When he was cast as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chris Hemsworth was a relatively unknown actor. Over the past decade, he has portrayed the character in seven films, including cameos. He will now reprise the role for the ninth time in Taika Waititi’s forthcoming fourth Thor film, Thor: Love and Thunder.
Disney and Marvel are aware of Hemsworth’s role in the collection’s success since the film is projected to be one of the most profitable of the year. The Thor series in particular has experienced significant ups and downs over the past decade, with Hemsworth having stated that he was beginning to lose interest in playing the role after the dismal experience of working on Thor: The Dark World. Waititi revitalized his interest in the character Thor: Ragnarok, which relaunched the series.
Before landing the role of Thor, Hemsworth was perhaps best known for his brief appearance as Captain Kirk’s tragic father in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek remake. Later attempts to bring him back to the series were unsuccessful, apparently because both Hemsworth and Chris Pine demanded higher compensation.
And that makes sense; like Chris Pine, who has established himself since his debut as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek films, Chris Hemsworth’s star has risen. According to a Selection report, the actor was paid $20 million (about Rs 150 crore at present costs) for Love and Thunder, a figure that continues to be a gold standard for cinema stars even three decades since Jim Carrey began using it within the 1990s. The same Selection article stated that both Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock earned $20 million (over backend earnings) for Bullet Prepare and The Lost City, respectively.
Because streamers include backend profits in their original offers, salaries for streaming jobs are much higher. According to reports, Daniel Craig earns $100 million for the 2 Knives Out sequels.
Hemsworth’s $20 million paychecks for Love and Thunder may feel modest compared with Craig’s future profits — or, for that matter, what Robert Downey Jr used to get for loving Iron Man — but the Australian star has ascended through the ranks over the previous decade. In 2011, he earned just $150,000 (a little over Rs 1 crore at current exchange rates) for the first Thor film. However, his salary was increased to $15 million for Ragnarok, in line with the salaries of his co-stars. Additionally, he received $15 million for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
In 2017, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told Forbes, “We began saying that the character is the marquee name, and I believe that’s still true, but I feel we’ve been very lucky and appreciative that the performers that embody these characters have now become them.” “It’s expensive but well worth it.”
Hemsworth has attempted to capitalize on his Thor fame by branching out into various franchises. Generally, this has been successful, but on occasion, it has not. For instance, his version of Men in Black tanked both critically and monetarily, yet his action film Extraction generated record-breaking numbers for Netflix. A sequel is currently in production. Hemsworth may appear as the antagonist in George Miller’s currently-filming Mad Max spinoff, Furiosa, and can star in a Hulk Hogan biopic.