• Chris Hemsworth told Vanity Fair that he “wasn’t stoked” with his performance in “Thor: The Dark World.”
  • Hemsworth said he was “disappointed” and didn’t think he “grew the character in any way.”
  • The actor said that “Thor: Ragnarok” gave him the opportunity to “break the mold” and be different. 

Chris Hemsworth said that he wasn’t pleased with his performance in the critically panned movie “Thor: The Dark World.”

“I wasn’t stoked with what I’d done in ‘Thor 2,'” Hemsworth said while discussing his career in a new video for Vanity Fair. “I was a little disappointed in what I’d done. I didn’t think I grew the character in any way, I didn’t think I showed an audience something unexpected and different.”

Hemsworth made his debut as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the 2011 movie “Thor.” He reprised his role as the God of Thunder in “The Avengers” (2012) and “Thor 2” (2013).

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in "Thor: The Dark World."
Chris Hemsworth as Thor in “Thor: The Dark World.” Marvel Studios

The first “Thor” film received solid reviews, with a critic score of 77% and an audience score of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes. But the sequel didn’t fare as well with critics, who gave it a 66% rating.  

Critics praised Tom Hiddleston’s performance as the scheming Loki but found the movie to be dull and forgettable. Even Hemsworth himself told GQ that the film was “meh.”

The third standalone film, “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017), was credited with reinvigorating the franchise. Director Taika Waititi was applauded for his fresh take on the character, colorful aesthetic, comedic elements, and the bold choice to cut Thor’s signature long hair. 

The movie received a 93% critic score and 87% fan rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: Ragnarok.” Disney/Marvel

“When ‘Ragnarok’ came along, out of my own frustration of what I had done — and this is not on any other director or anyone, this was my own performance — I really wanted to break the mold,” Hemsworth told Vanity Fair.

“I said this to Taika and I think the conversation we had was, I said ‘I’m really bored of Thor.’ And he said, ‘Yeah I’m really bored of Thor, too,'” he continued. “And then we decided not to be bored and any time that feeling came into play, we’d go in a different direction.”

The actor, who will reunite with Waititi for “Thor 4: Love and Thunder,” said they were on the same page about making Thor “more unpredictable” and faced with new challenges while still having moments of humor. 

“I had a great relationship with Taika, and we had a great sense of humor and banter with us,” Hemsworth said. “And I thought, let’s make sure we cram that into this space.”