Chris Hemsworth is now a worldwide superstar, but I do recall his first start as a young lad playing the heartthrob role of Kim in an Australian soap opera called Home and Away, my wife was a fan even in those days, ahem. At that point even though actors like the late Heath Ledger also got their start in this show, I never imagined I was looking at an eventual Hollywood star.
Of course, Hemsworth was propelled into stardom by landing the role of Thor in Marvel’s attempts to make the first big budget live-action Thor movie. It was the Marvel movie we were all worried about, no one thought they could pull it off. Yet, despite it not ranking as one of my favorites they actually managed to pull off a fairly decent movie. Then, of course, Avengers happened and that was all she wrote.
Now Hemsworth is at the end of his Marvel contract and if anything it feels like the character and the actor who plays him are just getting started. Thor was brilliant in the recent Infinity War box office smash and his third solo outing in Thor: Ragnarok was, in my opinion, one of the best Marvel movies yet. In an interview with GQ Hemsworth talks about, well quite a lot of things, but as far as us fanboys are concerned he does talk about the changes going into Thor: Ragnarok. Hemsworth spoke about how liberated he felt being able to play Thor in a less straight-up macho fashion in Ragnarok. He also thought Thor: The Dark World was meh! So did most of us, Chris, so did most of us. Here is what he said.
“The first one is good, the second one is meh! What masculinity was, the classic archetype—it just all starts to feel very familiar. I was so aware that we were right on the edge.”
I wholeheartedly agree, I found Thor very archetypal and honestly a little boring when compared to his brother Loki. I loved how they switch all that around in Ragnarok and how that new Thor carries over into Infinity War and still gets his big macho hero moments as well. Thor in Ragnarok feels more real and flawed, which somehow elevates his bravery and the connection we as fans feel towards him. Yet he was always a little bit of an outsider in the comics, so I guess this is one character I feel works better in this movie universe than he ever did in the comic pages, (Cap is another).
What do you think? Do you agree with my mate Hemsworth and me about the improvement in Thor and the decidedly meh status of The Dark World? Sound off as always in the underbelly below.
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