When Collider, HitFix and several other media sites visited the secret London set of Marvel’s forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron last year, they had witnessed the filming of a battle scene between Chris Hemsworth’s Asgardian Thor and Paul Bettany’s android the Vision. About the sequence, which apparently takes place under the “the upper balcony of the main room of the Avengers Tower set,” the Aussie actor says, “This is their first meeting, and as you can see, it’s conflicted. It’s a big fight scene.” Afterwards, Hemsworth had talked lengthily with the journalists about Thor’s dream sequence by way of the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and how Thor factors into the story without Tom Hiddlston’s God of Mischief Loki, among other things. “We pick up with Thor having stayed on Earth from Thor 2, so he’s here, he’s part of the team,” said Chris of where we find Thor in Age of Ultron. “This is his home for the moment. The initial kind of threat, the attack from Ultron, is personal because it’s at all the Avengers, and Thor then begins to see a bigger sort of picture here about what this threat could be potentially, and begins to kind of tie-in all of our films. It’s hard to say too much without talking about what I can’t talk about but as I said, it’s a personal loss from the get-go because it’s at him, but I guess he sees a bigger picture.”
Later during the interview, Chris Hemsworth had elaborated on what brings Thor back to the team. “Yeah, I mean it was just giving him a solid reason to be there, you know?” he asked. “I think all of us. It seems like a pretty simple demand but yeah, it would be easy to fall into, ‘Oh, they’re all just there because we’re all contracted and look cool if we’re standing in the same room.’ I mean it was there from the beginning, too, but I just sort of kept saying to Joss, ‘Okay, what do I bring to the table though, besides kind of Thor being one of his foot soldiers and the muscle in a bunch of fight scenes. What is his knowledge he can bring to it?’ And trying to incorporate that he’s from another world because you forget that, too. All of a sudden you’re standing there in these conversations and you go, ‘Well hang on, he’s from another planet, you know? What’s his thousands of years of existence? What information can that bring?’ And so he calls upon some of Asgardian knowledge in this and is able to go into, say, another realm to pull out something that’s hugely useful. Some information that certainly benefits where they’re at at that point.”
When asked if Avengers: Age of Ultron will see Thor do something he hasn’t done before, Chris implies he’s more human this time. “He’s loosened up a bit,” he says. “I think we lost some of the, the humor and the naïveté and, you know, the fish out of water quality of Thor in the second one. There were things I loved about what we did in the second one tonally, but that sense of fun was… I would have liked it to be there a bit more. Joss felt the same way. [Thor]’s been on Earth, he’s a little more human, a little more accessible. He’s off Asgard now so he doesn’t have to be as regal and kingly as he is in that world, which is nice. I enjoy that more. [Asgard is] sort of a box, which he gets to step out of. That stuff just looks out of place, whereas here you can have a gag with the guys and he can throw away lines and be at a party scene with them in civilian clothes, which is nice.” He added, “There’s a party scene where I was in a nice coat and jeans and the guys just kept joking, “When did Thor go shopping? Did he buy this online or did Jane do it? Or did he actually go shopping? You don’t see him go shopping but the question is raised because he’s not dressed in his Asgardian attire. He’s more human in this film, definitely.” About his Asgardian armor, the actor says it was tweaked a little since Thor: The Dark World. “It’s more comfortable,” he admitted. “Each time, you get a little more comfortable, a little more movement in it. I don’t think there’s any huge changes to it. I loved where it was in the second one. We sort of landed on something because it was a bit more streamlined and functional. It’s pretty similar.” He later reassured that, unlike the other Avengers, Thor doesn’t get costume upgrades from Tony Stark.
Since Thor and Hulk had an epic battle in The Avengers, Chris Hemsworth was then asked if we’ll see two go at it again. “We’re not as conflicted as we were before, I think,” he replied. “He tags off with someone else though. I think we sort of changed up there, and he has a pretty solid battle with… am I allowed to say? Yeah, with Iron Man in this one, which is cool. It’s a lengthy fight scene of destruction.” Given Thor: The Dark World ended with Loki on the throne of Asgard, and Thor evidently doesn’t know about it, Hemsworth was then asked does the God of Thunder still has a connection to the otherworldly realm. “Up until kind of the third act or sort of halfway through Age of Ultron he begins to have suspicions about what’s going on here or what this bigger picture is here and who’s involved,” reveals the actor. “He doesn’t know by the end of it but he starts to think something’s not right here. This is all a little too convenient why this has happened, which certainly points his focus back there [to Asgard].” This interview took place before Thor: Ragnarok was announced, but Hemsworth’s last comments certainly foreshadow that Marvel sequel. Anyhow, the actor was later asked whether or not Thor is impressed by the threat that is Ultron, given his many battles across the Nine Realms. ” I think he openly admits, ‘I don’t think we’re going to win this one,'” says Chris. “Yeah, the threat is so great that I think all of them are sort of scratching their heads going, ‘Is this it?’ rather than, ‘Okay, we have to kill this many things.’ It’s just an onslaught and it doesn’t stop. It’s sort of an open sort of floodgate and what it could also set in motion is an even bigger threat. I think that’s what’s Thor’s kind of stuck on or where he is attention certainly is, an even bigger picture of Thor being from Asgard. He can just say, ‘Hang on, there’s a whole universe here which is signaling something else.'”
It’s been said that the Scarlet Witch brings out the inner demon in each Avenger, so Hemsworth was then asked how that will affect Thor and ultimately turn the team against each other. “No, I think it certainly creates a conflict,” he replied. “It’s more kind of within their individual selves rather than the team so much. I think they’ll begin to have sort of their fears of held up in front of them, and for Thor, I think it’s a corruption of power. With all of them having this much power and trying to have the understanding that we’re in this sort of endless battle here and when this is going to end and how does it end? That scene is actually being rewritten at the moment, if you want to talk to Joss about it, so it’s hard to even say what it will be in Thor’s dream sequence but it kicks in motion his movement. That’s where he really starts to kind of move through the story. Once that dream occurs he goes, ‘Oh, I can see what’s coming and my fear could be true’ so yeah, it’s a ticking clock.” Finally, Hemsworth was asked if Thor’s power is amped up in Age of Ultron. “Yeah, I mean in this instance [with the Vision] you see it’s hand-to-hand combat because if someone of his equal strength or moreso than him, so he can afford to do that,” says the actor. “Whereas with the people who were far less capable than him and not as strong, I said, ‘You know, let’s make sure he’s picking up cars and throwing them and ripping things in half and spending a bit more time up in the air and using the elements as opposed to being stuck kind of in a hand-to-hand sort of fist fight with the bad guys.’ So yeah, I think it keeps getting kind of amped up and then the stunts become more elaborate. Yeah, we see him fly a bit more.”
Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Avengers: Age of Ultron May 1, 2015.