Chris Hemsworth shares fighting aliens is completely different when you’re not Thor


New details about Men in Black: International are out, and Chris Hemsworth has shared that there’s a learning curve to fighting when you’re not the God of Thunder.

Chris Hemsworth has battled alien armies, a giant purple guy bent on wiping out half the universe, and even his own brother and sister in the Marvel universe. He’s the God of Thunder, Thor, and that comes with having supernatural powers that make for some epic battles (just pick any fight scene from Thor: Ragnarok or Avengers: Infinity War, and our point is proven). But nothing could have prepared him for his greatest challenge yet: fighting aliens… as a human.

Marvel may have trained him well for some combat, but in his upcoming movie Men in Black: International, Hemsworth learned there were some things he had to scale back since he was no longer a superhero. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly for its feature story, Hemsworth explained the few but significant differences that went from being a hero god to a man in a suit, saying:

"Thor’s stunts are wildly complicated, but it feels like an atomic bomb goes off with each of those [hammer] hits. Everything is sort of magnified to a level that is so nonhuman. Whereas this, we have to keep grounding it. There’s always a part of it where I’m like, “Can I do a flip or just sort of leap from this building to that one?” and they’re like, “Nah, humans don’t do that sort of thing.” So they have to rein me in occasionally."

In the first trailer for Men in Black: International, it looks like the movie even took a jab at Chris Hemsworth and Thor’s beloved hammer. In the final scene of the trailer, you see Hemsworth’s Agent H mid-battle, reaching for a tiny hammer-like tool to try and kick some butt. Of course, as Hemsworth learns, hammers don’t work in the Men in Black world. And that’s something his stunt coordinator jokes he had to learn. The coordinator, Wade Eastwood, said to Entertainment Weekly:

"I’ve seen the crossover from the Marvel world. Occasionally, Chris might reach his arm out and expect a hammer to fly in, but that’s about it. He’s been drifting cars on this and doing all sorts of things that are completely different than anything he’s done before."

Hemsworth’s Men in Black and Thor: Ragnarok co-star, Tessa Thompson, didn’t voice such concerns about her fighting style in the new movie. Her Thor character, Valykerie, was just about equally as strong and supernatural as Thor, but perhaps being in the role for such a short time meant it didn’t necessarily affect her ability to learn combat for MIB.

Thompson did speak on the addition of the dancing duo from France known as Les Twins, who joined the movie’s team to coordinate at least one fight scene that Entertainment Weekly describes as being all “acrobatic” with hardly any wires necessary.

In the end, Thompson shared that the twins helped her and Hemsworth learn a few dance moves in between, adding that she and her co-star are not very good at dancing despite their efforts. (Although we’re sure this boogie master can’t be completely terrible at busting a move.)

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Men in Black: International is out June 14 this year. Keep an eye out to see if any other Marvel jokes and Easter eggs get slipped in, because it’ll be too good of an opportunity to pass if there aren’t any.