Chris Hemsworth was worried that he was being “written out” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The actor said he grew concerned when he realized Thor wasn’t in “Captain America: Civil War.”
“They said, ‘You’re doing your own thing,'” the actor recalled in a new behind-the-scenes Marvel book.
“I remember being on the ‘Age of Ultron’ press tour, and everyone was talking about Civil War,” Hemsworth said in a new behind-the-scenes book called “The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe” by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry.
The actor continued: “I was like, ‘What’s ‘Civil War?” I asked, ‘Are you doing a side-project or something?’ They’re like, ‘Oh no, Captain America, y’know? The next one is ‘Civil War.” I’m like, ‘Wait… Iron Man’s in that?’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, but there’s not just Iron Man. There’s Vision. There’s Spider-Man…'”
Hemsworth said that the news had him wondering, “What the hell am I doing?”
“They said, ‘You’re doing your own thing,'” the actor recalled. “I thought, ‘This is it. I’m being written out.'”
Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk) were both noticeably absent from the third “Captain America” movie.
The film directly followed the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and pitted Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) against each other due to their opposing opinions.
“Civil War” featured an ensemble cast of characters who sided with Team Iron Man and Team Cap, including MCU newcomer Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
An explanation for Thor’s “Civil War” absence came in the form of a short film written and directed by Taika Waititi, titled “Team Thor.”
The short mockumentary was first unveiled at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con and later released as a bonus feature of the home release of “Civil War.”
In the video, Thor revealed that he was on a break, living with an average Joe housemate named Darryl Jacobson (Daley Pearson) during “Civil War.” The God of Thunder was seen catching up with Bruce, who was also missing in action in “Civil War.”
“Team Thor” ended up providing a smooth transition between “Civil War” and Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” which hit theaters in 2017 and reunited Thor and Hulk. The two characters also returned to fight alongside the Avengers in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”
Hemsworth will reprise his role as Thor for a fourth standalone film called ‘Thor: Love and Thunder,” set for release on July 8, 2022.
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