We're mere months away from the premiere of "Thor" and actor Chris Hemsworth's debut as Marvel's hammer-wielding god of thunder, and it looks like we're not alone in acknowledging the Australian actor's physical aptitude for the role.
Hemsworth was recently named one of Cosmopolitan Magazine's "Fun Fearless Males Of 2011," and MTV News caught up with him on the red carpet at the event announcing this year's list to talk about "Thor" and those swirling rumors that Loki will have a role in "The Avengers."
"I have [seen 'Thor'], yeah. It's fantastic," Hemsworth told MTV News. "Being that close to something, it's often pretty hard to watch yourself, but the film in so many ways is so impressive that I was swept along with it like an audience member, and that's a pretty good sign."
Asked about the weight of carrying the character's legacy, Hemsworth indicated that the mantle of Thor is no small thing to carry — both physically and historically.
"Literally, the costume weighed god-knows-how-many pounds. It was heavy," laughed Hemsworth. "And this is a character who has a ton of history — 40 or 50 years' worth — and a built-in fanbase. He's a god and a lot of other things that become overwhelming."
"At the same time, it's a dream," he added. "As a kid, you run around the house pretending to be a superhero, and now to be doing it as a job, I feel very lucky."
As for those pesky rumors that Thor will have a rematch against Loki in Marvel's 2012 superhero team-up event "The Avengers," Hemsworth wasn't giving anything up.
"I'm hearing rumors, too," he said. "Marvel — the safehouse they've got — is very protective of what we say and what we don't say, so I have to keep tight-lipped about it."