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Chris Hemsworth reviews Thor The Dark World in one scathing word

The second Thor film has always been a bit of a sore subject among Marvel and its fans. Here is a list of everyone involved, from Chris Hemsworth to director Alan Taylor, who have distanced themselves from the movie.

hollywood Updated: Aug 23, 2018 14:50 IST
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Chris Hemsworth as Thor in a still from The Dark World.

Chris Hemsworth has read what’s been on most Marvel fans’ minds in a new interview, in which he described in two words what he thinks of the first two Thor movies. “The first one is good, the second one is meh,” Hemsworth told GQ about his first two solo Thor movies.

The second Thor film has always been a bit of a sore subject among Marvel and its fans. According to Vanity Fair, it was the reason that Natalie Portman dropped out of future Marvel films. She’d championed director Patty Jenkins for the job, and didn’t enjoy working with eventual director Alan Taylor. “As far as I know, I’m done,” she said later. Jenkins, meanwhile went on to direct Wonder Woman to great success.

Idris Elba, who played Heimdall in several Marvel films before he was killed off in Avengers: Infinity War, had also expressed similar sentiments about the film. He said working on The Dark World was ‘heartbreaking’. “This is torture, man. I don’t want to do this,” Elba recalled telling his agent, in an interview to the Telegraph. And his agent said: “You have to, it’s part of the deal.”

Marvel's Thor: The Dark World features Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman.

And Elba’s feelings haven’t mellowed with time. He recently told Entertainment Weekly that while he enjoyed working on Ragnarok, the first two Thor movies were ‘work’. “The last one was fun,” he said. “The others weren’t fun. They’re work. But on this one, Taika (Waititi, the film’s director) was great.”

But interestingly, the man who was in charge of bringing it all together, director Alan Taylor, also hated working on the film. “I’ve learned that you don’t make a $170 million movie with someone else’s money, and not have to collaborate a lot,” he told Uproxx around the release of his follow-up, Terminator Genisys. “The Marvel experience was particularly wrenching because I was sort of given absolute freedom while we were shooting, and then in post it turned into a different movie. So, that is something I hope never to repeat and don’t wish upon anybody else.”

The Dark World was a box office success, however. It made close to $650 million worldwide. It even has a (borderline) positive Rotten Tomatoes score (66%).

The muted reaction prompted Hemsworth and Marvel to switch gears for Ragnarok. Director Taika Waititi was hired to bring some new energy into the project, which resulted in the series’ most financially and critically acclaimed entry.

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First Published: Aug 21, 2018 17:35 IST