Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is still active in the MCU, despite its new phase with new heroes. Will Thor: Love and Thunder be his last Marvel movie?
Following the release of Thor: Love and ThunderChris Hemsworth’s tenure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the subject of recent speculations. Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth solo Thor film, seeing the return of Taika Waititi as the director and Chris Hemsworth as the titular hero. Thor is one of the only three original members of the Avengers, including Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), to remain active in the MCU. As such, talks of Hemsworth leaving Marvel are amplified, especially as Phase 4 continues to welcome new heroes.
During the early years of the MCU superhero franchise, actors were usually given multi-project contracts. In particular, the MCU’s Big Three — Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., and Chris Hemsworth — agreed to six-movie contracts. However, as the MCU expands and brings in new talent, Marvel Studios is offering their actors shorter contracts now. This change allows the franchise to create better stories without being boxed by their character options and surprise its viewers due to their limited knowledge of actors’ contract details. Additionally, even Marvel actors have no idea if they are to come back for another project, although some, including Hemsworth, have already expressed their willingness.
Chris Hemsworth’s original contract with Marvel ended with Avengers: Endgame. However, since his interest in playing Thor was renewed after Thor: Ragnarok, he signed on to do another solo movie, impressed by the story and wanting to collaborate with Waititi again. This then begs the question: Is Thor 4 Hemsworth’s last Marvel movie? After the credits of the Guns ‘N’ Roses-obsessed Thor: Love and Thunder roll the line”Thor wants to return” appears on-screen, signifying that the Asgardian god is set to return to the MCU.
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The confirmation that his Marvel character will return in the future actually surprised Hemsworth, who has only been informed through the world premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder (via USAToday). While so far, no concrete plans involving Thor have been announced, the Australian actor claims he has grown attached to his superhero role and will always be willing to reprise it as much as he can. On numerous occasions, Hemsworth has also shared his enthusiasm to keep on telling Thor stories; after all, the God of Thunder has only been through 1,500 years, and there are still more narratives and realms to explore.
Thor’s future within the franchise remains unclear, it is still unknown whether he will appear next in his fifth movie or pop up in an upcoming Disney+ MCU show or other films. This may come in the form of a film detailing his adventures with the Guardians of the Galaxy, or his battles together with Gorr’s daughter, Love (India Hemsworth). Regardless, as Thor: Love and Thunder suggests, the now Mjolnir-wielding Thor will be a huge part of facing Zeus (Russell Crowe) as the Greek god seeks revenge through his son Hercules (Brett Goldstein).
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