Any fears that Chris Hemsworth might be sick of playing Thor seem to be wide of the mark, after the Australian actor’s latest comments.
Hemsworth has made plenty of other films since his first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2011, but for many fans he is simply: Thor.
He is due to feature as the god of thunder in an as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers film in 2019, but he could have been forgiven for attempting to plough his own furrow away from the franchise after that.
However, it seems like fans of his Marvel work have cause for optimism, despite rumours that the next appearance would be his last.
“The film continues to smash records left right and centre and, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s all thanks to you guys,” Hemsworth said in a video posted to Instagram.
“We’re going to keep trying to crank them out for you, if you let us,” he added, in a comment seen as an implication that he has no plans to hang up his sword just yet.
The 2019 film will be his eighth as Thor, and according to CBR it’s the last on his current contract (as well as the final or penultimate film for a number of others on the MCU roster).
However, his comments have given people reason to believe he’d be more than open to an extension, either for one more film or for more new performances.
Hemsworth’s next non-Marvel appearance will come in Bad Times at the El Royale, a thriller from Cloverfield and The Martian writer Drew Goddard which remains shrouded in mystery.
Other cast members are thought to include Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson and Russell Crowe, though the film – due for an October release – doesn’t even have a publicly available trailer at the time of writing.
The film has received promising write-ups from those in the industry who have been given a sneak peek, and looks like a bit of departure, not just from his portrayal of Thor but from his performances in movies such as Rush and Ghostbusters.
As for whether it’ll be the start of a movement away from Marvel, Thor fans have every reason to be hopeful he has room for a two-pronged career going forward. We haven’t forgotten about those Men in Black headlines, after all.