Creators of Thor and actor Chris Hemsworth gambled with the God of Thunder’s image over the years and the makeover was well worth it
Marvel’s Infinity Saga gave us some amazing character arcs and most relatable superheroes. While Tony Stark and Captain America came full circle in their though processes and destiny. The real God in the original trio had the most humane issues. Played by actor Chris Hemsworth, Thor had his coming of age over the years.
From a short-tempered ready to wage-a-war God to King Thor from missing the head to going for Mad Titan’s head and the Lebowski look! We have enjoyed Thor in all his glory.
Over the weekend artiste, Andy Park gave fans a glimpse into his various versions of the God of Thunder. The visual creator who directs Marvel Studios’ Visual Development shared concept art from the Thor franchise.
The Good Old Thor
The first rendition is from 2013 Thor: The Dark World. Remember the final scene where Thor comes back to kiss Jane Foster? Yes, Park shared the keyframe of that particular scene.
One can see in the concept art Thor’s long golden locks and that Chris Hemsworth’s first costume details. The Shakespearean effect is thanks to director Alan Taylor. Park mentions in the difficulty in rendering the costume created by Charlie Wen, Marvel Studios’ ex-Head of Visual Development.
Trivia: Actor Natalie Portman was unavailable for the re-shoot of the said final scene. Therefore, Chris Hemsworth’s wife Elsa Pataky filled in at the last minute to shoot the kissing scene.
Next came the Quarantined or Old Man Thor (Take your pick!) Well, director Taika Waititi who directed the third instalment Thor: Ragnarok wanted to rediscover the character with Chris Hemsworth and Kevin Feige. His direction to Park was simple the artist had to conceptualize a scruffy or road-worn look for Thor.
It makes sense given Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth were looking for an image makeover as the Lord of Thunder.
One can see the worn-torn costume similar to what Thor donned in Ragnarok. The long lock is seemingly sticky, grown out beard, and wrinkled droopy eyes. Looks like some actual Old Man Thor inspiration from the comic books.
No matter how extreme this look is Hemsworth might have just carried the look well!
Ever thought what if Stan Lee went crazy in his Thor: Ragnarok cameo and chopped off all of Thor’s golden locks?
Park’s Thor concept art shows us. Going to another extreme of the spectrum Park decided to give the Lord of Thunder an extreme haircut and armour. One can see Thor in a metallic armour, the design echoes the final looks of the movie. While he’s got extremely short crop hair, almost bald with no facial hair.
That would have been a real extreme, no?
Special Mention: Fat Thor
Everything is incomparable when it comes to Fat Thor. Despite Park’s extreme versions of Thor what we got in Endgame really shook the audience. Russo’s and Hemsworth gambled with the God of Thunder’s image and it paid off!
Hemsworth brilliantly enacts a PTSD ridden, ‘fat Thor’ on-screen under that bodysuit. Losing a father, mother, Lil brother, a best friend; killing your own sister and leaving your realm only to get half of the population killed– is going to be hard on even a God.
The best thin g about Fat Thor was that at end of the movie he didn’t magically loose weight. In the final battle he was fat and worthy! It can’t get more relatable than that!
While he is yet to come back one more time in Love and Thunder there can’t be a more satisfactory closure to Thor’s character arc in Infinity Saga. Taika Waititi has mentioned that Thor will regain his former glory in times to come.
And fans will be gladly waiting for that as well!