his weekend audiences will flock to movie theaters, don their 3D glasses and settle in for two hours of good old-fashioned Thor: Ragnarok fun.
In the third installments of Marvel’s most otherworldly franchise (this flick follows the original Thor and 2013’s The Dark World), which is in theaters today, things are decidedly more dramatic for everyone’s favorite Hammer-wielding superhero. To start, he doesn’t have the hammer this time around—Thor is imprisoned across the universe and his weapon (and the source of his power) has been confiscated.
His brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has taken over his home planet and the entire civilization has been threatened. He also has to fight in a deadly gladiator competition against Hulk, which is never an easy time.
The actor is not only the biggest thing attracting viewers to the theaters this weekend, he’s one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood right now. His slate of superhero flicks, combined with his uncanny ability to make a joke out of himself (during roles like Ghostbusters and Vacation) ensures that he’s constantly in front of the cameras. But it’s also worth noting that perhaps the most fascinating thing about him—besides his muscles—is his place among the cutest group of brothers to hit Tinseltown in years.
But once you look deep into their background, it’s easy to see that nothing about this family is usual.
Their parents could not have been further removed from the industry—their dad was a counselor and their mom was a teacher. (In fact, her subject matter occasionally included sexual education—most exceptionally the year that she had Liam as a student. If that doesn’t prepare him for the rigors and embarrassments of show business, nothing will). The early part of their childhood was your stereotypical Australian fodder: Surfing, working on a cattle ranch and putting shrimp on the barbie. In the early 2000s, the acting bug started to set in.
The gig, while certainly not as lucrative as the kind of work he does now, put Chris on the map in his home country. His character became a bit of a household name and even nabbed him a chance to compete on Dancing With the Stars Australia. In 2009 he appeared in the opening scenes of the Star Trek movie and the rest, as they say, is history.
In March of 2010 Liam decided to follow Chris to Hollywood (the real Hollywood, that is) and immediately began going out on auditions. It’s now been fully cemented into Hemsworth family lore that both brothers were up for the part of Thor back in 2010, before the role ultimately went to Chris. That moment could easily have spiraled into a moment of extreme brotherly jealousy, but fate would have it that the starring role in The Last Song was soon to go to Liam. That’s where he would meet one Miley Cyrus, so we doubt he’s too torn up about losing Thor.
Liam has a few mysterious projects on his plate, including a part opposite the ravishing Priyanka Chopra. And even Luke has thrown his hand back in the acting ring, appearing on Westworld and boasting a cameo in Thor: Ragnarok.
Their personal lives are thriving as well: Chris is enjoying living nearly full-time in Australia with his three children, Luke is busy with four kids, and Liam’s schedule is overloaded with keeping the press guessing about whether or not he finally married Miley Cyrus. And even though their looks and talents would seemingly put them in competition for all sorts of roles, they’ve found a perfect harmony of support. While each Hemsworth brother is fascinating (and gorgeous) on their own, the whole is greater than the sum of their parts.