Sporting a new haircut and no hammer, the God of Thunder's look in director Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok is a radical departure from the character's previous cinematic outings. Now, Chris Hemsworth has revealed that Clerks director Kevin Smith is part of the reason for those changes.
According to Vanity Fair, Hemsworth's idea to "cut his hair" and "destroy the hammer" came from listening to Smith bashing the Thor franchise on a podcast. "Hearing someone like Smith, who represents the fanboy world, was such a kick in the ass to change gears," Hemsworth said. "We sort of had nothing to lose. People didn't expect what we did with it this time around."
The article also details that Hemsworth was "frustrated and bored" after Thor: The Dark World and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The actor reportedly told Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, "I feel like I'm dying here. I feel like I have handcuffs on."
Feige, for his part, says he was fine with the character's appearance change. "When we started Hemsworth on Thor," he said, "he has blond hair; he has a hammer; he has a cape. These are the things that make Thor. He has now appeared as that character so many times [that] Chris Hemsworth is Thor. So we cut his hair, we got rid of his hammer, and it's still him."
In theaters nationwide, director Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Karl Urban as Skurge.