Avengers: Age of Ultron is truly a team effort, with even more heroes and villains than in the original Avengers or any Marvel movie before it – but according to Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, they’re making it a point for all of the characters to stand out.
In an interview conducted last year with IGN while on filming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hemsworth spoke about his character’s role in the film, what Thor contributes to the team beyond his hammer and strength, as well as potential lead-ins to his next solo film, Thor: Ragnarok.
When asked how Thor ties into the Avengers: Age of Ultron story, Hemsworth said that after the events of Thor: The Dark World his character is primarily living on Earth, making Ultron’s threat personal.
“Thor then begins to see a bigger picture about what this threat could potentially be and it begins to tie into all of our films,” thr actor adds. “It's hard to say too much without talking about what I can’t talk about, but as I said it's a personal loss from the get go, but he sees the bigger picture.”
Hemsworth said that he made it a point to address with Joss Whedon’s Thor’s contribution to the Avengers team beyond just being “the muscle.”
“[In terms of the story] It would be easy to fall into 'Oh, they're all just there because we're all contracted and it would look cool if we’re standing in the same room,’” Hemsworth says. “So - and it was there from the beginning too - but I just sort of kept saying to Joss, 'Okay, what do I bring to the table though? You know besides kind of Thor being a foot soldier and the muscle and in a bunch of fight scenes. Like what is his knowledge he can bring to it? And trying to incorporate the fact that he's from another world. What's his thousands of years of existence [bringing to this]? What information can I bring?”
Hemsroth reveals that at one point in Avengers: Age of Ultron he will retreat to another realm for something to combat Ultron. What realm that is remains unknown, but the actor does say that up until the third act of Avengers: Age of Ultron Thor is out of touch with Asgard. That’s interesting given the final moments of Thor: The Dark World where Loki comes to be the ruler of Asgard.
“Halfway through [the story] Thor begins to have suspicions about what the bigger picture is here, you know. Who's involved,” says Hemsworth. “And he actually doesn't know by the end of it, but he starts to think something’s not right here. [He thinks] 'This is all a little too convenient. 'Why has this happened?' Which you know, certainly points his focus back there [to Asgard].”
That talk could mean that elements of Avengers: Age of Ultron dovetail directly into his third announced solo film, Thor: Ragnarok.
Ragnarok is of course the mythical end of Asgard in Norse mythology, and when asked by IGN where he sees his character ending up ultimately, he says the answer is unknown.
“I mean I have asked the question but the truth is no one has the answer yet. We don't know how it's going to end and the biggest concern is this one here you know, more so than two or three films down the line,” says Hemsworth. “I know that I'm sure they're coming up with ideas and attempting to kind of have some kind of arrangement that five or six years down the line you go, 'Okay, this is where we were heading.' But they don’t tell us until the day before usually. “