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Thor, Deadpool joke about swapping roles after Chris Hemsworth’s real-life run-in with fire

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Nov 11, 2019, 1:51 PM EST (Updated)

If there’s any Marvel movie character who can give Deadpool a run for his comedic money (would that make it funny money?), it’s probably Thor, who since debuting in the MCU in 2011 has been increasingly letting his mouth run on — often at the most inappropriate of times.

That’s why it’s hard, yet kinda irresistible, to imagine Chris Hemsworth trading in his cape and hammer (or is it an axe, after Avengers: Infinity War?) for a red bodysuit and a pair of ninja swords. But when his kid almost rearranged his face after a birthday candle accident over the weekend, Hemsworth’s mind was on how his casting situation might have to change — if, that is, his face were burned beyond recognition.

Hemsworth shot out an Instagram photo of the moment before he blew out the candles on his 35th birthday cake, in the process letting Ryan Reynolds know that, thanks to his own small mishap with fire, he could go ahead and volunteer to be next in line to play the mouthy merc.

“Immediately after this shot was taken my son viciously attacked me from behind (due to his ninja training) and slammed my face into the flaming candles,” Hemsworth hyperbolically joked. “I’ll now be playing Deadpool if @vancityreynolds pulls the pin”

Reynolds came back on Twitter with a bit of serendipitous news — if, that is, everybody joking about their gruesome real-life injuries can be considered serendipitous. As luck would have it, said Reynolds, he himself had just recently parted ways with one of his eyes.

So Hemsworth as Deadpool, and Reynolds as Thor? Well, that’s one way to sneak some of Deadpool’s edgier humor out of R-rated 20th Century Fox territory and into Disney’s more family-friendly Marvel wheelhouse. 

Then again, something feels made up about this whole story, doesn’t it? Reynolds shouldn’t have to lose an eye to play Thor — Rocket Racoon fixed all that when he procured a new peeper for the God of Thunder in Infinity War. Unless, that is, Reynolds knows something the rest of the world doesn’t about Thor’s fate in the upcoming Avengers 4.

Catch Reynolds in Deadpool 2 on VOD streaming platforms now, and Hemsworth in Avengers 4 (or whatever it’ll eventually be known as) in theaters on May 3 of next year.

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