In 2011, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Thor, the Norse god of thunder who wields a giant hammer that only the pure of heart can handle. Since then, we’ve seen the star return to Thor numerous times, finding delightful new wrinkles in his comedy and emotional pathos along the way (especially in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame).
It’s been a fun and enjoyable journey to go on. But what happens when Hemsworth puts down his hammer, takes off the long wig, and steps away from his most well-known superhero role?
The rest of Hollywood didn’t always agree with me, though, and it’s been quite interesting to see how filmmakers have used the Aussie to varying degrees of effectiveness. Hemsworth has quite the voice, and this run of his non-Marvel work gives me hope for a future without him as Thor.
Here, now, are the best Chris Hemsworth performances ranked from worst to best — none of which have anything to do with Thor. Let’s get ready to Ragnarok (whoops).
An icky, repetitive, problematic film that’s regrettable in nearly every way — especially, unfortunately, in its central performance. 12 Strong tells the true story of soldiers who, against the odds and riding on horseback, delivered an important victory in the fight against Al-Qaeda just months after 9/11.
With the exception of Public Enemies, I’ll enjoy just about anything the guy makes. And so despite Blackhat‘s reputation as a critical and financial failure, there’s a ton about the sublimely absurd, globe-trotting hacker-action-thriller
Rush features one of the best “movie star introduction” sequences in recent memory. Hemsworth, playing real-life Formula 1 racing star James Hunt, enters a hospital with injuries (sustained not from a race, but from a fist-fight).