Chris Hemsworth Wants ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to Be a Funnier Movie
Despite having a strong presence in both of the Avengers movies, Thor’s standalone films have definitely been the most disappointing of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This fact is not lost on Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, who admits it’s time to do “something different” in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok and that something different is comedy.
Considering “Ragnarok” is the end of the world in Norse mythology, this seems like an odd time to have a few laughs, but Hemsworth thinks they should follow the template laid out by Guardians of the Galaxy:
I think [Thor: Ragnarok] needs to be injected with that sort of smart wit and unexpected kind of humor, kind of what James Gunn came in and did with Guardians [Of The Galaxy]. It was like off center and unpredictable, and I think we can definitely use a dose of that, you know?
OK, that’s fair, despite the knee-jerk reaction for everything to try and be like Guardians of the Galaxy, just because it was successful. Thor: Ragnarok definitely needs to be a little “unpredictable” considering how predictable both of the previous films were.
Hemsworth elaborates a bit on what he’s talking about:
I feel we had less of the sort of the naivety or fun or humor [in Thor: The Dark World] that the first [Thor] might have had. I wish we had more of that in [The Dark World] … We’ve done regal. We’ve done Shakespeare, and we’ve shown that. I think now it’s time to go, ‘Ok, cool. Let’s try something different,’ and [director] Taika [Waititi] just had such a brilliant sort of take and funny kind of ideas about where we could [go], how we could do that.
What’s weird is that prior to Guardians of the Galaxy, both of the Thor movies were definitely the goofiest of the Marvel films. I mean, the dialogue in this scene is almost all comedy (or at least trying to be comedy).
It’s nice to hear though that they more sparked to this take on Thor: Ragnarok from Waititi, who directed the hilarious What We Do in the Shadows, than just a studio-mandated desire to be more like Guardians. And, with roles in both Vacation and Ghostbusters, Hemsworth has proven he likes to show his lighter side more often.
As it stands now, Thor: Ragnarok is shaping up to be more of a Thor/Hulk buddy comedy than a movie about the fall of Asgard, but the Thor franchise clearly needed to shake things up, and perhaps this is a step in the right direction.
Thor: Ragnarok is set to open in theaters on July 28, 2017.