Disney’s agreement to purchase most of Fox last month continues to dominate entertainment news. Everyone wants to know how it’s all going to work, especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four franchises will eventually come to play.
The holidays are over and Hollywood is back at work, creating opportunities for the press to get official comments from the people potentially involved in the MCU 2.0 for the first time. At the press junket for his new film, 12 Strong, Chris Hemsworth (a.k.a. Marvel’s Thor) told CinemaBlend that he’s a fan of the merger and the possibilities it creates, but there is a bit of a catch.
“Oh, [it’s] awesome. And I hope they get to do it, because contractually a lot of us have now kind of done our run. But to interact… and I’ve said that a while ago about, ‘Imagine interacting with Wolverine or all the different characters from X-Men’… [Deadpool and Thor] would be pretty cool. The most exciting thing about Avengers was just being on set as Thor with the Guardians, or… I was as much a fan to see that kick off as anyone else.”
It is true that Marvel Studios will need to contend with expiring contracts for Hemsworth and other stars like Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. after Avengers 4. That is a problem, but nothing that a bunch of money can’t fix, as long as everyone is excited to participate in the MCU’s new era. Hemsworth told IGN that he’s open to more adventures as Thor at the same junket.
The bigger problem is which characters will survive Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, as Marvel Studios plotted out those stories (and filmed most of them) before the merger. I don’t see Marvel making any last minute changes at the risk of disrupting a story that needs to be the ultimate culmination of 22 movies released over the span of 11 years.
I’ve got Thor pegged as a survivor of the next two Avengers films. All the reimagining and soft rebooting in Thor: Ragnarok has given The God of Thunder fresh legs for his solo franchise. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Thor, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg (director Taika Waititi) going on incredible cosmic adventures.
Numbers will need to be crunched, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Hemsworth certainly seems willing and based on Deadpool star Ryan Reynold’s Ragnarok review, the feeling is mutual. Besides, who doesn’t want more friends from work?