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Chris Hemsworth sees an end for the MCU's Thor in the future

Hemsworth is open to returning as Marvel Studios' Thor, but probably not for that much longer, according to a new interview
Thor: Love and Thunder
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Chris Hemsworth is open to making another Thor movie — but he has a couple of conditions, in order for it to happen.

“I think there'd be more to say if the people want to hear me say it,” Hemsworth told Vanity Fair about the prospect of returning to the character in a recent interview. “Look, I'm completely open to it, if there is something unique and fresh and unexpected to do with the character and the world. I've always loved the experience. I've been very thankful I've been able to do something different each time.”

Beyond doing simply something unexpected, the actor — who’s been playing Thor since 2011 — does feel that any future solo outing for the character would have to include something very specific: an ending.

“I feel like we'd probably have to close the book if I ever did it again, you know what I mean? I feel like it probably warrants that,” he argued. “I feel like it'd probably be the finale, but that's not based on anything anyone's told me or any sort of plans. You have this birth of a hero, the journey of a hero, then the death of a hero, and I don't know — am I at that stage? Who knows?”

Talk of stepping away from Thor ties in with other plans Hemsworth has in store. In the same Vanity Fair piece promoting his new Disney+ series Limitless, Hemsworth talks about stepping back from acting in order to spend more time with his family, and also to get some experience behind the camera. "We have a set-up with National Geographic in the unscripted space and the plan is I'd like to do more in the documentary space as well," he revealed.

It’s worth remembering that this summer’s Thor: Love and Thunder ended with a caption telling viewers “Thor will be back,” which surprised the movie’s writer and director Taika Waititi. “I saw it in the theater and I was like, ‘Oh, shit. Really?’ Even Chris was like, ‘What?’ But, of course he'll be back,” he admitted in an interview, adding, “it would need to be something surprising and unexpected for me to want to do it. Like what would be the new take? The battles and all the fighting is fine, but I would want something that feels unexpected when it comes to the story.”

The moral of this story, then, is that if and when Thor returns to the MCU, it’ll be in a form few expect — and it’ll probably be the last time anyone will see Hemsworth in the role. Maybe Hercules can take over, instead.


Were you left confused by Thor: Love and Thunder? You weren’t alone, as it turns out.

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