Nope, Hemsworth personified Hunt in that role, just like Brühl embodied Lauda. Amazing performances. Definitely Ron Howard’s best film to date; although I’m hoping In the Heart of the Sea is even better (great book by Nathaniel Philbrick, if you haven’t read).
And yes, whilst I get that acting performances don’t dictate pay checks, you just have to look at Meryl Streep’s recent comments after all, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing Cap or Thor now. I love both of them as those characters.
Hemsworth is a charismatic leading man but Evans has made some smart, interesting choices. He was great in Sunshine, The Losers, Push and Snowpiercer; just a shame that didn’t translate in terms of box office numbers. Will be interesting to see how he does as a director.
Also, Age of Ultron was after Thor 2 and Winter Soldier and I know which one I preferred. Would be difficult to argue that Winter Soldier isn’t one of the best films of the Marvel Universe to date. Plus Captain America led to the awesome that is Agent Carter but, on the other hand, where’s my Black Widow film already? Okay, now I’m conflicted