What started as an awkward friendship eventually turned into a life-long bond.
They’ve been working together far longer than any of the rest of the Avengers cast, and Tom supposes that gives them a bit of an edge, character-wise.
Regardless, he’s never felt more at home than he does working alongside this incredible gathering of talent and genuinely wonderful people. He thinks that perhaps he and Chris stumbled onto the winning tickets of some Hollywood lottery without even knowing it, but he’s sure as hell not regretting any of it.
His life has transformed from working occasional theatre gigs to jumping onboard one of the largest cinematic franchises in the history of the industry and that thought still overwhelms him a bit. Hell, before Thor, he was a nobody. Barely anyone knew what he’d done career-wise, let alone his name. Now, there are billboards the size of houses with his face plastered on them scattered throughout the world.
It’s surreal at the best of times, but Chris is always there. No matter what, even when they’re several continents apart, he’s always there. He’s the steady bedrock in the midst of the storm and Tom counts himself blessed a hundred times over to know him.
Their relationship is fluid in the most interesting ways, and Tom finds he doesn’t really care to label it. There is intimacy, obviously, but not always in the way you’d expect. Sometimes, it’s just the firm placement of Chris’ hand on the slope of his shoulder, holding on tight enough to say ‘this is mine’ without actually saying anything at all.
Tom revels in it. He revels in the time they get to spend together, he revels in being able to help Elsa out if Chris has a shoot or a press conference to attend, he revels in being called at two in the morning to be updated on yet another wonderful thing India has accomplished in her first weeks of life, he revels in knowing that he’s part of this little family that’s slowly growing.
The sequel to Thor will be coming out next year, and the sequel to the Avengers following soon after. They’ve got a packed schedule, but they’ll be weathering it together. Tom wouldn’t have it any other way.