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“It’s what we called ‘the Extreme Thor'”: Marvel Designer Andy Park Breaks Silence on THAT Infamous Chris Hemsworth Costume Change in Thor: Love and Thunder

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The introduction of a new look for the main character in movie or TV series is one full of excitement and awe. In Thor: Love and Thunder‘s case, however, the outcome was slightly different- the son of Odin straight up looked like a clown with THAT new costume.

Chris Hemsworth has been playing the role of Thor in the MCU for over a decade and he hasn’t slowed down one bit. Hemsworth’s swagger and good looks have cemented him as the face of Thor in the eyes of Marvel fans, but that one costume change in the latest installment in the Thor franchise was downright horrendous, and here’s why.

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The logo for Thor: Love and Thunder

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The Thor: Love and Thunder Costume Change Is Supposed To Represent His Insecurities

This wouldn’t be the first time that we’d look at Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and question what we are seeing, the overweight version of the character in Avengers: Endgame after failing to save the world was one to laugh out loud for.

But the costume change in Thor: Love and Thunder has got to be next in line in the list of times that we’ve seen Thor looking like absolute filth.

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A still from the movie

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No matter how much we criticize the costume change in Thor: Love and Thunder,  it was kind of necessary to progress Thor as a character. Marvel designer Andy Park has revealed the very reason why Thor got a wardrobe crisis in a recent interview with Screen Crush-

That one was challenging just because of the nature of it. It’s what we called “the Extreme Thor.” So it’s as far as we can go. So myself and the other artists, we were pushing it — especially because we’re working with Taika and he wants to push us as far as possible, even to the point that you’re laughing as you’re looking at it. You have to go there where it is. Then once they started liking my direction, from that point on, I’m doing version after version of fine tuning all the elements. He had a version that was supposed to be more toned down; we coined it “The Toned-Down Version” and then from there he sees Jane and he transforms. He gets a little insecure.

Thor’s reunion with his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster is revealed to have been the reason behind the costume change. It was all done to compensate for his insecurities that were leaking at the sight of Foster, who was wielding the hammer and wearing a costume similar to Thor’s.

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Christian Bale Filmed R-Rated Scenes For Thor: Love and Thunder

Chrisitan Bale is a terrific actor and has proven himself over and over with a lot of movies in his filmography. Bale’s career has also been highlighted by movies that generally have a dark tone to them- gritty, gory, crazy, involving psychopaths, and so on.

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Bale in Thor: Love and Thunder

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In a recent interview with Inverse, it seems like the 48-year-old actor had plans to bring all those years of experience to the somewhat family-friendly Thor: Love and Thunder.

The actor spoke to Inverse about having filmed R-rated scenes for the movie that were later discarded-

“Taika and me, we kind of knew that some of the stuff we were doing probably wouldn’t end up in the film, but we wanted to just push it and see. Ultimately, it is and should be a film that all the family can go and enjoy. And Chris Hemsworth, a couple of times he looked at me it was like, Dude, that’s a little too far. I don’t think anyone’s gonna want to see that unless it’s an R-rated film. but it was a great joy to give it a shot. And we had a lot of fun in there doing certain scenes and takes on certain scene choices, even if they didn’t end up in the final cut.”

Bale’s words informing us about the deleted R-Rated scenes just makes me want to see those scenes even more, but it’s completely understandable why those scenes never made it into the final cut- those kids would’ve been scarred.
Thor: Love and Thunder is currently available for streaming on Disney+.
Source: Screen Rant

Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is working as a content writer for FandomWire. He has written over 100 articles for the entertainment website by reporting on the latest news in the pop culture industry- whether it be on the latest Marvel flick or a groundbreaking DC update. He has previously worked for LeftOye as a content writer too, working on over 150 articles. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University