Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth as Thor in 2012's Avengers Assemble. Marvel Studios

Actor Chris Hemsworth has revealed that a third Thor movie is still some way off and may not start filming until 2016, indicating a 2017 release date.

In a lengthy interview with Buzzfeed, the Asgardian God himself said his next major film "won't be Thor 3 - that will be the following year," which certainly makes sense given the actor's busy schedule.

Hemsworth has four films out next year: Blackhat, a thriller from Michael Mann, In the Heart of the Sea from Ron Howard, a sort-of-reboot of the National Lampoon's Vacation series (which he is currently filming), and of course Avengers: Age of Ultron.

That's just what he'll be promoting next year, he's also filming a sequel to Snow White & The Huntsman with Kristen Stewart, which is said to focus solely on his Huntsman character.

This fits with the established plan for Marvel's Phase Three of films (the films that will be released between Avengers 2 and Avengers 3) that has been cobbled together from announcements, rumours, and directors letting slip information.

Here's the current Phase Three slate as officially announced...

  • Ant-Man: 17 July 2015
  • Captain America 3: 29 April 2016
  • Unannounced Film: 8 July 2016
  • Unannounced Film: 5 May 2017
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2: 28 July 2017
  • Unannounced Film: 3 November 2017
  • Unannounced Film: 4 May 2018
  • Unannounced Film: 6 July 2018
  • Unannounced Film: 2 November 2018
  • Unannounced Film: 3 May 2019

The July 2016 release date will likely be for Scott Derickson's Doctor Strange, making May 2017 the likeliest to fall in line with Hemsworth's comments. Of course from what he said it could also drop on the November 2017 date.

Any of the dates from 2018 and 2019 could be Avengers 3, which recent rumours suggested wouldn't involve Chris Hemsworth's Thor.