Considering his appearances in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, it would be fair to say that Thor has made one of the most impressive turn arounds among fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To go from what is commonly agreed to be one of the weaker films in the entire MCU (Thor: The Dark World) to a film that noticeably outperformed last year’s Justice League in the span of one film isn’t exactly something you’d expect to be an easy feat. Yet the creative decision to shift the God of Thunder from his initial Shakespearian-based characterization into being more of a comedic role for actor Chris Hemsworth paid off for both the character and Marvel Studios in dividends.
Which is why it might be a tad bit ironic that this shift partially originates back to one of the more controversial films in Hemsworth’s filmography: the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters.
In a recent interview with Esquire, Hemsworth explained that the 2016 film was his first time delving into the art of improvisational acting:
“That was some of the most fun I’ve ever had on set, and probably my real jumping-in point to improvisation. Prior to that, I’d always wanted to be very confident in the fact that I knew exactly what was on the page, and I had my options worked out and I knew where the scene was going to go. Playing it safe, to a degree. And we just threw all that out the window in that film, and it really opened up a whole other side to my sort of process, I think…
… It does [happen on the Marvel sets.] From Thor 3, definitely, it became hugely improvised. And I’m so glad I’ve been able to work with Paul prior to that. And I’ve done Saturday Night Live a couple of times; I have a movie called Vacation. So by the time I got to Thor 3, I was incredibly enthusiastic to do it. Taika Waititi, the director, had the same opinion. And we carried that into Avengers.”
Whatever your thoughts were on the Ghostbusters reboot, I think most audiences would probably agree that the decision to shift over into a more improvised style of comedic acting benefited both Hemsworth as an actor and Thor as a character for his two latest appearances in the MCU.
But enough of the masses as a whole- what did you think of Hemsworth’s performance as the God of Thunder? Would you have preferred for Marvel Studios to stick the original characterization of Thor from the first two phases of the MCU? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to share them with us in the comment section down below!