Chris Hemsworth, or as I like to call him ‘Thor Thorrey Thor McThorerson’, has been mum in recent months when asked about AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, but he’s recently revealed a teeny, tiny bit of information about the upcoming sequel. While he hasn’t exactly unleashed a deluge of super interesting spoilers, he assures us that…
“Everything in [Age of Ultron] is ramped up though. It kind of blew me away reading [the script]. I don’t know how Joss [Whedon] does it, but everyone has gone up another notch and the whole thing is bigger and more exciting and crazier. Yeah, he’s a genius.”
There’s a heaping handful of shameless marketing in that statement, as all actors are trained to praise their upcoming projects (unless you’re Mickey Rourke and you never ever want to work in Hollywood again), but I trust Hemsworth on this subject.
After all, his blond braided Thor was so callously mistreated in Joss Whedon’s first Avengers, so he’d grant us a more honest appraisal than anyone else. But I suppose ‘mistreated’ is a strong word. Perhaps ‘bastardized’ is better? Kenneth Branagh adapted Thor as an invincible Space Viking in Marvel Studios’s 2011 origin flick, and instead of improving on that incredible beginning, Whedon decided to utilize Thor as Loki’s whipping boy foil. Convenient for The Avengers plot, sure, but not a great continuation of the character we’ve all grown to love.
Hey, at least Thor wasn’t Hawkeyed. Jeremy Renner’s got a real bone to pick after his much anticipated arrow slinging vigilante was transformed into a mindless henchmen.
I love Whedon. I really, truly, absolutely do! BUT… he can be a real jerk to my favorite characters. Especially when he deflates their importants to highlight one of his personal favorites, like Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow.