Captain America and Iron Man. Two thirds of a trinity that define the Avengers. But the third member of that founding trio is undoubtedly the mighty Thor, prince of Asgard and regularly duped into tackling mirages conjured by adopted brother.
The Avengers was the kind of film that had a different Asgardian taking the stage to set events in motion. Namely Loki, as he attempted to invade the planet with an army of Chitauri. With Loki as the prime villain, the stakes became personal for Thor, who felt that he was responsible for the devastation been wrought on Midgard by his brother. But in Age Of Ultron, he’ll be tackling a threat that is targeting the entire team, making it all personal once again as actor Chris Hemsworth explained to Collider:
We pick up with Thor having stayed on Earth from Thor 2, so he’s here, he’s part of the team. This is his home for the moment. The initial kind of threat, the attack from Ultron, is personal because it’s at all the Avengers, and Thor then begins to see a bigger sort of picture here about what this threat could be potentially, and begins to kind of tie-in all of our films. It’s hard to say too much without talking about what I can’t talk about but as I said, it’s a personal loss from the get-go because it’s at him, but I guess he sees a bigger picture.
One thing that was missing in the previous flick starring the Thunder God, Thor: The Dark World? Perhaps a sense of levity, as Thor was a more sombre and humbled Asgardian, perhaps too much. In Age Of Ultron however, he looks to have some of that confident spark back, as his time on Earth has made him a more accessible deity:
He’s loosened up a bit. I think we lost some of the humor and the naïveté, that sort of fish out of water quality of Thor from the first film into the second one. There were things I loved about what we did in the second one too, tonally, but that sense of fun… I would have liked it to be there a bit more, and Joss I think felt the same way. So there’s more humor in Thor or at least because he’s been on Earth, he’s a little more accessible now. He’s off Asgard now so he doesn’t have to be as regal and kingly as he is in that world, which is nice. I enjoy that more.
It’s sort of a box, which is tough to step out of on Asgard. You know, that stuff just looks out of place whereas here, he can have a gag with the guys and he can throw away lines and be a party scene with them in civilian clothes, which is nice.
I walked on set and we had a scene that was sort of the Avengers, it’s a party scene and I was in a nice coat and jeans and the guys just kept joking about when did Thor go shopping? Did he buy this online or did Jane do it, or did he actually go shopping? You don’t see him go shopping but the question’s raised, because he’s not dressed in his Asgardian attire. Yeah, I think he’s more human in the film, definitely.
One of the better parts of the first Avengers film, was seeing Thor interact with the Hulk, as the two were constantly battling one another. While Thor and Hulk will now be better acquainted with one another to the point where they don’t have to punch each other through a train station, we’ll see Thor team up with a certain shellhead in this flick when it comes to battle scenes:
We’re not as conflicted as we were before, I think. He tags off with someone else though. I think we sort of changed up there, and he has a pretty solid battle with… am I allowed to say? Yeah, with Iron Man in this one, which is cool. It’s a lengthy fight scene of destruction.
Last Updated: March 2, 2015