Captain America: Civil War didn’t see Chris Hemsworth’s Thor making an appearance. And at the time Chris Hemsworth thought he is being “written out” of the MCU. The actor who was part of the two Thor movies and two Avengers movies by the time didn’t get to choose sides in Civil War. The movie saw Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) fight it out along with other Avengers due to the Sokovia Accords.
Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) was already on an off-adventure at the end of Avengers sequel Age of Ultron. Thor will return with Hulk on another cosmic adventure in Thor: Ragnarok.
Chris Hemsworth Didn’t Know About Civil War
Chris Hemsworth and other Avengers were on a press tour for Age of Ultron. And that’s when the actor heard about Civil War. Hemsworth shares in The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I remember being on the Age of Ultron press tour, and everyone was talking about Civil War. I was like, ‘What’s Civil War? Are you doing a side-project or something? They’re like, ‘Oh no, Captain America, y’know? The next one is Civil War. I’m like, ‘Wait… Iron Man’s in that?’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, but there’s not just Iron Man. There’s Vision (Paul Bettany). There’s Spider-Man (Tom Holland)…'”
Civil War only mentions Thor and Hulk in passing. The movie already had two major Avengers fighting it out. So, there was not much space for Thor and Hulk to appear in the movie. The superheroes didn’t fit in the story arc anyways.
Marvel’s Response to Hemsworth
The actor further shared that when he asked what is he doing in the MCU during Civil War, Marvel responded by saying, ‘You’re doing your own thing.’ This is the awkward moment when Hemsworth thought he is written out of the MCU.
Hemsworth recalls that when Mark Ruffalo also said the same about not being approached for Civil War, it sparked a joke about ‘What are we doing?’
In the Team Thor short mockumentary film, Marvel playfully answers the question. In the same Taika Waititi directed short, Hemsworth shared, “They had this great idea to just have Thor on a holiday, taking some time out here in Australia, just wanting to do some regular things and hang out with some regular folk.”
Hemsworth will return as Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder, in theaters on July 8, 2022.