This Man Inspired Chris Hemsworth to Fight for a Funny Thor

While the hype surrounding Avengers: Endgame may be slowly dying down, the buzz concerning Chris Hemsworth’s latest narrative arc – and his associated appearance – in the final installment keeps growing.

Chris Hemsworth, most recognized for playing the hammer-wielding God of Thunder in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has grown intimately tied to the character over the last few years, yet the character’s persona has transformed drastically with time.

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Chris Hemsworth | Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images for Disney

Similar to Thor, Hemsworth is a brawny man with picture-perfect muscles and a deep, husky voice – one that causes a humorous inferiority complex in Star-Lord ( Chris Pratt).

Virtually fearless in the face of physical danger and strong-willed when confronting turmoil, Thor is a lovable character who’s got a heart as big as his hammer.

First playing the title character in 2011, Chris Hemsworth’s take was a bit more bland and dry than it has been in more recent iterations. While Thor started off as the virtually “unfunny” Avenger, the character grew to reflect Hemsworth’s SNL disposition with time.

Chris Hemsworth sat down for an interview with Vanity Fair to discuss Thor, his time with the Avengers, and the man who inspired the star to fight for a funnier, lighter version of Thor (a take on Thor that fans have greatly appreciated ever since).

Chris Hemsworth credits Kevin Smith as the inspiration behind funny Thor

While Chris Hemsworth had been debating speaking up to Feige (president of Marvel Studios) regarding Thor’s characterization following the first two Thor films, Kevin Smith gave him the push he needed to act on the beliefs he already retained.

According to Vanity Fair, it was Hemsworth’s idea to cut Thor’s hair and do away with the hammer, which given the comic book character’s identifying qualities, was a very risky move, yet definitely, one that paid off.

Chris Hemsworth revealed that he once heard Kevin Smith utterly bash the Thor franchise on a podcast, and knew that something had to be changed. Chris Hemsworth stated:

“Hearing someone like Smith, who represents the fanboy world, was such a kick in the ass to change gears. We sort of had nothing to lose. People didn’t expect what we did with it this time around [Thor: Raganarok].” Thor took a complete 360 turn in Ragnarok, and those behind his characterization clearly never looked back.

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Chris Hemsworth remembers saying that Thor needed to be funnier and more unpredictable, according to Vanity Fair. Hemsworth, before Ragnarok, described feeling “frustrated” and “bored” with the character.

Who is Kevin Smith, and why does his opinion matter so much?

Kevin Smith is an American filmmaker, comic book writer, author, podcaster and more. Smith owns a comic book store in Red Bank, NJ and is very familiar with the world of Marvel. As Hemsworth said, he represents “fanboy” culture on a grand scale, and due to his celebrity status, his opinion gets heard and influences the opinions of others.

Kevin Smith has previously worked on Clerks, Clerks 2, Jay and Silent Bob, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and more. The man is a multi-talented Hollywood professional whose opinion holds great weight when it comes to the world of comics. While Kevin Smith may not be the next Daniel Day-Lewis, his words were valuable to Hemsworth and helped to convince the actor that his convictions regarding the character were right all along: he needed to be transformed.