Chris Hemsworth thought he had been fired when his Marvel character didn't appear in 'Captain America: Civil War'.
The 33-year-old actor has starred as the Norse deity Thor in the Marvel Cinematic universe since 2011's eponymously titled movie, but was concerned he'd been booted from the role when his character was notably missing from the script of the most recent 'Captain America' feature.
The 2016 movie featured most of the cast of Marvel's ensemble venture 'The Avengers', including Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), but Thor did not make an appearance.
Speaking about his omission from the script, Chris told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "I was like, 'What? Are we being fired?' Marvel quickly reassured us, 'No you guys have got your own journey going on, and in order for that to work you can't be a part of this one.' Look, it turned out just perfect because we got to do a whole different kind of thing we wouldn't have able to do otherwise."
Thor's absence from 'Captain America: Civil War' comes as the superhero is set to be involved in his own adventure when his third solo venture 'Thor: Ragnarok' hits screens in November this year.
The movie will see the return of Chris as the handsome crown prince of Asgard, joined by his adoptive brother and nemesis Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston.
Chris is also set to star in the third instalment of the ensemble movie series, when 'Avengers: Infinity War' lands in theatres 2018.
With the rest of the superhero squad, the movie - which began recently began filming - also features 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star Chris Pratt in his role as Star-Lord, and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' actor Tom Holland as the popular lycra-clad hero Spider-Man.