Chris Hemsworth Talks “Thor” Tonal Change

While the “Captain America” solo films started strong and only got better with the sequel and the exciting sounding “Captain America: Civil War,” the “Thor” movies have not been so well regarded.

There’s love for Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespearian space opera first outing, even as there’s acknowledgement of its genuine clunkiness at points. The sequel is more polished on the surface but far emptier as a film. As a result, the excitement for the third film “Thor: Ragnarok” is relatively muted compared to ‘Civil War’.

So what’s the problem? Part of it is tone. Out doing promotions for “In the Heart of the Sea,” star Chris Hemsworth says the next film in the series needs to up the humor and action quotient – deliver something more akin to a certain other corner of Marvel’s cosmic ambitions. He tells Cinema Blend that the hiring of director Taika Waititi for ‘Ragnarok’ has helped that:

“I think it needs to be injected with that sort of smart wit and unexpected kind of humor, kind of what James Gunn came in and did with Guardians [Of The Galaxy]. It was like off center and unpredictable and I think we can definitely use a dose of that, you know.

We’ve done regal. We’ve done Shakespeare, and we’ve shown that. I think now it’s time to go, ‘Ok, cool. Let’s try something different,’ and Taika just had such a brilliant sort of take and funny kind of ideas about where we could, how we could do that.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” is slated to shoot in Australia early-mid next year ahead of a November 2017 release. The comments come as Hemsworth tweeted a photo of himself from during production of ‘Sea’ during which he slimmed down from his 215 lb. “Thor” frame to a far skinnier 185 lb. frame akin to his “Rush” and “Home and Away” days.