Every so often, I go back and revisit films in the MCU. On my list of films that I tend to go back to are Ant-Man, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the original Thor film. By and large, these films hold up pretty well, even by today’s standards, but when it comes to Thor, there is one aspect that is pretty jarring to look at.
Interestingly enough, when asked about potentially changing some of their decisions in those earlier movies, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige addressed that very thing.
“I’ll tell you one specific example I just thought of today and I laugh at it. Definitively, the one thing I would definitely do differently if I had to do it over again, is we would not have dyed Chris Hemsworth’s eyebrows blond in the first Thor. Because we were like, Thor is blond! He has to be blond! And Hemsworth was great and awesome and pulled it off, but there are a couple of shots I watch and I’m like, oh my God, that poor guy, we made him freaking dye his eyebrows! That’s ridiculous! And I can laugh about it now because Hemsworth is Thor and he doesn’t need long hair, or a cape, or a hammer, or two eyeballs to be Thor.”
Of course, we can look back on it now and laugh at it, but I can understand their reasoning behind it at the time. They loved Chris Hemsworth in the role, but felt a certain need, as Marvel Studios, to create a version of the character that’s a dead ringer for the comic book counterpart.
I believe it was in the first Avengers film that they stopped dying the eyebrows, and looking back now is pretty darn jarring. Oh, well, you live and you learn. At least they got the character, right…right?
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