Rumors are at it again on Reddit, so grab some salt moving forward with this story. This time comes from user SpiderForever245, who is saying that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is planning on replacing current Marvel Cinematic Universe actors with younger ones, like Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. The plan would supposedly be executed with the introduction of the multiverse.
Chiming in, user SnooGrapes1352 suggests that Secret Wars will be the method to get in fresh faces for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It is unclear if the user means Secret Invasion, a popular comic that is getting its own series with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn’s shapeshifting alien Talos. But there is a Secret Wars comic that went from 1984 to 1985. Either way, it could be the vessel to introduce a young cast of Avengers and replace actors like Chris Hemsworth.
Seeds for the multiverse taking a major role in the next saga are being planted. Traveling through time in Endgame and Mysterio’s lies in Spider-Man: Far From Home started going in that direction. Now, the current series Loki is all about different timelines, further cementing this direction for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Having iconic heroes in the lineup makes sense, like having Falcon take up the mantle of Captain America; it works in theory that Feige would want to recast people like Chris Hemsworth, who has been in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2011’s Thor. While more obscure characters like Rocket and Groot have become beloved figures, it still gets butts in seats when they see universally recognizable characters like Spider-Man and Captain America.
Multiverse or not, keeping the moniker of a character alive like what was seen in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier with Anthony Mackie’s character’s arc is certainly the plan. Another way Marvel will be doing this is by giving audiences a reimagination of a hero they knew. Comic book fans will know all about Riri Williams, who gets ahold of Tony Stark’s tech and becomes a new hero to help her city of Chicago. Her story will be told eventually in a show called Ironheart, starring Dominique Thorne (Judas and the Black Messiah) as the iron-suited hero.
Regarding the future of Chris Hemsworth and his giant muscles, we do know he will have a god of thunder counterpart in Thor: Love and Thunder as Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will return to become Mighty Thor, just like she does in certain comic book storylines. It is no recasting, but if the rumor does not pan out, this is one way to have a new hammer-wielding Avenger.
As of now, Chris Hemsworth’s next outing with Marvel has wrapped filming, which started in January in Sydney, Australia. The film will utilize an advanced edition of the technology used in The Mandalorian, Industrial Light & Magic’s StageCraft. It is essentially a large screen that replaces the idea of a green screen to project a set behind the actors at a high resolution. Rather than actors imagining what is around them, they can see what the environment is, which is especially useful doing Marvel movies where the characters find themselves in fantastical places like Asgard.