Thor: Love and Thunder has faced quite an interesting reception since its release, as some were quite frustrated with it embracing the most comedic aspects of all entries. Yet, it seems that Chris Hemsworth is ready to embrace a new direction for the franchise. After Taika Waititi‘s work on the last two entries with a more comedic focus, it seems that the Thor actor is ready to tackle the character in a new way, as he likes “keeping people on their toes.”
You look at Thor 1 and 2, they were quite similar. Ragnarok and Love and Thunder are similar. I think it’s about reinventing it. I’ve had such a unique opportunity with Infinity War and Endgame to do very drastic things with the character. I enjoy that, I like keeping people on their toes. It keeps me on my toes.Chris Hemsworth
He also highlights that it’s his way to get himself invested in the project. While his statement “just for my own sanity” may get misinterpreted online, it definitely seems like he’s looking for the hook that inspires him to continue the character. It’s not too dissimilar from what we saw him share before Waititi joined Thor: Ragnarok.
It keeps me invested. I’ve said this before but when it becomes too familiar, I think there’s a risk in getting lazy then because I know what I’m doing. I don’t know if I’m even invited back. But if I was, I think I would have to be a drastically different version in tone, and everything, just for my own Sanity.Chris Hemsworth
It’ll be interesting to see if we get a fifth entry in the franchise and what it might mean for Hemsworth moving forward. There are some darker stories that are definitely worth adapting, which might offer that fresh paint he’s looking for.
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