Speaking to Deadline at the new Hollywood premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder, Hemsworth said he would reprise the role “until someone says get off the stage. I love him.”
Somewhat unusually for the MCU (and somewhat fond of the three-movie arc of many of its heroes), Thor is the only hero to have four films in which he plays the title role.
This may have been due to the massive critical and commercial success of Thor: Ragnarok, which was Waititi’s first directorial role with Marvel Juggernaut and saw Thor face off against long-lost half-sister Hela (played by Cate Blanchett).
However, Hemsworth had a different explanation for Thor’s longevity: fans love the character.
“There is an adolescence quality to him, a sense of adventure. It is kind of immature fun,” he said, adding that the same qualities can be found in Waititi.
“[Working with him brings] Something different every time, something new. He is a dear friend. It has the same kind of immature quality that I was talking about. in the best possible way.”
Hemsworth’s co-star, Natalie Portman, had a lot to say about her love for Waititi—especially since she’s been reimagined as the muscular 6-foot-3 Jane Foster (Portman herself is 5’3 in real life). Taika imagined this change in Jane and it was a really great suggestion for him to join his wild ride,” she said.
“It was amazing to be challenged with this because I don’t think there are a lot of people who would show a 5ft 3 woman in a 6ft selfie, so it was great to be able to imagine how someone this big walks the world, definitely not like me. , always looking at people, who always feel like a kid in every situation.”
Waititi recently told Empire that the latest Thor movie will take a different direction from previous installments in the franchise by dissecting the idea of love.
“I wanted to embrace this thing that I’ve always been a little shy about, explore this idea of love, and show characters who believe in love,” Empire said.
“On paper, I feel a little awkward, but there’s a way to do it with great characters who make a great movie.”
Roll on love and thunder.