The point of last spring’s movie about this god-like being from the celestial realm of Asgard was that an arrogant but powerful man had to learn humility to become a true hero.
Thor doesn’t need to be told twice, says Chris Hemsworth. In The Avengers, he returns as someone with a greater sense of responsibility for the world – or worlds – he inhabits.
“There’s a maturity to the character because of the journey he went on, certainly. He was a petulant sort of kid at the beginning of Thor, and by the end of it hopefully you walk away thinking that he is matured and there was a grounded quality to him that wasn’t there before,” Hemsworth says.
One thing the character hasn’t adjusted to is the culture and quirks of Earth life. He’s still very much a weirdo.
“There are certainly moments where Thor says things and there’s a sideways glance from everybody: ‘What the hell is this guy talking about?’” Hemsworth laughs.
It helps to be surrounded by other outcasts.
“He’s not quite the odd one out as much as he was in Thor,” Hemsworth says. “These guys … one of them wears an iron suit, one of them turns into a big, green monster. They all have these crazy personalities, and alter egos. They’re misfits, and that’s how they fit, in a funny way.”