We already knew Ultron was going to be one heck of a challenge for the Avengers, but it sounds like the robotic baddie causes so much trouble that Thor himself begins to doubt they can actually win.
Chris Hemsworth participated in a wide-ranging interview with /Film to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron, talking about where we find Thor in this film and how he has changed in the years since we first met him back in 2011. Turns out Thor has actually made himself a permanent fixture of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the wake of Thor: The Dark World — which is why he takes Ultron’s attack on his surrogate home so personally.
But one of the most interesting things Hemsworth noted was how dire the circumstances become, where it actually reaches a point that the Avengers’ resident god begins to think this is a fight they just can’t win. He also teases an “even bigger” threat that could be connected to all these shenanigans (Thanos, perhaps?). Check out some choice excerpts below and let us know what you think:
“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 directed at all the Avengers. Thor then begins to see a bigger 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…
I think [Thor] openly admits, ‘I don’t think we’re going to win this one.’ The threat is so great that I think all of them are sort of scratching their heads going, ‘Is this it?’ rather than, ‘Okay, we have to kill this many things.’ It’s just an onslaught and it doesn’t stop. It’s sort of an open sort of floodgate and what it could also set in motion is an even bigger threat. I think that’s what’s Thor’s kind of stuck on or where his is attention certainly is, an even bigger picture of Thor being from Asgard. He can just say, ‘Hang on, there’s a whole universe here which is signaling something else.’”
As far as some character-centric stuff, Hemsworth said Thor is finally becoming a more human and humorous guy now that he’s living full-time on Earth. It sounds like Hemsworth is happy to see this evolution in the character, and we can’t wait to see how Whedon writes him now that he can go well beyond the confused alien-thing when it comes to dialogue:
“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 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.”
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1.