Marvel Cinematic Universe profile: A look at Chris Hemsworth’s career

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Chris Hemsworth attends 19th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Chris Hemsworth attends 19th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) /

Chris Hemsworth is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s third leading man. He has starred as Thor in three solo features as well as all four Avenger blockbusters.

When Chris Hemsworth was handed Mjolnir and asked to don Thor’s cape, he had only established a small-screen presence in his native Australia. He was the least recognizable Marvel Cinematic Universe lead by far, yet the casting decision was one of the most auspicious moves in the franchise’s history. In the first Thor, his effortless vanity immediately separated him from other superhero performers. And Hemsworth’s role required him to be just as versatile as any in the MCU – he transitions from comical, to wrathful, and then to solemn and melancholic, all in his first movie as Thor. Despite his contagious smile, Hemsworth has a distinguished serious expression, which is also on display throughout Thor: The Dark World, as his mother is killed and Jane’s life is threatened.

Between playing Thor and appearing in several other quality films, Hemsworth quickly rose to international stardom in the 2010s. His entrance into Hollywood was in a brief, introductory scene in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. He handled George Kirk’s poignant sacrifice so effectively that he caught many producers and director’s eyes.

In the midst of his big-time avenging adventures, he lent his high-caliber abilities to his work with director Ron Howard. His range expanded furthest with Rush, where his Formula 1 racer, James Hunt, faces off against Daniel Bruhl’s Niki Lauda. The rivalry between the two is just as intense and complex as Thor and Loki in the MCU. And even if In the Heart of the Sea isn’t an essential cinematic maritime voyage, Chris Hemsworth kept the narrative afloat with a little help from Cillian Murphy and Tom Holland.

In The Avengers, the plot calls for Hemsworth’s God of Thunder to make a delayed entrance, which serves the character well by hyping up his importance as the most powerful Avenger. One of Hemsworth’s gifts is how he feeds off of other actors, and he and his cast members volley lines back and forth sensationally. His initial squabble with Robert Downey Jr.’s Stark is most entertaining, while another highlight of the film is the development of an amusing and friendly feud with Hulk. These superheroic relationships would advance in Avengers: Age of Ultron; as his character would progress, Hemsworth would gradually strip away his demi-god comportment, illustrating mutual respect for his teammates by seeing himself as their equal.

Other great ensemble acting for Hemsworth is in Drew Goddard’s two directorial efforts, Cabin in the Woods and Bad Times at the El Royale. Hemsworth plays a supporting character in both mystery thrillers. He is the headstrong tough guy of the group in Cabin in the Woods, where he makes an early exit. On the contrary, he arrives late to the El Royale party and dances circles around the excellent cast as an unhinged sadistic cult leader.

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The cherry on the top of Hemsworth’s wide range is how incredibly funny he can be. No movie showcases his comedic talents better than Thor: Ragnarok. It makes a world of difference when working with an intelligent and witty director like Taika Waititi. Hemsworth’s reactions to the Grandmaster’s atrociousness or the barber preparing to chop off his golden locks are perfect. Almost all of his interactions with Hulk, Doctor Strange, and Loki are hysterical, and his physical comedy is in top form. Even though Thor is his premier comedic character, Hemsworth is also particularly humorous in the Ghostbusters remake, where, among an entire cast of funny actresses, he earns the biggest laughs.

Following Ragnarok, Hemsworth continues to transform Thor’s arc, as he takes the hammerless king on an inspired hero’s journey in Avengers: Infinity War. He evokes an urgent determination while still delighting fans with his amusing exchanges with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Then, it is sometimes hard to believe how Hemsworth takes the character to yet another level in Avengers: Endgame. In the epic finale, he is painfully and furiously defeated; Thor is fueled with vengeance, while anguishing in grief to the point where he closes himself out from his remaining teammates that would remind him of what he has lost.

Hemsworth is remarkably moving when Thor reunites with his deceased mother in the past. With so many emotions on full display, Avengers: Endgame is arguably Chris Hemsworth’s best single movie performance. Hemsworth has also played predominantly dramatic parts in 12 Strong and Blackhat, but neither could stack up against his fierce fortitude in Infinity War or his somber gravitas in Endgame.

Chris Hemsworth’s Top 10 Movie Roles

1. Thor in the MCU
2. James Hunt in Rush
3. Billy Lee in Bad Times at the El Royale
4. Owen Chase in In the Heart of the Sea
5. Curt Vaughan in The Cabin in the Woods
6. Captain Mitch Nelson in 12 Strong
7. Huntsman in the Huntsman Series
8. Kevin Beckman in Ghostbusters
9. George Kirk in Star Trek
10. Nick Hathaway in Blackhat

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His other lead role in a genre series was as Huntsman in the fairy tale two-fer Snow White and the Huntsman and The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Hemsworth kept the dark, action-packed version of the classic children’s story stimulating enough with his charm and charisma. On the other hand, his Huntsman movies look like outdated cartoons compared to his MCU films. Taking that into account, along with his Star Trek life being cut short and his Men in Black: International completely failing, Hemsworth may want to steer clear of playing franchise protagonists that do not have a special and intimate relationship with a hammer.

Chris Hemsworth will aim to capture more lightning in a bottle as the God of Thunder in Thor: Love and Thunder, which is set to be released on November 5, 2021.