Thor: Ragnarok reinvigorated the Marvel Studios franchise that had fallen behind the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, and Guardians of the Galaxy. All of the sudden, the Thor franchise has a new lease on life just when it seemed like things should be slowing down. The only downside is that all of this happened just in time for star Chris Hemsworth’s contract to expire.
All is not lost, however, as the fun he had on the third film has made Hemsworth open to the idea of signing up for more Marvel fun. As he tells USA Today, he and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi kicked around ideas for a fourth film while ringing in the new year.
“We gave cheers to [Thor: Ragnarok]. But it also was like what could we do with four? We could do this and this. We were throwing ideas around. But also, just to work together again. That was one of the most enjoyable creative partnerships I’ve ever had.”
Brainstorming is a very positive sign, but Hemsworth cautions that this does not mean a fourth film is happening. There is still the matter of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 to sort out.
“It just depends on how The Avengers (movies) all wrap up. I finished shooting and now they are going to edit it and see how the stories play out. There are so many interwoven scenes and stories and characters.”
For starters, Thor needs to survive The Avengers’ confrontation with Thanos (Josh Brolin). I’m betting that he will since Marvel probably knew what they had in Thor: Ragnarok early on, but there are no guarantees that’s the case. Should The God of Thunder make it out alive, at least Hemsworth and Waititi have created a starting point for what’s next.
Here’s hoping they continued fleshing out ideas at the Golden Globes last weekend.