The son of Odin began as a Shakespearean hero of the MCU, as conceived by director Kenneth Branagh in his 2011 film. Two years later, his counterpart Alan Taylor took the reins of the sequel, which, sadly, to this day remains as a of the less fortunate deliveries of the franchise. But then it came Thor: Ragnarök in 2017, the third solo film of the God of Thunder played by Chris Hemsworth, which – many will argue – is the production that finally gave the character personality.
And at least, Hemsworth grants ragnarok have saved him from boredom.
In a recent conversation with Vanity Fair, Chris Hemsworth had the task of breaking down his film career and sharing some reflections on the most outstanding titles. Of course, his presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was inevitable, so the Australian chose to be honest and revealed that the franchise did not always seem like the equivalent of visiting an amusement park.
He said it, in particular, because of the bad taste in his mouth that Thor, a dark world; the 2013 film that elicited a bit of disappointment and no enthusiasm in him. “I didn’t think I had grown the character in any way. And I didn’t think he would show the audience something unexpected and different,” he told the outlet. Fortunately, then came the director and comedian Taika Waititiwho agreed with Hemsworth that it was time to take the God of Thunder down a different path.
“When it appeared ragnarok […] I really wanted to break the mold. And I told Taika. I think the conversation we had was me saying, ‘I’m really bored with Thor. And he said, ‘Yeah, I’m really bored with Thor too.’ So we decided not to get bored and every time that feeling came into play, we went in a different direction, “commented the actor.
The New Zealand filmmaker’s strategy was to rely on improvisation, which led to Thor and his allies—including the almighty Hulk—showing a quirky, uninhibited comedic side that also distanced itself from traditional MCU humor. On one occasion, Waititi claimed that 80% of the film was improvised, and that in the middle of filming, Mark Ruffalo questioned how it was that Marvel Studios had not fired them yet.
But the tactic worked. Thor: Ragnarök It earned a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $853 million at the global box office. But more importantly, it rescued Chris Hemsworth from his gloom and boredom, plus it gave the lovable Thor a much-needed reinvention.
“We ended up dismantling the character,” Chris Hemsworth told Vanity Fair. “We wanted it to be a little more unpredictable. We wanted him to be in a different set of circumstances than he had been before and also for the humor to come out.”
And I add:
“I had a great relationship with Taika and we had a great sense of humor. We were joking around with each other and I thought, ‘Let’s make sure we include that [en la película]’. And then the character [Taika Waititi] played by Korg was there. So it was a lot of… It was me and him improvising. Him and I in our truest version of ourselves.
Hemsworth and Waititi teamed up again for Thor: Love and Thunder, the upcoming fourth installment of the Nordic Avenger saga. Its premiere in Mexican theaters will take place on July 7. Come in here to know all the details of the production.
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