films, as I and most believe Black Panther will show up in Cap 3.
    Also, don’t be surprised if we get a War Machine standalone starring Don Cheadle with RDJ in a cameo role. He’s easily a more established and marketable black actor than anyone they’d get to play Black Panther. I’m starting to question my own predictions with that Iron Man 4 slot possibly becoming a War Machine standalone.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if they bring on RDJ after his contract expires in a Nick Fury type cameo role.

    • And yes, I took this chance to actually post my predictions as I hardly ever get the chance to chime in on a potentially hot topic. Typically, I’m late to arriving at most articles and most of what I say goes unnoticed because it’s a dead article.

      • what is up with kids and their predictions?

        • I guess it’s the new thing, a mix of “here’s what I want to see” and “hopefully my guess becomes accurate so I can tell my friends about it”. It’s a pain to have to scroll past when there’s several consecutive posts with similar long lists of movie title guesses between now and the year 3961 but I can sort of understand why they do it.

          • For the record, Captain Britain, I’m not trying to boast my predictions if they come true, I just intent to spark debate and talk about the possible directions these films will head. It’s the only reason I’m really engaged with this site, to banter with other like-minded individuals who enjoy these films, because at my age, and my group of friends, I’m the only one who really gives two damns about these films long before they come into fruition. As stated, I’m 29. The only other person I know not on this site who really cares for these films is my girlfriend, and she doesn’t care until they’re released. She loves the Marvel films, but has no clue what to expect of GotG, so I’m dragging her there tonight to expose her to the future of the MCU.

            • i can safely say she will [or already has]enjoy[ed] that film. i just got back from seeing it myself and it looks like marvel has once again got a hit on their hands. i didnt want to pay full price for the 3d so just saw in 2d, and it was one of the smaller theaters. most everyone clapped at the end, but what impressed me was most everyone stayed for the post credit scene. every marvel film i’ve seen in the theaters usually 75% of the audience leaves before the tag, but this was the 1st time i’ve seen nearly the whole crowd stay.
              i am going to be so broke getting all these blurays.
              i will be surprised if it doesnt do better than cap2.
              4 stars.

          • I think you’re right about that Dazz, and I think it’s something we’re all guilty of at one point or another. I’m not trying to be a jerk here, but I have seen numerous posts from yourself that either state predictions or take credit for those same predictions. If you really think about it, sites like this and the films themselves thrive on speculation.

            I’m more of a fan of the “wouldn’t it be cool if they did this or incorporated that,” but either way, comments sections exist because people want to be a part of the conversation. As a person who comes to SR almost exclusively for my MCU information, I’ve noticed that there is a definite community here and I’m usually confused by how negative everyone gets toward each other.

            Alright, that’s the end of my, “Can’t we all just get along…” BS

        • 29 year old kids and their predictions these days…I tell ya, there’s just nothing they won’t do. /endsarcasm

    • They can’t split up Avengers 3 into two parts because a lot of the actors’ contracts expire after their sixth movie. E.g., Chris Evans has clearly stated that he has no interest reprising the role after his sixth appearance as Captain America.

      • Ever consider the idea someone could die in the first part, to be ‘avenged’ in the second? And just because a contract expires, doesn’t mean the actor can re-sign another contract, or extend a contract for one more film. Money talks, and Marvel Studios is Fort Knox.

        • can’t* not can

      • “Chris Evans has clearly stated that he has no interest reprising the role after his sixth appearance as Captain America.”

        You clearly have not read his full quote on the subject. Look it up and see if you STILL think that.

        • The already have Cap’s replacement.

    • Why would they split the avengers 3 into 2 parts? Most of the current actors contracts are up after the avengers 3. Wouldn’t 2 parts count as two movies? Unless they decide to stay with marvel, I don’t think that will happen.

      • Again….Ever consider the idea someone could die in the first part, to be ‘avenged’ in the second? And just because a contract expires, doesn’t mean the actor can’t re-sign another contract, or extend a contract for one more film. Money talks, and Marvel Studios is Fort Knox.

        • I think we have an echo in here… and Chris E will not do another. he is retiring from acting and moving behind the lens. Falcon will take over to mirror comics or Bucky will become cap. I think one of the unknown movies is a winter soldier film.

          • Actually, What Chris Evans said was that his onscreen work would be kept within the Marvel universe, but any work he did non-Marvel would be behind the camera. He left the door open to come back after his contract expired. I’m not saying he’s guaranteed to come back, but it’s also not set in stone that he won’t.

            That being the case, they wouldn’t have contracted Sebastian Stan for nine films if they didn’t have big plans for Bucky.

    • I’m going to have to disagree with your predictions list abit here I believe the May 2017 movie will be a new IP, taking into account Feige has stated on multiple occasions they want one existing franchise & one new hero every year. I believe RDJ may return for IM4 but that would end up in the renegotiation time after Avengers 3, Hemsworth said he’d be willing to come back, Ruffalo will still have 3 movies under contract, Evans says he wants to take a break from acting after his contract is up. I believe the july 2018 will be a new IP then the next Hulk movie will be Nov 2018.

      • Yea, I agree with you in that Feige said they want a New IP and an existing franchise each year, but it doesn’t make much sense in the time frame they have lined up. Unless they push for a Black Panther film following his (possible) inclusion in Cap 3. But I can’t see them giving the May slot to an new character, when an existing character or team up would be guaranteed to top the years gross, especially it falling appropriately in line with the their golden egg laying goose, Iron Man’s period of absence. Now, who knows what may happen to him in Avengers 2 that may see him take a step back, at least from a solo outing, but it would seem feasible for them to have War Machine step up in his place, feature as a solo outing for Rhodey, RDJ cameo, and them kill two bird with one stone…a Black lead actor, and technically New IP. Cheadle definitely has the star power they want for their leads, but I still think they won’t pass up the chance to milk Iron Man for more money.

    • I think this is a great prediction/analysis. Even if it’s unlikely to all happen, these are really good ideas with new possibilities and solid reasoning behind them all. I would like to see them happen.

      I especially like the possibility of War Machine being a standalone with RDJ taking a step back – it helps him get away from the monkey-grip of love that we all have for him while warming us up for a similar character. If Cheadle is even down for an extended contract. And I also especially like the idea of bringing in Black Panther through Cap 3 (note – I haven’t seen Cap 2 yet. So that’s not factored in). But yeah, the vibranium is the connection and who knows if Avengers: Age of Ultron will lead to Cap’s shield really breaking and having to go on a search for more material for a new one. It’s a good tie-in and I REALLY want to see Black Panther out there.

      War Machine and Black Panther on deck for Avengers 3 would be interesting. Especially considering Doctor Strange, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Vision might be in the mix as well (not to even mention Guardians of the Galaxy too!). I don’t know much about those characters but it would definitely be an entirely new dynamic in there. Also completely eliminates any need for reboots in the near or even far future. I wonder if studios may even be more open to crossover cameos (here’s looking at you Spidey, Wolverine and FF). I just wonder how long they can go on without running out of villains to fight – after Thanos it seems like they’ll have pretty much gone through the worst of it.

      I guess we’ll all see in the next decade, eh?

      • Thank you.

        After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy you can kind of get an idea how things are going to pan out.

  2. Typo: Third paragraph, first line, *attenedd* where it should be *attended*.

    Other than that, great post, no need to rush for Ragnarok.

    • Fixed.

      Thanks for the catch!

  3. Actually Thor: The Dark World introduced The Collector and the Aether which is an infinity gem and if thats what everyone wants for thanos to get the gaunlet then yeah it had an impact on the MCU.

    • Fair point – I changed that paragraph a bit, to better reflect my meaning.

    • Yeah, but that means that it was leading up to Avengers 3, while The Winter Soldier was leading up to Avengers 2. So not such an immediate impact.

      I mean, we the audience, know what sort of impact is has, but the characters don’t know it yet. They are yet not aware of the significance of the infinity stones and the threat of Thanos.

      Thor 3 will be leading up to Avengers 3 much more directly, so I understand why it won’t come out so soon. They want to keep its events fresh when Avengers 3 comes out.

  4. I’m sure Thor 3 will be very relevant just before Thanos arrives in Avengers 3. He will need the Tesseract from Asgard’s vault after all.

    And Loki is obviously not rushing whatever he plans to do now that he has power over Asgard as “Odin”.

    • I guess Loki will only panic when Surtur makes his appearance and calls Thor back to help. Otherwise, no rush for a threequel.

      • I agree. Ragnorak certainly implies Surtur and Loki will need Thors assistance. Visually, I hope they do Surtur justice, he’s a great villain..

  5. I hope they make up for the huge disappointment Thor 2 was. The only weak film in Phase 2 and the only film that didn’t improve on its predecessor.

    • Thor 2 was better than the first and also made a lot more money. 200 million more.

      • Was not talking financial success. Personally, did not like more than first. The Thor creative team has the chance to make the most unique property of the Avengers team and they have not taken advantage of the fantasy aspect of Thor. Thor 2 was absurd and that fact that its climax was on Earth was stupid. And Kat Dennings is the worst.

        • I’m sure that’s more Marvel’s creative control taking over and wanting it to fall in line with their universe and vision…they’ve definitely avoided the fantasy aspect a ton. I want to see an entire (or majority) film take place on Asgard.

          • No doubt it’s the higher ups at Marvel controlling it. Maybe with success of a unique property like GotG, they’ll be more willing to loosen up the reins and let Thor stay off Earth for a film.

        • Kat Dennings is awesome, B**CH!

          • Agreed, Natalie Portman is the worst.

            • Natalie Portman is the truth! You’re tripping.

        • I thoroughly enjoyed Thor: The Dark World and thought it was better than the first. My main problem was the villain in general. Malekith didn’t really have a lot of motivation or backstory. He was just inherently evil and wanted to plunge the universe into darkness. I don’t feel like that makes for a well developed villain, just a very generic one. And Kat Dennings is so hot!

    • Man i completely agree. Thor 2 was the worst thing Marvel made till date even worse surpassing Thor in … well like nothing. I still don’t understand how can people eat it and say that it was good.

  6. Maybe if Marvel would quit the cartoonish action and childish humor in the Thor series then it would be looked at more seriously. Thor should have been Marvel’s Game of Thrones sans the sex scenes. As a Thor fan the movies drove me nuts, as I was hoping for something big and epic. Instead I got a movie that was made to sell happy meal toys.

    • @ Jonathan

      I completely agree, the Thor movies should be the most adult, minus the heavy gore/ sex scenes. I was really hoping for a huge threat in Thor 2, but I got comedy and Jane (Natalie Portman) was so annoying ( and she’s my secret second wife.). I’m glad to hear that Marvel is pushing this title back.

  7. Yo – Screenranters in the know…..

    Has Strange ever gone up against Surtur??

    Strange is in play, bring in the mystic to go with GotG and Thanos’s cosmic

    Is it time for Ragnarok?

    • not that I know of. but Surtur is an easter egg from The Dark World when portals were in alignment. I’m gonna guess Thanos will work with Surtur to start Ragnarok and get his hands on the gauntlet and tesseract, then when the Gotg crew joins up with earth gotg 2) we will see the gem from GotG 1 and the aether come into play, he’ll then steal mind gem from hydra (or work with them) and the final two stones will play out in Cap 3 and Avengers 3

  8. The third movie in the series would sure benefit if it had BETA RAY BILL in it.

  9. Im sorry thors a cool character in all but he keeps getting F’ed when it comes to his solo movies, they both are borderline mediocre to crap. Its really a shame but I don’t find this news surprising the 2nd was terrible. Hey Peter Jacksons got a empty schedule hit him up and save this franchise

  10. Just put Howard the Duck in every movie and it will be fine. :)

  11. I think the long wait for the third installment is worth it.

    I enjoyed the first two Thor movies, but it still feels like we’ve been denied that truly epic, grandiose adventure that’s 100% Asgard and minus Earth characters.

    So much potential yet to be fulfilled. Surtur, Enchantress, Beta Ray Bill etc all need to be explored. As great Loki is, it would be good to expand on other villains within the Thor universe.

    There’s more than enough material for at least two more installments at least.

  12. I think it’s pretty rash to say Thor 2 isn’t as impact-ful as CA: TWS, because the goals of each film, between those, and all the movies in the MCU vary between all of them. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. Thor 2 presented us with an Infinity Stone and no Earth impact; CA:TWS presented us with the fall of SHIELD and no Infinity Stone. Both are very meaningful aspects, donesn’t mean one has more of an impact than the other

  13. I think Thor 3 will be a ramp up to Avengers 3, where it’s rumored there will be a war between Asgard and Midgard (Earth). So there will be a balance between scenes on the two realms. (Natalie Portman is contracted to do Thor 3, so for some of you who can’t stand her, she’s going to be back.) The only way the human element works this time around would be the beat of war drums, and suspicion of humans who were on friendly terms with a certain Asgardian. Jane, Eric and Darcy would be targets of official investigations; SHIELD’s no longer around to protect them and the Avengers would be busy rehabilitating their image due to the Ultron fallout. The government would want information from them, especially from Jane since she was on Asgard; and if it has to lock them up and use “enhanced interrogation” to get it they will. Thor and Jane are suppose to be done in Age of Ultron and she’s dating Richard, but if Jane get into this level of trouble Richard would drop her. From the Dark World Richard left the impression that he wouldn’t want his reputation tied to a woman who slept with the “enemy”. He got burned once from a cheating girlfriend; Jane’s close encounters would be too much for him. Even if Thor hooks up with Sif or Amora, Jane will still have a hold on him and they will reunite (remember this is Disney). How it goes from there I don’t know.

  14. I had a comment about the human element on Thor 3. Where is it?

  15. 2017 are you serious that’s ages away

  16. Bummer that Thor 3 might be so far away but on the bright side that could get the people working on it more time to get it to a very healthy spot. I keep wondering who will end up directing it won’t be Brannagh and I am sure Alan Taylor isn’t coming back. I bet it will be interesting to see the world of Thor again and also where everything is now that Loki is really the king. I remember Hemsworth hinting at how he thought that Ragnarok or something similar to it would make a good storyline for the third one and I think it very well could with Loki in charge he could hand Odin over to Thanos then begin Ragnarok and Thor is forced to make a decision as to whether or not return to Asgard or stay with Jane Foster… I can’t wait until Thor finds out that Loki is still alive, I want him to loose his mind and go ballistic on him only to hold back at the end of the fight. From a villain standpoint I think I would want to see Enchantress and Executioner however I think Surtur feels more fitting for the Ragnarok story line than they do, maybe they could do all three but that could get crowded not to mention there is Loki also who always feels like he is in the grey of right and wrong. I can’t wait for this one I loved the first two like crazy :)

  17. I FARTED