Stunning Unused Ragnarok Concept Art Shows Us A Very Different Looking Thor

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Blade Runner 2049 notwithstanding, Thor: Ragnarok will be remembered as one of the best-looking movies of 2017.

Between them, writer-director Taika Waititi and Javier Aguirresarobe, the cinematographer tasked with bringing Sakaar’s technicolor vistas to life, created a wondrous space oddity for Thor’s third (and final?) solo adventure, and today brings forth a batch of beautiful concept art that allows you to trace the evolution of the hero’s gladiator costume in the pic, which originally looked quite different.

Don’t believe us? Check out the gallery below for a glimpse at what concept artist Andy Park originally envisioned for the mighty God of Thunder:

Pretty neat, right? While we’re not sure if any of these designs are better than what we ultimately got, some of them are well executed and probably could have worked in the film. The purple and blue one is particularly eye-catching and would have fit right in with Ragnarok‘s visual tone. Again, though, what Waititi ended up going with was great and as we all know, things turned out perfectly fine for the threequel.

In fact, with a global box office haul of $841 million, it’s no wonder the director is beginning to drop hints about working with Marvel on a future project. The New Zealand filmmaker is currently one of the most sought-after creators in the business, and though his zany Black Widow pitch might be too much of a stretch, it’s nigh on certain that Waititi will be back working within the MCU sooner rather than later. Other Marvel characters are still on the table, it seems, though he’ll likely stick with the God of Thunder. And can you really blame him?

Now that Asgard has been reduced to a smoldering pile of ashes, next up for Thor is the release of Avengers: Infinity War, which will see Chris Hemsworth’s hero buddy up with scores of costumed crusaders (Spider-Man included!) when the ensemble piece arrives on May 4th, 2018.

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