Kevin Feige, the boss man behind Marvel Studios, has described the untitled fourth Avengers movie as “a finale” to the cinematic universe we’ve come to know since the first Iron Man in 2008. With some of the actors’ longstanding contracts finally coming to an end, fans should prepare themselves for the day Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth will bow out of the franchise to make room for new talent.
As confirmed by Hemsworth, that day could be coming for Thor after Avengers 4.
“Contractually, right now — yeah, this is it. I’m done. I won’t be playing the character again,” the actor told USA Today in a new interview for his film 12 Strong. Hemsworth called the seeming end “a scary thought.” He said, “This really seemed like this never-ending thing. And now it’s potentially finishing.”
Hemsworth debuted as the Asgardian God of Thunder in 2011’s Thor, which he followed up with appearances in 2012’s The Avengers, 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, a post-credits scene in 2016’s Doctor Strange, and 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Plus, who could forget the two-part Team Thor mockumentary?
He’ll be seen again as the character in this summer’s Avengers: Infinity War and next year’s Avengers 4 — the latter of which finishes his current Marvel contract with its release on May 3, 2019.
But when director Taika Waititi helped reinvigorate the Thor story line with Ragnarok, Hemsworth said he talked about another Thor film with Feige. “I felt like we re-invented him,” the actor said. “There is a bigger platform now to continue if we want to.” Feige apparently told him, “Look, we just have to concentrate on [Avengers] now.”
“So who knows?” Hemsworth continued. “There are 76 cast members in these two Avengers films. They will be the biggest films of all time, far bigger than my character. It’s a conversation for further down the road, if it was going to happen.”
Hanging up the cape after his Marvel contract expires is also not something Hemsworth can so quickly dismiss. Superhero films are massive commitments that typically involve multi-film contracts, and many involved have expressed fatigue at some point during their stints.
“I had six films in my Marvel contract, so I could have said after the third Avengers I was done, but they wanted to make the third and fourth Avengers films as a two-parter,” Evans, who’s played Captain America since 2011’s The First Avenger, had said. “They said they had so many other characters to fit in — Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man – and couldn’t get them all into one movie … It made sense. It’s going to wrap everything up.”
As for someone like Brie Larson, who’s now just entering the MCU as Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Captain Marvel), signing on for a Marvel role took some deep thought. “It took me a really long time. I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it,” she said.
Ultimately, Larson took the job because Captain Marvel “is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up.” She added, “I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women — I’ll do it.”