Chris Hemsworth Promises Bigger Risks, More Laughs in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
Thor’s shorn locks aren’t the only things that’s different in the latest Marvel film, “Thor: Ragnarok,” where Marvel fans get to see Chris Hemsworth let his hair down – so to speak – and portray the God of Thunder with a hefty dose of physical humor and well-timed wisecracks.
At the premiere of the latest Marvel film Tuesday night, Hemsworth, director Taika Waititi, and other cast members drove home the point that the film would be different from previous Thor films.
There’s “a much, much greater sense of humor in this film, a sense of adventure,” Hemsworth said from the red carpet at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. “We took bigger risks than we took before. Any time it felt familiar, we just went in a different direction. And that’s when you get something unpredictable and unique.”
Early reactions to the third Thor movie have been overwhelmingly positive, with Ragnarok finding Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) trying to make their way back to Asgard after Cate Blanchett’s Hela, the Goddess of Death, invades and takes the crown for her own.
Helmed by Waititi, “Thor: Ragnarok” is the first major Hollywood film for the New Zealand director. Dressed in a sharply-tailored, plum suit on the red carpet, Waititi said the film’s light-hearted tone should bring some levity.
“Taika has such a quirky, left-of-field sense of humor, which forced all the characters and the tone of the whole story to head in a new direction,” Hemsworth told EW earlier this year. “Each day we were like, ‘Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?’”
“What I’d really love is for people to leave the cinema feeling happy with a smile on their faces,” Waititi said. “This film is fun. I want people to be reminded that movies can be fun. We do take ourselves too seriously a lot of the time. What’s nice is to be able to go and laugh and forget the outside world for a little bit.”
Hemsworth said the film allowed the MCU to expand into other worlds, much like the source material.