After a decade overseeing dozens of characters and a multitude of storylines extending into hidden countries and distant galaxies, you'd think Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige would be beyond second-guessing his choices. But even the mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe has at least one regret about his creative decisions. Given the chance to go back and change a detail of an early MCU film, Feige's one choice is remarkably cosmetic: He wouldn't have made Chris Hemsworth die his eyebrows blond for 2011's Thor.
"Because we were like, Thor is blond! He has to be blond!" Feige told Uproxx. "And Hemsworth was great and awesome and pulled it off, but there are a couple of shots I watch, and I’m like, oh. my God, that poor guy, we made him freaking dye his eyebrows! That’s ridiculous! And I can laugh about it now because Hemsworth is Thor and he doesn’t need long hair, or a cape, or a hammer, or two eyeballs to be Thor."
It's understandable that early on in the MCU, Feige would have been especially concerned about the films adhering to the source material. He was, after all, trying to sell audiences on-screen versions of characters that have been around for decades. Thor debuted in 1962 in Journey Into Mystery #83. That makes 49 years of Thor before the first film premiered in 2011.
Feige's regret is understandable, though he couldn't have predicted how the MCU heroes would come to be embodied in new but respectful ways by the actors who portray them. And really, it's the nature of filmmaking to wonder what could have been had certain creative choices been made differently.
"It’s very hard. You finish a movie, and it’s done and you watch it and it takes years to be able to look back at it and go, oh, we weren’t just forced to stop and put it in theaters. This actually turned out pretty well," he reflected. "And that’s actually fun to revisit and see the movies grow and change, even in your own perception. I think that’s the great thing about film. But I’ll look back at any of the movies and see where we came to a fork in the road – in development, or editorial, or visual effects – and made a choice to go one way. And, seemingly, to the world it works. But we know there are three other versions that, boy, if we had gotten that to work maybe it would be even better. But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter because all that matters is the way it finishes.”
Thor — sans blond eyebrows — will next be seen in Avengers: Infinity War in theaters Thursday.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.