Across Marvel's first two Thor movies and his involvement with the Avengers, fans became used to seeing Chris Hemsworth with long hair and the use of both his eyes. However, in last year's Thor: Ragnarok, the god of thunder underwent a trim, courtesy of a Stan Lee cameo, and lost an eye to Cate Blanchett's villainous Hela, and heads into Avengers: Infinity War a battered version of his former self. But Hemsworth doesn't merely slap on an eye patch and step in front of cameras; Thor's new look in the ensemble film requires a little bit of CGI magic.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, the actor revealed that approach to the eye patch is more for convenience than anything else:
"It was ... yeah, I remembered being ... with the eye patch, the story unrolling, 'Yeah, cool, this is interesting.' And then the day that we put the eye patch on I was like, 'This is ridiculous.' The thing kept falling off, and we didn't have the thing [gestures an eye patch strap]. So it became a CG eye patch, which I was stoked about ... But I'm happy with that trade [for the wig]. It has its downsides. But the upside is that it's an hour less in hair and makeup without the wig on."
If you remember, there was some confusion surrounding Thor's eye, with the final scene of the Infinity War trailer showing him with a patch. However, the footage screened over the summer at Disney's D23 Expo and Comic-Con International depicted Hemsworth with both eyes clearly intact. Adding to the mystery, various promos and merchandise also show the hammer-throwing hero coping perfectly well with two eyes.
Marvel Studios may have simply wanted to keep secret the injury Thor sustained in Ragnarok, but it's possible the patch wasn't added until later in post-production.
The addition of CGI on the faces of comic book movie actors has become something of a sticking point of late, following Henry Cavill's controversial mustache removal from Justice League. Infinity War's eye patch is reportedly just four dots on Hemsworth's face, so we will have to wait and see how good it looks, or whether Marvel will repeat the mistakes of Justice League.
Avengers: Infinity War will arrive in theaters on May 28. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as the Falcon, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Vin Diesel as Groot, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Josh Brolin as Thanos.