With Reporting by Kevin P. Sullivan
What chance does anyone, or anything for that matter, have against the thunderous deity known as Thor? As it turns out, it's a pretty big chance, as far as an army of self-aware androids is concerned.
Thor battles a brand-new mechanical menace alongside Earth's mightiest heroes in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the Marvel Studios sequel set for release in just a few months time. He's one of the many heroes waging war against Ultron and his minions, and even if his involvement is less personal than last time (in his defense, it's hard to get much more personal than having to stop your evil step-brother from conquering an innocent planet), the hammer-wielding hero has plenty to do.
Here's what Chris Hemsworth revealed while on the London set of "Age of Ultron," from what Thor has been up to since we saw him in "The Dark World," to what he's going up against now.
Home is where the hammer is…Marvel
…and Thor's hammer's on Earth. At the end of "Thor: The Dark World," the Asgardian warrior decided to hang back on our home world for a while, to spend some time with girlfriend Jane Foster and help defend the mortals he's come to know and love.
"He's here," said Hemsworth. "He's part of the team. This is his home for the moment. The initial threat of attack from Ultron is personal — because it's at all the Avengers, and Thor begins to see a bigger picture about what this threat could be, potentially."
The Asgardian has new clothes!Marvel
The flowing red cape and chain-mail armor aren't going away anytime soon, but expect Earth's fashion sense to rub off on Thor in "Age of Ultron."
"There's a party scene, and I was in a nice coat and jeans, and the guys just kept joking: 'When did Thor go shopping?'" Hemsworth said. "'Did he buy this online? Did Jane do it? Did he actually go shopping?' You don't see him go shopping, but the question's raised, because he's not dressed in his own guardian attire."
They say the clothes make the man, and Hemsworth agrees with the old saying as it relates to Thor: "He's more human in this film, definitely."
A funny thing happened on the way to the Thor-um…Marvel
Thor might enjoy some musical theater humor now that he's been on Earth for a little while. At the very least, the godly man has loosened up, closer to the lighthearted hero of the first "Thor" film than the grim and gritty "Dark World."
"I think we lost some of the humor and the naiveté and fish-out-of-water quality of Thor from the first film into the second one," said Hemsworth. "There's more humor in Thor [now], or at least because he's been on Earth, he's a little more accessible now. He's off Asgard now, so he doesn't have to be as regal and kingly as he was in that world, which is nice."
He remains Earth's mightiest hero.Marvel
Even while Thor's making you laugh, expect the thunder god to kick some ass. In "Age of Ultron," we'll see Thor hammering down and resorting to fisticuffs against certain enemies, but there will be other occasions where Thor needs to rely on measures unavailable to the other Avengers.
Hemsworth said he wanted to make sure Thor is seen "picking up cars and throwing them and ripping things in half and kind of 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 fight with the bad guys." In other words, you'll believe a Thor can fly.
Thor is very, very old.Marvel
He might not look a day over 30, but Thor is much closer to 3,000, perhaps even older. The Asgardian's seen and done so much in his time, and that knowledge becomes very important as "Age of Ultron" pans out.
"He's from another planet, you know," said Hemsworth. "What's his thousands of years of existence like? What information can I bring? He'll call upon some of his guardian 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 this point."
Life is low-key without Loki.Marvel
The eternally old, eternally powerful Thor is also a little bit lonely. Even though his brother Loki has been a bit of a twit in recent years, Thor has not embarked on a single Marvel movie without his mischievous sibling floating around nearby — until now.
Thor thinks Loki's dead, thanks to his apparent demise in "The Dark World." But we know better; he's posing as Odin, ruling over Asgard from his step-father's throne. And based on Hemsworth's tease, "Age of Ultron" might bring this revelation to light for Thor as well.
"Halfway through, he begins to have suspicions about what's going on here, if there's a bigger picture," he said. "Who's involved? And he actually 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. It certainly points his focus back on Asgard."
Can Thor stop Ultron?Marvel
Maybe not. For all of his strengths, for all of his years and years of knowledge and experience, even Thor isn't sure that he's capable of taking down the threat Ultron presents to the world at large.
"He openly admits, like, 'I don't think we can win this one,'" said Hemsworth. "The threat is so great that I think all of them are sort of scratching their heads, going, 'Is this it?'"
Of course, this is not it. There's another "Thor" movie coming in a few years, plus at least two more "Avengers" sequels, all in theaters by 2019. The thunderous Asgardian will move through "Age of Ultron" to fight another day. But that doesn't mean victory is guaranteed, and even if it is, it's certain to come at a high price.
Thor and Earth's mightiest heroes assemble in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," in theaters May 1.