The Marvel Studios boss, Kevin Feige, has stated that the upcoming Avengers 4 is going to be the finale of the MCU that we have seen right from the time Iron-Man released in 2008. Now that most of the actors’ are at the end of their long-term contracts, fans must get ready for the day when Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth leave the franchise, and new actors take over.
Hemsworth has now confirmed that the day would be coming for his character after Avengers 4.
“Contractually, right now — yeah, this is it. I’m done. I won’t be playing the character again,” Hemsworth told USA Today during an interview for his movie 12 Strong. Hemsworth said that the apparent end is “a scary thought.” He said, “This really seemed like this never-ending thing. And now it’s potentially finishing.”
Hemsworth first appeared as the Asgardian God of Thunder in 2011’s film Thor, that was followed by his appearances in The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), a post-credits scene in Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War, earlier this year.
And also we can’t forget the two-part Team Thor mockumentary!
However, when the director Taika Waititi revived the Thor franchise with Ragnarok last year, Hemsworth said he discussed the prospects of another Thor movie with Feige. “I felt like we re-invented him,” he said. “There is a bigger platform now to continue if we want to.” Feige told him, “Look, we just have to concentrate on [Avengers] now.”
“So who knows?” Hemsworth added. “There are 76 cast members in these two Avengers films. They will be the biggest films of all time, far bigger than my character. It’s a conversation for further down the road, if it was going to happen.”
Leaving the MCU after the expiry of his Marvel contract is not something that Hemsworth can easily shrug off. Superhero movies are major obligations that usually come with contracts stretching over several films, and a lot of people have become fatigued during such terms.
“I had six films in my Marvel contract, so I could have said after the third Avengers I was done, but they wanted to make the third and fourth Avengers films as a two-parter,” Evans, who has been playing Captain America since the 2011 movie, The First Avenger, had remarked. “They said they had so many other characters to fit in — Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man – and couldn’t get them all into one movie … It made sense. It’s going to wrap everything up.”
As far as Brie Larson, who is now going to debut in MCU with Captain Marvel next year, taking a Marvel role required a lot of contemplation. “It took me a really long time. I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it,” she said.
Eventually, Larson took on the character because Captain Marvel “is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up.” She added, “I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women — I’ll do it.”