Speaking to Deadline at the Hollywood premiere of new film Thor: Love and Thunder, Hemsworth said that he would be reprising the role “until someone says get off the stage. I love it.”
This is perhaps due to the massive critical and commercial success of Thor: Ragnarok, which marked Waititi’s first directing role for the Marvel juggernaut and saw Thor face off against long-lost half-sister Hela (played by Cate Blanchett).
However, Hemsworth had a different explanation for Thor’s longevity: fans love the character.
“There’s an adolescent quality to him, a sense of adventure. And a sort of fun immaturity,” he said, adding that the same qualities could be found in Waititi.
“[Working with him brings] something different each time, something fresh. And he’s a dear friend. He has the same sort of immature quality I was talking about. In the best way possible.”
Hemsworth’s co-star Natalie Portman also had plenty to say about her love for Waititi – especially being reimagined as a 6ft, muscular Jane Foster (Portman herself is 5ft3 in real life). Taika imagined this change in Jane and it was a really great proposition that he had to join his wild ride,” she said.
“It was amazing to get to be challenged with that because I don’t think there’s many people who would cast a 5ft 3 woman as a 6ft character, so it was great to be able to get to imagine how someone who’s that big walks through the world, certainly not the same as me, always looking up at people, who always feels like a kid in every situation.”
Waititi recently told Empire that the newest Thor film would be taking a different direction to previous instalments in the franchise by dissecting the idea of love.
“I wanted to embrace this thing that I was always a bit dismissive of, and explore this idea of love, and show characters who do believe in love,” he told Empire.
“On paper, it feels kinds of cringy to me, but there’s a way of doing it with cool characters making a cool movie.”
Roll on the love and the thunder.