Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” was a box office hit with $760 million worldwide, but many Marvel fans were turned off by writer-director Taika Waititi’s silly humor and the film’s lackluster visuals. Thor actor Chris Hemsworth himself is aware of the negativity surrounding the fourth “Thor” movie and even admitted in a new GQ magazine profile that “Love and Thunder” was “too stupid” for its own good.
“I think we had a lot of fun. It just got really silly,” Hemsworth said of the film. “It’s always hard to be in the middle of it and have any real perspective… I love the process, it’s always a journey. But you never know how people will react.
Hemsworth says his biggest critics are his son’s friends. “It’s a bunch of eight-year-olds criticizing my film. ‘We thought this one had a lot of fun, the action was great but the VFX weren’t great’,” he said. “I laugh at it equally.
Hemsworth has starred in a total of eight Marvel movies, and just because “Thor: Love and Thunder” was “so stupid” doesn’t mean he’s against doing more. The actor is currently not under contract for any more Marvel films. He really “wants to do something else for a while,” but he’ll be back if it’s a creatively rich opportunity.
“I loved the experience,” Hemsworth said. “I like being able to do something different throughout the process. ‘Thor 1’ and 2 were their own thing, ‘Thor 3’ and 4 were very different emotions… and then ‘Avengers’ Lebowski Thor, ‘Infinity War’ Thor, because of different directors and I think mostly mine. I have to do something different.
Marvel has had quite the track record of late. While “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was a box office hit and earned Angela Bassett an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” received some bad reviews for the MCU and opened to $476 at the box office. million. This number is particularly alarming considering that “Quantumania” marks the start of the next chapter for the MCU and introduces the new Thanos-sized villain Kang, the Conqueror.
“Wakanda Forever” is “really good,” Hemsworth told GK. He hasn’t seen “Quantumania,” but he’s seen enough of the marketing to wonder why Marvel turned the relatively small “Ant-Man” franchise into a massive space blockbuster.
“That’s the trick: you have to separate all those stories,” Hemsworth says. Like, ‘Yeah, so [it] It was the last 24 films. It has to be a little more personal and grounded.”
Hemsworth addressed Marvel’s criticism of high-profile filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. Scorsese has clashed with Marvel over the negative impact of the show, while Tarantino said last November that Marvel could no longer produce movie stars.
“Part of the Marvelization of Hollywood … you have all these actors playing these characters,” Tarantino said on the “2 Bears, 1 Cave” podcast. But not movie stars. right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first person to say this. I think that’s been said a zillion times… but you know, these are the characters of the franchise that become the stars.
“It’s very disappointing to hear that,” Hemsworth said of Tarantino and Scorsese. “There are two heroes of mine that I don’t work with. I guess they’re not my fans.”
Seeing the glass as half full, Hemsworth added, “I’m grateful to be a part of something that keeps people in the cinema. Now, whether those movies hurt other movies or not, I don’t know. I don’t like it when there’s weakness in the business or in this art form when we start checking each other out…By the way, I say not so much to the directors who made those comments. Still my heroes, and I would jump to work with any of them in a heartbeat. But I would say more about the wider opinion surrounding this topic. I don’t think any of us have the answer, but we’re trying.”
Hemsworth will next be seen in “Extraction 2,” released June 16 on Netflix.
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