– by Joseph Jammer Medina

We knew this day would be coming. Marvel Studios made unprecedented move when they locked down a handful of actors for multi-film contracts. While some have renewed their contracts since then, there are also some who are, after nearly a decade, just coming to the very end of it all, and are facing the potential to renew.

One such actor is Chris Hemsworth, one-third of the Chrises in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the man who plays the god of thunder himself, Thor. After three Thor films, a couple of shorts, a cameo in Doctor Strange, and what will be four Avengers movies, he isn’t far from finishing up his contractual obligations.

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Speaking with USA Today, Hemsworth opened up about his feelings on the matter, saying:

“Contractually, right now — yeah, this is it. I’m done. I won’t be playing the character again, It’s sort of a scary thought. This really seemed like this never-ending thing. And now it’s potentially finishing.”

But given the success of Thor: Ragnarok, the end of his contract doesn’t necessarily mean the end.

“We gave cheers … a few times. To Thor 3, but it also was like, ‘What could we do with four? We could do this and this.’ We were throwing ideas around. I felt like we re-invented him. There is a bigger platform now to continue if we want to.”

But will he actually want to when given the opportunity to sign along the dotted line once again? Obviously, we’ll have to wait and see, as both he and director Taika Waititi have a few years until this could even be a possibility. Perhaps by then, he’ll be ready to jump back into Thor’s world.

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  • elhonez

    This stuff is pretty common. Behind the deft PR on Chris’ part, he’s signaling that he’s open to going back to the negotiation table. He’s not so crass as to state outright that Marvel needs to come with a checkbook so big it takes a dolly to move it, but that’s the subtext here. It’s all a well-choreographed dance, a subtle courtship. In short: bizzness. You say the right things to the right outlets at the right times, and suddenly you have the weight of fans’ excitement adding urgency to the negotiations, doing some of the dirty work for you, and your agent, and your team of publicists, etc.

    • Moby85

      Bingo. This is the exact comment I hoped for but didn’t expect to see.

  • Moby85

    Business. Negotiations. That’s all this is. I in 5.5 years at my current job have never once told my boss I like/love working here. Why? I don’t want to give up any leverage when I ask for a raise. I don’t want to do anything to give her power.

    If I say “Yeah! I love it here. There’s so many unfinished stories and things we really need to do!” What happens? You give up power in negotiation.

    Hemsworth is at a position of strength now. He’s right. They completely revitalized the character turning it into the MCU’s first “comedy-primary” film. It was a bullseye. And you could probably write a trilogy of interesting buddy cop or small ensemble films.

    What would be more concerning is if Chris really WANTED it to be the end. But even that could be negotiations, Exhibit A: Daniel Craig’s “I’d rather slit my wrist than do another” comment on still playing James Bond…Before his massive new deal.

  • Behemothrex

    Like Marvel is going to let him go. We just had one of our most successful movies with Thor, okay recast. ROFL All that remains is the price.

  • Atirus

    After “Ragnarok” I wouldn’t mind seeing a 4th Thor film as long as Hemsworth and Waititi come back.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.