Thor enters the dark world
Mighty Avenger grows up as he steps into new role and proves he understands his responsibilities
AUSTRALIAN actor Chris Hemsworth reprises the role of Thor for the third time in Thor: The Dark World. In this latest adventure, Hemsworth is back in all his glory, looking every bit like the Mighty Avenger that audiences have come to idolise. Hemsworth says of his return: “I love playing the character. The trick is to find new ways to make the character have some sort of advance or growth from the last film. Each time we get to break him down and find his human qualities and his vulnerable side, it’s interesting because he has such a tough exterior and an unbreakable feel.”
In Thor: The Dark World, Thor’s character arc continues, exploring the fractured relationship between Loki and Thor, and Thor’s relationship with Jane.
But Hemsworth says: “The bigger picture is that potentially Thor is stepping into the role of king, and he needs to prove that he deserves to be there, and also understand and come to terms with the responsibilities that becoming king carries. He figures out that it doesn’t necessarily come with all the privileges – there are a lot of sacrifices. It’s that next step in his evolution to become king.
“There was less hatred involved. We get to a place in this one where there’s more of that this time around again. Thor gets to ask Loki what this is all about and how they got to this point in their relationship.
“Thor is able to confront Loki and say: ‘It’s about time that you recognise your role in this. You know, it wasn’t all everyone else’s fault’. In The Avengers it was us yelling at each other and butting heads, and that happens a bit in this, too. But for the most part it’s a far more interesting dynamic.”
Hemsworth has nothing but praise for fellow cast member Tom Hiddleston, who plays the scheming Loki. “Tom brings so much to the part – people love that character. He brought such empathy to Loki that audiences were conflicted. He’s the villain but we kind of love him. Any time you can do that, it makes it so much more interesting. Some of my favourite scenes are with Tom in every film we’ve done.”
The relationship between Thor and Jane Foster also gets put to the test when the two reunite.
Hemsworth explains the tension between the two: “Jane’s been wondering where the hell he is and where the hell he’s been, and why he hasn’t contacted her since he left. She comes to understand that he’s been saving the universe, so that’s not a bad excuse. But the two of them have to figure out whether or not this is a realistic relationship.”
This film is the first time Hemsworth has worked with director Alan Taylor. He describes Taylor’s approach to the material: “Alan’s fantastic. He’s got a great sense of story and a need to find the truth in this and not have it be hokey and ridiculous. Very much like the Game of Thrones series, which was where Alan had just come from, there was grounding in reality no matter how mythical the world got. Asgard does look like a place you could visit. There’s a sort of medieval feel, but there’s also a science-fiction quality to it.”
Despite its serious overtones and fierce action, Thor: The Dark World doesn’t lack for comedic moments. Hemsworth says: “The humour doesn’t lay so much in Thor’s kind of naiveté as it did in the first one when that fish-out-of-water quality played so well. As much as we wanted to repeat that we couldn’t because it would contradict the fact that he was now becoming more mature and aware. But Kat Dennings and Natalie Portman certainly have a ton of humour in this and some great dialogue. It’s through their observations of how wacky our world of Asgard is. So, it’s sort of what we had in the first one, but a bit of a role reversal.”
● Thor: The Dark World is out now.
HAPPY MOMENT: Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in