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Chris Hemsworth expected Marvel to fire him as Thor.

Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, has been a mainstay of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for almost a decade, but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the God of Thunder. The Australian actor was hired as a relative unknown in 2011’s Thor, and it wasn’t until 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok that the character truly hit his stride. Even before he joined Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Hemsworth had serious misgivings about his future at Marvel Studios, even believing he was “about to be fired” during the development of the first film.

“[Thor: Love and Thunder] brought up a lot of memories for me, as did the last Avengers picture. I’ve been doing it for ten or eleven years. I originally portrayed Thor alongside Natalie Portman in one of my first gigs, and I kept worrying I was going to be fired, or that nothing would work, or that people wouldn’t accept my interpretation of the character “Hemsworth told TODAY in Australia. “And whether she felt I was any good, or if she thought I deserved to be there, or anything.”

Acting beside an Academy Award winner like Portman was difficult back then, but with Hemsworth establishing himself as a box office behemoth today, their reunion for Thor: Love and Thunder enabled both performers and their respective roles to exhibit their development.

“So, 10 years later, we rejoin – both of our lives have altered tremendously in various ways. In addition, the characters have evolved “Hemsworth went on. “I believe Thor is in a much different position than he was in the previous picture, and now we have Jane Foster, who has a slew of skills and is a superhero herself. It created for some interesting on-camera dynamics.”

Love and Thunder marks Hemsworth’s sixth MCU appearance as Thor and Portman’s third as Jane Foster. Jane had appeared with Hemsworth in the first two Thor films, but did not return for Ragnarok in 2017. Portman would make a short cameo in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, although the material was rehashed from 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. Her unofficial comeback to Marvel occurred last October, when she portrayed Jane Foster in the animated What If…? series.

Thor: Love and Thunder will be released in cinemas on July 8th.


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