Ahead of Thor: Love and Thunder, Chris Hemsworth contemplates playing the MCU’s Thor for another 6 years to beat Hugh Jackman’s superhero record.
Thor: Love and Thunder star Chris Hemsworth comments on whether he’ll beat Hugh Jackman’s record for the longest time spent playing a superhero. Audiences were first introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s God of Thunder in 2011’s Thor. Hemsworth has since appeared as the character 7 times in the MCU, including in Thor: The Dark World and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarök—which famously reinvigorated its respective franchise. Waititi’s highly anticipated sequel, love and thunderwill be the first time an original Avenger has received their own solo movie in the MCU.
Long before Hemsworth lifted Mjølnir, Jackman revealed his adamantium claws in 2000’s X Men, which helped to spawn the golden age of superhero movies. Hemsworth’s fellow Aussie played Weapon X 7 times in Fox’s Marvel/X-Men franchise before hanging up his claws in 2017’s Logan at the age of 47. In addition to being one of the most revered comic book actors of all time, Jackman once held the record for the longest time playing a superhero alongside his X Men co-star Patrick Stewart; they have since been usurped by Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, and JK Simmons. However, those actors had a much larger gap between projects, whereas Jackman played Wolverine consistently over the years.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1‘s Ali Plumb, Hemsworth sits down to talk about Marvel Studios’ upcoming film, love and thunder. After mentioning how Hemsworth has now been Thor for 11 years, Plumb asks the 38-year-old actor if he can see himself “swinging the ol Stormbreaker in 6 years” to beat Jackman’s 16-year record. Read what he had to say below:
“I wasn’t gonna but now that you’ve put that in front of me, you make a good point. It’s only six years, I’ve come this far. To turn back now would just be a waste.”
Plumb goes on to mention how Hemsworth better hope Jackman doesn’t cameo in Dead Pool 3, which is written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. With the latter pair having collaborated with Hemsworth on Netflix’s spider-headHemsworth jokes he’ll just have to put Thor in Dead Pool 3. In 2019, Disney/Marvel Studios acquired Fox, the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool under the MCU umbrella. Even before this happened, Ryan Reynolds has tried his best to goad (onscreen and off) his former X-Men Origins: Wolverine co-star into appearing alongside his fully-realized Merc with a Mouth. Before retiring from the Fox franchise, Jackman once said he’d love to appear in the MCU. However, Jackman appears adamant he won’t don the claws again.
A surprise cameo appearance in Dead Pool 3 would certainly keep Hemsworth from Jackman’s record. Depending upon Marvel Studios, Waititi, and the franchise’s other collaborators, Hemsworth continues to assert love and thunder could be his last MCU movie. Like Jackman, Hemsworth undoubtedly looks to go out on a high note and not overstay his welcome from him. love and thunder‘s trailers have teased Thor amid a mid-life crisis, wondering what to do with himself in the post-Avengers era. With the introduction of Natalie Portman’s Jane as the Mighty Thor, it remains to be seen if love and thunder sends his hero off into the sunset or gives him a path to more adventures on the big screen.
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Source: BBC 1 Radio/YouTube
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