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The Avengers Up-Close: Chris Hemsworth

Thor brings the thunder to 'Marvel's The Avengers'!

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By Zack Zeigler

Unlike the other Avengers, Thor's a mythological figure, not a human or super soldier; getting him to Earth from his home world of Asgard wouldn’t be like hopping a bus from New York to Philly. Plus, he’s still reeling from a betrayal by his adopted brother, Loki, and has no idea when or where he’ll see him next to clear things up.

Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans star as Thor and Captain America in "Marvel's The Avengers"

“We left him at the end of [‘Thor’] and he really felt upset that [Loki] was gone,” said Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor. “It wasn’t like, ‘Yes, I’ve beaten the bad guy!’ It was mixed feelings, and…there are a lot of questions that are unanswered for him as to why and how this happened.”

“Marvel’s The Avengers,” in theaters and IMAX 3D May 4, was the second time Hemsworth teamed with the film’s director, Joss Whedon. Back in 2009, the two worked together on “The Cabin in the Woods,” but with Whedon serving as the production’s lynchpin, Hemsworth’s experience differed this time around.

“It’s great having a writer as a director because they know the story back to front,” he said. “If something needs to be rewritten or tweaked, then all the sudden there [Whedon] was to do it and have it for you in a second.”

And while he might have worked quickly, Hemsworth credits the director’s vision with keeping the story interesting.

“[The Avengers] all have a strong motivation for what they want to achieve,” said Hemsworth. “I think that’s what I was so impressed by with what Joss did because he was able to give everyone such a strong throughline and motivation for why they were there, their purpose, and [with] a great amount of conflict.”

Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”--the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012.

In addition to "Marvel's The Avengers," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013; "Thor 2" on November 15, 2013; and the sequel to "Captain America: The First Avenger" on April 4, 2014.

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