After appearing as Thor in eight films, including that cameo in Doctor Strange, Chris Hemsworth's deal with Marvel Studios comes to an end in 2019 with Avengers 4. But while the actor confirms that will conclude his contractual obligation, he leaves open the possibility of returning as the god of thunder.
"Contractually, right now — yeah, this is it. I’m done. I won’t be playing the character again," he told USA Today, which certainly sounds definitive, at least until Hemsworth began to waver. "It’s sort of a scary thought. This really seemed like this never-ending thing. And now it’s potentially finishing."
Note Hemsworth's use of "potentially finishing," because in the same interview the actor revealed he's already approached Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige about a potential fourth Thor film, owing to his experience on Thor: Ragnarok. As the actor previously mentioned, he spent New Year's Eve with director Taika Waititi, during which they toasted that film but also floated ideas for where the franchise could go next.
"I felt like we re-invented him," Hemsworth said of Thor. "There is a bigger platform now to continue if we want to."
He recalled that when he approached Feige, he was told, "'Look, we just have to concentrate on [Avengers] now.' 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."
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 28. The film stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, and Josh Brolin.