Count Chris Hemsworth among the real-life members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe excited about the Disney-Fox merger — a union that opens a world of crossover possibilities for Marvel characters previously isolated by studio constraints.
We’ve already heard the Thor: Ragnarok actor’s take on how he respects the way Marvel has explored his own character, as well as others in the MCU (hint: he’s a fan.) Now Hemsworth is opening up a bit more about the Disney deal’s immense crossover potential (hint: he’s a fan of that, too.)
Hemsworth recently told Cinemablend he’s stoked about the “awesome” opportunities presented by Disney’s takeover of 21st Century Fox — and, along with it, Marvel brands like Wolverine, all the rest of the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Deadpool.
“Oh, [it's] awesome,” he told Cinemablend’s Eric Eisenberg. “And I hope they get to do it, because contractually a lot of us have now kind of done our run. But to interact... and I've said that a while ago about, 'Imagine interacting with Wolverine or all the different characters from X-Men'... [Deadpool and Thor] would be pretty cool.”
The interesting subtext is that Hemsworth, like many of the MCU actors whose contracts are coming to an end, probably has no self-serving reason to fantasize out loud about the possibilities for Thor — or any other character — unless he’s genuinely intrigued. His run as Thor already has been a major success both for himself and for Marvel, and he joins others actors like Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, and Robert Downey Jr. in enjoying thoroughly comfortable and established positions within the MCU.
In that light, it’s especially cool that Hemsworth views his Thor gig as so much fun — regardless of whether the Disney deal ends up affecting his role, or that of his Thor successor.
“The most exciting thing about Avengers was just being on set as Thor with the Guardians,” he said. “…I was as much a fan to see that kick off as anyone else.”
It’s still up in the air whether Hemsworth will revisit Thor beyond Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, but he’s definitely on board to answer that call. The MCU’s increasingly adventuresome creative environment — as well as the newly-acquired crossover potential — both play their part in keeping the role fresh.
“If I had the opportunity to do it again, I think I’d love to," he told IGN recently. "I also think there’s an appetite for it now, or there’s a far greater range of possibilities of where he can go now, what he can do, just because we’ve kind of broken the mold a bit.”