Chris Hemsworth has become a household name thanks to his star-turning role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has played the character across two standalone films and two outings with the Avengers (five if you count his brief appearance in the Doctor Strange post-credits tag) since his first appearance in 2011’s Thor. In fact, he’s become such an integral part of the MCU that many were surprised when they found out that Thor (and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk) were being left out of Captain America: Civil War, including Hemsworth himself.
In a new interview with EW, Hemsworth reveals that he thought his exclusion from Civil War meant that he and Ruffalo were being fired:
“I was like, ‘What? Are we being fired?’ Marvel quickly reassured us, ‘No you guys have got your own journey going on, and in order for that to work you can’t be a part of this one.’ Look, it turned out just perfect because we got to do a whole different kind of thing we wouldn’t have able to do otherwise.”
That other journey of course turned out to be Thor: Ragnarok, which releases later this year. Assuming both characters make it through that film alive (and given Marvel’s reluctance to kill off main characters, that seems like a fairly safe bet), it’s pretty much a guarantee that both the Hulk and Thor will be present for the MCU’s next big crossover events, 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. Still, Hemsworth won’t be able to play the role forever but it looks like barring any sort of falling out between himself and Marvel, his exit will be decided on his own terms.