During the press circuit for Avengers: Endgame, there appeared to be a little competitive energy lingering between Chris Hemsworth and Brie Larson. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, things got a bit bristly between the two, and fans have taken to dissecting the interview ever since.
Now, much of this could easily be explained away as two actors having fun with each other by embodying their characters. After all, they even referenced competition between superheroes in the interview, with Larson joking, “There’s no competition for me because I’m the strongest.”
But not everyone was convinced the interview was all fun and games. A self-proclaimed body language expert, Mandy O’Brien, posted an analysis of the interview, and suggested that Larson was “really trying to dominate [Hemsworth and Cheadle].” In a series of since-deleted tweets (via TooFab), Cheadle seemingly referenced O’Brien’s analysis and the subsequent viral stir it caused when he defended Larson by joking, “You should see my ‘body language’ right now” and “this is some of the funniest stuff I’ve ever heard.”
The one moment that stood out in the interview above all others, came after Hemsworth joked that Larson did her own stunts like Tom Cruise. At this suggestion, she retorted, somewhat angrily, “I’ll be the first me, not the next Tom Cruise, thank you very much.” Joke or not, Hemsworth did seem taken aback.