Marvel has published an interview with Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, from the set of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON last year. Thor’s involvement in the film has not been discussed (publicly) nearly as much as some of his fellow Avengers, but that’s not at all a reflection of his relevance in the plot. Hemsworth discussed how Thor, now residing on Earth, fits into this new story.

We pick up with Thor having stayed on Earth from ‘Thor: The Dark World.’ He’s part of the team. This is his home for the moment. The initial 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 it begins to tie in to all of our films. It’s hard to say too much without talking about what I can’t talk about.

It would be easy to fall into [a model of], ‘They’re all just there because we’re all contracted and [we] look cool if we’re standing in the same room.’ I kept saying to Joss, ‘Okay, what do I bring to the table, besides Thor being one of his foot soldiers and the muscle and the fight scenes? What is his knowledge he can bring to it? What information can I bring?’ So [Thor] calls upon some of his guardian knowledge and is able to go into another realm to pull out some information that’s hugely useful [and] certainly benefits where they are at that point.

Thor sees what his teammates do not, for The God of Thunder has seen truly impossible situations before.

I think he openly admits he doesn’t think we can win this one. The threat is so great that all of them are scratching their heads wondering if this it. It’s just an onslaught, and it doesn’t stop.  It’s a floodgate, and it could also set in motion is an even bigger threat. I think that’s what Thor’s stuck on, or where his attention certainly is. An even bigger picture of Thor being from Asgard where he can just say, ‘Hang on, there’s a whole universe here which is signaling something else.’

Unless Marvel’s entire Phase Three announcement was a lie, The Avengers are going to win their battle against Ultron. The concern is what exactly “winning” will look like and what it will cost. With Hemsworth talking about this “floodgate” setting in motion an “even bigger threat,” we could very well see a few dominoes fall in the direction of THOR: RAGNAROK and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.

For the rest of the interview, which really is a great read, head over to Marvel.