Mere months after the release of Thor: Ragnarok, Chris Hemsworth is done with Thor—on paper, at least. He’s finished filming Avengers: Infinity War as well as Avengers 4 and those two films mark the end of his contract.
“Contractually, right now, yeah, this is it,” Hemsworth told USA Today. “I’m done. I won’t be playing the character again. It’s sort of a scary thought. This really seemed like this never-ending thing. And now it’s potentially finishing.”
In the past two years, Hemsworth went from filming Thor: Ragnarok, to filming his new movie 12 Strong, and then shooting back-to-back Avengers movies, which took up the bulk of 2017. Those films mark the sixth and seventh films in which we’ll see his portrayal of the thunder god on-screen. The films aren’t fully completed, so it’s possible he’ll need to pick up Mjolnir for additional filming and ADR, and of course, he’ll be doing promotion both this coming May and May 2019, too. Plus, the actor makes it seem like he’s already putting it in the ear of Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige that he wants to come back.
“[Feige] said, ‘Look, we just have to concentrate on [Avengers] now,’” Hemsworth said. “So who knows? There are 76 cast members in these two Avengers films. They will be the biggest films of all time, far bigger than my character. It’s a conversation for further down the road, if it was going to happen.”
The actor also admitted he and Ragnarok director Taika Waititi were recently tossing around Thor 4 ideas at a party, suggesting now would not be the time to stop the story.
“I felt like we re-invented him,” Hemsworth said. “There is a bigger platform now to continue if we want to.”
With first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming to a close, it seems likely some characters won’t be coming back for phase four. Sounds like Thor’s odds of survival have just gone up.