Chris Hemsworth Regrets Thor: Love and Thunder, Hates Capes

The actor who played the god of thunder eight times in the MCU says he became a parody of himself.

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  • Chris Hemsworth regrets playing a goofy version of Thor and feels he became a parody of himself
  • He dislikes capes and found it refreshing to play a different type of character in Furiosa
  • Hemsworth is open to playing Thor again, but wants a new and unique approach to the character

While promoting the upcoming release of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, Chris Hemsworth opens up about playing Marvel’s Thor and has some regrets and says he’s glad to not be playing a superhero and hates capes.

Similar to previous comments, Hemsworth says he regrets playing a goofy Thor.

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“I became a parody of myself”

“I got caught up in the improv and the wackiness, and I became a parody of myself,” he told Vanity Fair in an interview. “I didn’t stick the landing.”

Hemsworth’s Thor started out as the badass god of thunder but transformed into the god of goofiness; however, the actor reveals he was also doubting and questioning Marvel’s original approach to the character seen in the three Thor films and The Avengers movies.

“Sometimes I felt like a security guard for the team,” Hemsworth admitted. “I would read everyone else’s lines, and go, Oh, they got way cooler stuff. They’re having more fun.”

He continued, “What’s my character doing? It was always about, ‘You’ve got the wig on. You’ve got the muscles. You’ve got the costume. Where’s the lighting?’ ” he added. “Yeah, I’m part of this big thing, but I’m probably pretty replaceable.”

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Hates capes

In a separate interview with, he said, “Yeah, it was a real departure, and it was nice… I was about to say it was nice not to wear a cape, but…I did have a cape in this film. And it’s red — or it becomes red eventually, as well. The absurdity of that.”

Hemsworth added, “I found a wonderful departure to it. To play the villain, transform, and inhabit a completely different physicality was a lot of fun. I loved it. And it was the real attraction.” 

He also said he liked “to dirty it up and to be messy and ugly and violent and chaotic, rather than being in the somewhat predictable box of the hero in a superhero space”” as reasons he wanted to do the film, which serves as an origin story for Fury Road character Furiosa. Hemsworth adds, “” and added, “There’s a whole lot of rules that you have to stick to [with superhero films]. With this, I could throw that out the window, which was nice.”

The article points out he was sitting next to Furiousa co-star Anya Taylor-Joy who asked him after all these years does he hate capes?

Hemsworth replied instantly, “Hate ‘em. So impractical…  On Thor, there was [one cape] that was a foot or so shorter than the normal cape, for fighting, because you were tripping over it all the time. So impractical.”

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Robert Downey Jr. defends Chris Hemsworth’s Thor

Vanity Fair contacted fellow Marvel star Robert Downey Jr. for his thoughts on Chris Hemsworth playing Thor who wouldn’t hear of such talk.

“First off, Thor as a character was super tricky to adapt—lots of implied limitations—but he and Ken Branagh figured out how to transcend, make him somehow relatable but godlike,” Downey told the site. “Hemsworth is, in my opinion, the most complex psyche out of all us Avengers. He’s got wit and gravitas, but also such restraint, fire, and gentleness.”

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Wants a new direction

Following the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, Hemsworth seemed to hint he’s done with director Taika Waititi and said if he ever does the role again, it would have to be a new approach (not goofy and silly).

“I’m just at the point of my life where I’m meeting with different directors and [people say] “Oh yeah, look, he’s a mad genius. He’s mad, but he’s a genius and he’ll make great films.” I’m like, “Is that who I want to spend my days with?” Four months, five months of shooting, and then you’ve got press and possible reshoots and so on,” said Hemsworth.

He added about playing Thor again: “Look, I’m completely open to it, if there is something unique and fresh and unexpected to do with the character and the world. I’ve always loved the experience. I’ve been very thankful I’ve been able to do something different each time.”

Thor 5 is rumored to be happening with Hemsworth and a new director; recently saw Waititi admit he only did Love and Thunder for the money.

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