Following the events in Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, many fans were left wondering what would become of some of our favorite superheroes, including Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. Endgame featured the conclusion of three major story arcs in Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), opening the door for a whole new slate of characters to lead the way into Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During Comic-Con International, Marvel announced plans to move forward with the next chapter in Thor’s story with a film titled Thor: Love and Thunder. The announcement was one of the highlights of the event and confirmed that we will see Hemsworth reprise the role at least one more time. But how much longer is Hemsworth’s contract with Marvel?
A look at Chris Hemsworth’s Marvel contract
Thor is one of the few remaining superheroes from the original Avengers squad. Apart from The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), the God of Thunder is easily one of the most powerful Avengers, though he took a back seat in Avengers: Endgame after gaining a little weight. Given everything that went down in Endgame, it is unclear what will happen to Thor moving forward, especially since most of Asgard is now living on Earth. Thor also gave up his throne to Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who is also expected to play a large role in Love and Thunder.
With so much up in the air, it seems as though Thor does not have much left in the tank. Beyond his upcoming solo outing, it is anyone’s guess if Thor will stick around to appear in the next Avengers movie, whenever that happens.
According to Cinema Blend, Hemsworth’s contract with Marvel expired after Ragnarok and Endgame, so he is technically no longer under any obligation to play the character. It is unknown if Hemsworth signed a new contract or is going on a film-by-film schedule. Whatever the case, fans can at least rest assured knowing that we will see Thor in action one more time.
What about Guardians of the Galaxy?
Thor teamed up with the Guardians of the Galaxy in both Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, teasing a potential crossover in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Thor even joked with the team in Endgame about a possible collaboration, calling it Asgardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel did not reveal anything about the next Guardians of the Galaxy film during Comic-Con, so we’ll have to wait and see if anything comes of it. The one thing we can say for sure is that Hemsworth loves playing the character and will continue to do so as long as Marvel pays him.
“I’d play this character for as long as anyone would let me. I’ve loved it so much,” Chris Hemsworth shared, adding that he is “open to anything.”
There was also a great moment between Thor and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel in Endgame. In one scene, Thor admits that he likes Captain Marvel, which could set them up for a crossover in Captain Marvel 2. There is also a potential to see Hemsworth reprise his role in the upcoming Disney+ show, Loki, though nothing official has been confirmed.
Did Chris Hemsworth sign a new contract?
Unfortunately, Marvel has not discussed Hemsworth’s new contract, so it is difficult to tell what it entails and how many more films Hemsworth will be a part of. The studio announced a slew of new franchises during Comic-Con, including Shang-Chi, The Eternals, and Blade, so it might be a long time before we see another Avengers project.
Depending on the time frame, it is possible that Chris Hemsworth sticks around long enough to be a part of the next ensemble movie, even if the rest of the team is completely new.
Hemsworth has not commented on his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His next movie, Thor: Love and Thunder, will star Thompson and Jose Alfredo Fernandez, with Ragnarok director Taika Waititi returning at the helm.
Natalie Portman is also reprising her role as Jane Foster and will become the new Thor at some point in the film. It is unknown if this will be Chris Hemsworth’s last solo film as Thor, especially considering Portman’s expanded role in the franchise.