While a small army of Avengers assembled to finally take down Thanos between 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, a new intra-squad rivalry comically bubbled up in the process, pitting Chris Pratt’s wise-cracking Guardians of the Galaxy leader Star-Lord and Chris Hemsworth’s hammer-wielding Norse god Thor.
It started with an in-flight standoff (and Star-Lord clearly “imitating the god-man,” as Drax put it) after the Guardians rescue the Asgardian early into Infinity War, and culminates with Thor seemingly imposing on “Quail’s” turf aboard the Guardians' ship in the closing moments of Endgame. “You should fight one another, for the honor of leadership” Drax matter-of-factly suggests.
It became clear the interstellar rivalry will continue Pratt was announced among the cast of 2022’s Thor: Love and Thunder — the fourth stand-alone adventure for Hemsworth’s hero that returns Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.
“That was definitely something we found while we were doing the Avengers and people seemed to like it,” Pratt told us during a recent interview promoting his upcoming Amazon sci-fi action film The Tomorrow War. “So Taika had a vision for it and I think people are really going to like what we did. I think people are really gonna like that. And it picks up on that same vein, that same kind of rivalry between the two.”
Chris Pratt is Hyping Thor: Love and Thunder, and especially what Chris Hemsworth does in it.
"It’s next-level. [Hemsworth] ratcheted it up to even another level. So I was just in awe of his presence. He is a man-God in real life." pic.twitter.com/TZkdu82kFJ
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Pratt, though, made it clear that the rivalry between their characters doesn’t extend to the actors, two of “the Four Chrises” often matched against one another on social media. And he did so by hyping the hell out of both Hemsworth and Thor 4, which they just recently wrapped production on.
“Hemsworth is great, he’s so good,” he said. “People are gonna be really astounded when they see what he’s brought, what he and Taika have brought for Thor 4. It’s next-level. [Hemsworth] ratcheted it up to even another level. So I was just in awe of his presence. He is a man-god in real life. It was just cool to be there with him.”
Thor: Love and Thunder co-stars Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Jaimie Alexander, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan and Jeff Goldblum. The film is scheduled to open May 6, 2022.
The Tomorrow War premieres July 2 on Amazon Prime Video. Watch the trailer:
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