Chris Hemsworth Reveals This ‘Avengers’ Star Was Worried About ‘Destroying’ His Character

Chris Hemsworth is best known for his portrayal of the Avengers character, Thor.

But after playing the ancient hammer-wielding god in five films, he was feeling hemmed in by the expectations for Thor. Although he enjoyed working with his fellow stars, he thought that the next movie needed to be even better.

He was ready to challenge what people thought the somber superhero should be like, and he was pretty sure he know what change was the right one.

Who supported his bold move, and which of his fellow stars were more worried about the consequences?

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Thor was loved — mostly

Thor is one of the most beloved heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But after playing him in a few films, Hemsworth was starting to feel stuck. Thor was such a serious and stoic character, and the role was getting a little boring.

As he said in an interview with Variety, “I felt like I was typecast by whoever was writing those scripts. I feel like the creators were stuck on where they could take the character, and was this all he had to offer?” 

Then came Thor: The Dark World and Hemsworth wasn’t the only one who was unhappy. Pretty much everyone hated it. They said it was sluggish and boring and Hemsworth knew it was past time to change things up. Luckily, he had an idea.

Support from a new director

Hemsworth had been doing a few comedic roles since the last Thor movie, including hosting Saturday Night Live and acting in remakes of the movies Vacation and Ghostbusters.

He really enjoyed playing around with comedy, so when it was time to start filming for the new Avengers movie, Thor: Ragnarok, he wanted to bring some of that fun along. 

He had such a great time with the comedy that it occurred to him that a few laughs might be exactly what Thor needed.

Fortunately for him, New Zealand director Taika Waititi had been recruited by Marvel to bring new life to the Thor franchise after the disappointing reception for The Dark World. Waititi was on board with the idea of adding some humor. Hemsworth was given the opportunity to let stoic Thor loosen up and joke around.

It showed off his sense of comedic timing, and somehow the jokes seemed to be extra funny when they were coming from a 1,500-year-old Asgardian God of Thunder. 

One of the actors wasn’t so sure

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Not only was the dialogue in the new script funnier, but the actors were encouraged to improvise. The talented cast took off with this new freedom, and some very funny scenes resulted.

But even though he was having a great time with it, Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo wasn’t so sure it was a good idea.

“I remember Mark Ruffalo looking at me and saying, ‘Are we wrecking this movie? Are we destroying these characters?'” Hemsworth said.

Although Ruffalo had his misgivings, Hemsworth felt so strongly about what they were doing that he and the rest of the cast decided to trust him and Waititi and to have fun with it. 

A great response

When Thor: Ragnarok came out, it was clear that the gamble had paid off. People loved it, and Hemsworth had new energy and appreciation for the character he was best known for.

Not only had the filming been more fun than he’d had in a long time, but people really enjoyed the result. It was a re-energizing move for the Thor franchise.

And even Ruffalo had to admit it was just exactly what the Avengers world needed.