The crown prince of Asgard based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name, who has become a "lone gunslinger" while solving universe-ending perils in his search to learn more about the Infinity Stones. As this is the fifth time portraying the character, Hemsworth said, "for me personally I got a bit bored of myself and thought we've got to try something different." He spoke with director Taika Waititi and producer Kevin Feige, who all agreed a third Thor film would need "to really push the envelope and experiment and take it to another level;" this resulted in the character having shorter hair, a different outfit, his hammer Mjolnir being broken, and a new setting. Having the shorter hair was "hugely liberating and freeing" for Hemsworth, noting once he was able to remove the longer hair wig, "I instantly felt like I could move and speak and react differently... it allowed the whole thing to take on a different attitude. It felt like a completely different character".