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Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder was a box office hit with $760 million worldwide, but many Marvel fans were turned off by writer-director Taika Waititi’s wry humor and the film’s unappealing visual effects. Thor actor himself, Chris Hemsworth, is aware of the negativity surrounding his fourth “Thor” movie, and he’s even admitted it New GQ profile that “Love and Thunder” was “too silly” for its own good.
“I think we had a lot of fun. It just got so silly,” Hemsworth said of the film. “It’s always hard to be at the center of it and have any real perspective… I love the process, it’s always a journey. But you just don’t know how people will respond.”
Hemsworth said his biggest critics are his son’s friends. “It’s a bunch of eight-year-olds critiquing my movie. We thought this one had a lot of humor, the action was great but the sound effects weren’t as good,” he said. “I cringe and laugh in equal measure.”
Hemsworth has starred in a total of eight Marvel movies, and just because Thor: Love and Thunder was “absolutely ridiculous” doesn’t mean he’s against doing more. The actor is not currently contracted for more Marvel movies. He really wants to do “some other stuff for a while,” but he’ll come back if it’s a creatively rich opportunity.
“I like to experiment,” Hemsworth said. “I love the fact that I was able to do something a little different throughout the process. ‘Thor 1’ and 2 were their own thing, ‘Thor 3’ and 4 had a completely different feel…then even ‘Avengers’, Lebowski Thor, and ‘Infinity War’ Thor, mostly because of two different directors and I think the need to do something different.”
Marvel has had a great track record lately. While Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was a box office hit and earned Angela Bassett an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania garnered some of the worst MCU reviews and grossed $476 million at the box office. This number is all the more alarming given that “Quantumania” marked the beginning of the next phase of the MCU and marked the introduction of a new Thanos-sized villain, Kang the Conqueror.
Hemsworth told GQ that “Wakanda Forever” was “really amazing”. He hasn’t seen “Quantumania,” but he’s seen enough of the marketing to wonder why Marvel turned the relatively small “Ant-Man” franchise into a massive space epic.
“Here’s the trick: You have to separate all those stories,” Hemsworth said. It’s like, “Yeah, like that [it] It was the last 24 movies. It should become a little more personal and grounded.”
Hemsworth also addressed criticism of Marvel made by major filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. Scorsese has attacked Marvel for its negative impact on the show, while Tarantino said last November that Marvel is incapable of generating movie stars.
Tarantino said on the show “2 Bears, 1 Cave” podcast. “But they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first person to say that. I think that’s been said a million times…but it’s like, you know, these characters with franchise that became a star.”
“It’s very disappointing when I hear that,” Hemsworth said of Tarantino and Scorsese. “There are two of my heroes that I wouldn’t work with. I guess they just aren’t my fans.”
On seeing the glass half full, Hemsworth added, “I’m grateful I was a part of something that kept people in the cinemas. Now, I don’t know if those movies are at the expense of others. I don’t like when we start checking each other out when there’s so much.” Of fragility at work and in this space of the arts as it is… I say it less to the directors who make these comments, all of whom, by the way, are still my heroes, and in a heartbeat I would leap to work with any of them. But I say it more to the broader opinion on the subject. I don’t think any of us have the answer, but we’re trying.”
Hemsworth next appears in “Extraction 2,” which airs June 16 on Netflix.
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