ByRandy Micah Smith, writer at Creators.co
I have a deep love for the superpowered, the superhuman and the supernatural. This translates not only to a deep and abiding love for ancien
Randy Micah Smith

I just saw the movie Blackhat not long ago. It's not the sort of movie I'd normally go to see, admittedly, but it definitely had more than its share of moments, and overall, it was quite intense and intriguing. In particular, Chris Hemsworth's starring role was both engaging and entertaining. Not that there was any doubt of Mr. Hemsworth's acting prowess before, but when the movie was through, I was convinced all the more of his acting depth and range.

When all was said and done, I got to thinking: over the course of Hemsworth's big-screen acting career, he's put on a number of different, ehm, hats, so to speak. After proving his acting chops in Blackhat, as a comic-book fan, it was quite fun to imagine just how much range he could have had within the course of the superhero world, if not for his best-known role of Marvel's version of the Norse god of thunder, Thor.
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1) Booster Gold

"I'm not Green Lantern."
"I'm not Green Lantern."

Now, I haven't seen the entire movie, but I've sampled scenes here and there, and the synopsis seems to bear out my case. Hemsworth's role in the 2013 movie Rush is that of a brash but charming adrenaline junkie, seeking fame, fortune and women above all else, even if his own personal safety, and that of others, may be put on the line in the process. Sound familiar, superhero fans?

Any Booster Gold fan knows it: our guy Booster is a major glory-hound, who seems only barely to grasp concepts like duty, selflessness and altruism. That being said, his intentions, while mostly self-serving, do have an air of goodwill toward others around him. Mix that with Hemsworth's acting skills, charming wit and muscular build, and you got yourself a gold-clad superhero from the future.
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2) Captain Britain

Captain America...only better, 'cause Britain.
Captain America...only better, 'cause Britain.

I got this idea when thinking about Cabin in the Woods. Now, I can hear some of you groaning as I type this article. Of course, for a good bit of the movie, he's shown as being an ordinary college student, fun-loving, flirtatious, and even gets drugged into becoming something of a crude, horny alpha-male. At this point, you wouldn't be wrong for dismissing his character from the role.

Mind you, however, there's a certain reason he was selected for the evil blood sacrifice near the end of the movie. Of all the cast, he is identified as 'The Hero', and bears out that role in a few significant parts within the movie's climax, even to the time of his demise (trying to go for help for his friends). In fact, it's this same threefold shift in character that makes him so apt for Captain Britain: he has his flaws, but mostly he's smart (Sociology Major) with a good head on his shoulders.
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3) He-Man

"I have the power!"
"I have the power!"

Stop laughing!

No, really, in all seriousness, Hemsworth has shown himself to be quite the character in a fantasy setting. Of course, we see his time in Asgard with the first Thor, but mostly Thor: The Dark World drove this home for me. Wielding Mjolnir overhead, surrounded by lightning and thunder, and perfectly fitting in, among others dressed just like him, he truly looks like he could pull off a lead as Prince Adam aka He-Man, defender of Planet Eternia.

Chris already has the noble-warrior-prince act down. Literally, no offense to the creators of the Thor movies, but if the entire movie took place in Asgard, and a couple faces were changed around--ie Christopher Eccleston as Skeletor, Jaimie Alexander as She-Ra, and no father figure in the picture--it's not really all too different from a story befitting the mighty He-Man and his fellow Masters of the Universe. If Hemsworth bulked up even more, he'd be set.
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4) Aquaman

"I am your King."
"I am your King."

Yeah, I said it. He'd have made a kick-butt Aquaman. Not to rag on Jason Momoa in the least (even though he's not my first pick for the role), this casting idea first crossed my mind when I saw Hemsworth's performance in the first Thor. Of course, Aquaman doesn't speak in the quasi-Medieval dialect that Thor is known for, but otherwise, Thor and Aquaman have many similarities in story.

Thor lives in Asgard (mythical home of the Norse gods), while Aquaman lives in Atlantis (mythical land beneath the sea). Thor wields a mighty hammer, while Aquaman wields a powerful trident. And each has their own issues as to whether they are ready, willing and/or able to step up as heir to their land's throne. From Hemsworth's action and drama scenes as Asgardian demigod prince in Thor, I could easily see him kicking butt as rightful King of the Seven Seas in Aquaman.
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4) The Sentry

"I don't throw *everything* in the sun."
"I don't throw *everything* in the sun."

Of course, many folks are averse to this character even showing up in the MCU at all, because of his capabilities. Very few of even the more powerful Marvel villains pose a true threat to him. That being said, if The Sentry were toned down a tad from being QUITE to powerful, then Chris Hemsworth would have been a perfect prospect to wield the full-force of his power. If you doubt this suggestion, then perhaps you'll change your mind after watching Blackhat.

For those of you who don't know, the Sentry is a superhero whose bad side you do not want to get on. And while the movie Blackhat itself is not one about superheroes or superhuman abilities, you can see very much of Robert Reynolds (the Sentry's human alter ego) in the movie's main character, Nick Hathaway. While very down-to-earth, Hathaway is not to be taken lightly, as his skills make him a threat, both physically and mentally. He's complex, and engaging, as would be expected of one bearing such great powers as The Sentry.
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January 16th? That's today!
January 16th? That's today!

Of course, each of the above is nothing more than a fun exercise in fancasting. Still, the question remains set before you. What do you have to say about Chris Hemsworth's skills as an actor? If not for the role of Thor, what other superhero role do you think Hemsworth would be suited to take on?

Let us know in the polls and comments below! And if you feel the need to better inform your opinion with a better look, the movie Blackhat makes its public debut in theaters today.

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