chris-hemsworth-768So it wasn’t Neil Patrick Harris after all. Oh no, it’s the dude who smites bad guys as a hammer-wielding Norse god in The Avengers. Chris Hemsworth will also get to fight off a terrorist hacker in Michael Mann’s upcoming cyber thriller, Blackhat, and battle a whale in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea. But apparently there was no contest when it came to naming the Aussie star this year’s Sexiest Man Alive.

The actor, 31, thought it was “pretty funny” when he first heard the news – as did his wife, Spanish model Elsa Pataky, 38, whom he wed in 2010.

“I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “I can just say to her, ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now.’ “

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