Thor 5 Can Ensure Chris Hemsworth Keeps His Impressive MCU Record Despite Love & Thunder’s Divisive Release

Chris Hemworth's Thor with lightning and looking nervous in Thor: Ragnarok

Thor 5 would give Chris Hemsworth the chance to keep — and extend — his impressive Marvel Cinematic Universe record despite Thor: Love and Thunder having disappointed audiences. Hemsworth is one of the few remaining actors from the MCU’s original Avengers team, with Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk being the other two. Throughout Thor’s MCU timeline, the God of Thunder has gone through quite a few changes. Hemsworth’s performance as Thor has varied from both movies in his franchise and the character’s appearances in the Avengers films.

Hemsworth’s Thor movies have had a major shift in tone over the years. After the bleak Thor: The Dark World proved itself a failure, Marvel decided to reinvent the character. Enter director Taika Waititi, who revitalized Thor with a much-needed dose of energy. Thor: Ragnarok added a new comedic flair to the God of Thunder, perfectly balancing levity and hard-hitting emotion. That new Thor became a fan-favorite in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. However, Thor: Love and Thunder went overboard on the humor and put Hemsworth’s MCU record in jeopardy.

Chris Hemsworth Feels He Owes Fans A Thor 5

The Actor Has Not Forgiven Himself For Thor: Love And Thunder

Thor holding Stormbreaker in New Asgard in Thor Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder had all the elements it needed to become a major success. Waititi and Hemsworth were back together after reinventing the character in Thor: Ragnarok, Natalie Portman returned after years of absence for a superhero glow-up as Jane Foster, and Christian Bale joined the MCU as the terrifying villain Gorr the God Butcher. However, Thor: Love and Thunder ended up being one of the MCU’s most divisive movies, with a huge conflict of tones that led to comedic moments undercutting the film’s emotional and darker storylines.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Hemsworth admitted that he has regrets over his role in Thor: Love and Thunder. The actor is aware of the movie’s tonal issues, saying, I got caught up in the improv and the wackiness, and I became a parody of myself. I didn’t stick the landing.” Because of that, Vanity Fair reveals that Hemsworth “thinks he owes the audience another Thor after what felt like a whiff with Thor: Love and Thunder.” If the actor returned for Thor 5, Hemsworth would keep his impressive MCU record.

Thor Would Become The First MCU Hero To Have 5 Solo Movies

Thor Is One Of The MCU’s Longest-Running Characters

Chris Hemsworth as Thor leaning over and smiling in Thor: Ragnarok

Hemworth’s Thor 5 would allow the actor to continue the character’s streak as the MCU hero to have the most solo movies. After Thor: Love and ThunderThor stands as the MCU character with the most solo films at four. However, two other heroes could catch up to Hemsworth’s hero in 2025. Technically, Captain America: Brave New World could count as a tie to Hemsworth’s Thor, as it will be the MCU’s fourth Captain America movie. However, as it stars Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson instead of Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers, the situation is a bit murky.

However, there is another movie that will for sure tie Hemsworth’s record. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man 4 is in active development, with plenty of exciting rumors about what the movie could entail, and there is a chance the wall-crawler could swing by next year. Spider-Man will tie Thor with four MCU solo movies. However, Hemsworth’s desire to make up for Thor: Love and Thunder can help him extend his MCU record, with Thor 5 maintaining the God of Thunder a step above Spider-Man — and technically Captain America — in the MCU.

Why Thor 5 Should Happen Despite Love & Thunder’s Problems

Chris Hemsworth Deserves To Redeem Himself

Chris Hemsworth's Thor in 2022's Thor Love and Thunder

Hemsworth’s Thor is the only member of the Avengers’ big three in the MCU — the others being Captain America and Iron Man — left in the franchise. As such, the actor deserves the chance to make up for Thor: Love and Thunder‘s disappointment. Thor still has some story left to tell in the MCU in Thor 5 that could then continue in the next two Avengers movies before the character bows out — perhaps sacrificing himself for Love or to save the multiverse — or Hemsworth is recast in the rumored MCU reboot after Avengers: Secret Wars.

While Thor: Love and Thunder had its fair share of problems, Thor: Ragnarok showed that the God of Thunder’s franchise has the power to reinvent itself. Hemsworth’s Thor 5 could take the character on a more serious note, though escaping the dull nature of Thor: The Dark WorldThor 5 adapting “Siege,” which might have been set up by Disney+’s Secret Invasion, would perfectly fit that approach. Hemsworth’s Thor fighting to protect New Asgard with the help of Hercules — after they settle their dispute — and other MCU heroes would make Thor 5 an epic send-off for the hero’s franchise.

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