Marvel Star Chris Hemsworth Admits ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’ Missed The Mark: “It Just Became Too Silly”

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) dreams of a life that could have been in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Marvel Entertainment
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) dreams of a life that could have been in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Marvel Entertainment

Roughly a year after the film premiered and presented the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a new all-time low, Thor: Love and Thunder star Chris Hemsworth is ready to admit that the God of Thunder’s third solo outing was a less-than-thunderous adventure.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) split kicks a pair of Booskan speeders in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Marvel Entertainment via Blu-ray

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) split kicks a pair of Booskan speeders in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Marvel Entertainment via Blu-ray

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The Australian native reflected on his last Marvel outing during a recent ‘career retrospect’ interview given to the British edition of GQ.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) tries to play it cool while talking to Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Marvel Entertainment via Blu-Ray

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) tries to play it cool while talking to Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Marvel Entertainment via Blu-Ray

After being asked by the outlet’s Hannah-Rose Yee for his thoughts on the now infamous criticisms of Marvel films leveled by Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino – responding, “I’m thankful that I have been a part of something that kept people in cinemas. Now, whether or not those films were to the detriment of other films, I don’t know.” – Hemsworth recalled how even his child’s friends had, in recent years, become highly critical of the MCU.

“It’s a bunch of eight-year-olds critiquing my film,” Hemsworth told Yee. “‘We thought this one had too much humour, the action was cool but the VFX weren’t as good.’”

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is shocked to find Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) wielding Mjolnir in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Marvel Entertainment via Blu-ray

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is shocked to find Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) wielding Mjolnir in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Marvel Entertainment via Blu-ray

Having raised the topic of Marvel criticism, Hemsworth then confessed that, in terms of his thoughts on Love and Thunder, “I cringe and laugh equally at it.”

“I think we just had too much fun. It just became too silly,” reflects Hemsworth. He pauses. “It’s always hard being in the centre of it and having any real perspective… I love the process, it’s always a ride. But you just don’t know how people are going to respond.”

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Marvel Studios’ THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

(In a slightly humorous aside undoubtedly related at least in part to Love and Thunder, at one point during the interview, Hemsworth tells Yee that as he ages, “Everything has more importance now. Because of the realisation that this isn’t going to last forever.”

To this end, Hemsworth notes, “I don’t want to leave a pile of rubbish behind. And I’m aware that there’s a few misses there.” Pressed by Yee for specific examples, Hemsworth joked, “The internet will tell you”.)

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has questions for Mjolnir in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Marvel Entertainment via Blu-ray

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has questions for Mjolnir in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Marvel Entertainment via Blu-ray

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Yet despite this admission of Love and Thunder’s less-than-impressive quality, Hemsworth would admit that he would still be open to returning as the Son of Odin, albeit with one condition: Marvel has to do something new with the character.

“I love the experience,” said the actor. “I love the fact that I’ve been able to do something fairly different throughout the process. Thor 1 and 2 were their own thing, Thor 3 and 4 were a very different feel… and then even Avengers, the Lebowski Thor, the Infinity War Thor, due to different directors and I think mostly my own need to do something different.”

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) unleashes the might of Mjolnir upon Malekith (Christopher Eccleston)Loki (Tom Hiddleston) takes on the form of Captain America (Chris Evans) to taunt Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in Thor: The Dark World (2015), Marvel Entertainment

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) unleashes the might of Mjolnir upon Malekith (Christopher Eccleston)Loki (Tom Hiddleston) takes on the form of Captain America (Chris Evans) to taunt Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in Thor: The Dark World (2015), Marvel Entertainment

“You know, I got sick of the character pretty quick every couple of years,” he admitted. ” “If I was going to do something again it would have to be tonally different. And we’d have to do something very drastic to keep people on their toes. Otherwise it’s just the fatigue of those characters and those films, where people are like, ‘I’ve seen it.’”

Speaking to one of the broader issues currently infecting the MCU, Hemsworth pointed to the ‘End of the Multiverse’ premise of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and opined,  “That’s the trick: you have to separate all those stories.”

Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) prepares to force his way out of the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023), Marvel Entertainment

Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) prepares to force his way out of the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023), Marvel Entertainment

“The moment it’s like, ‘Your world is in danger, the entire universe!’ It’s like, ‘Yeah, so [like it] was the last 24 films,’” he added.  “It has to become a bit more personal and grounded.”

Concluding his thoughts on Marvel by returning to Thor, Hemsworth ultimately stated that while he was open to ” “seeing what [Marvel] have to offer creatively, if there is something new,” at present, “I really wanna do some other stuff for a while.”

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) turns to a dying Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) as Gorr (Christian Bale) prepares to ask Eternity for a wish in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Marvel Entertainment via Blu-ray

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) turns to a dying Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) as Gorr (Christian Bale) prepares to ask Eternity for a wish in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Marvel Entertainment

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