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Now Thor Concept Art Hits The Web

Just yesterday costume designs leaked online from Captain America: The First Avenger — didn’t it used to be The First Avenger: Captain America? — and now, courtesy of Collider, we get a look at similar concept art from Thor.

Oh, sure, it’s not nearly as big of a deal as the Captain America art — after all, Marvel Studios released a shadowy image of star Chris Hemsworth in costume more than a month ago — but it does show a glowing, but traditional-looking Mjolnir. So no Ultimates-style ax/hammer hybrid, apparently (thankfully?).

However, the images come across as … less than god-like, don’t they? The cape doesn’t have the heft of the Hemsworth photo and, from the waist down, Thor’s regal attire looks a little like a child’s ill-fitting $20 plastic Halloween costume.

Drew McWeeny of HitFix, who’s been to the Thor set and viewed Hemsworth’s final costume tests, confirms that what we’re seeing is the actual design, but cautions that “there are several details about it that are ill-served by those images.”

“For one thing, it does not appear to be made of vinyl or plastic when you see the costume in context and in motion,” he writes. “I’m surprised by how disco-shiny those photos make him look, because that’s not at all what it looks like in the film. There’s a real cloth and metal feel to all of the costuming, especially the Asgardian stuff.”

“Look, these images weren’t meant for public consumption,” McWeeny continues. “If you’re looking at these and thinking, ‘Oh, man, they got him totally wrong,’ relax. The world of Thor is big and rich and surprising, and I think once people actually see moving footage, they’re going to let go of any minor issues they have with button sizes or color palettes.”

Visit Collider to see the second image (in which Hemsworth, strangely, is shown looking a lot like Will Ferrell).

The Kenneth Branaugh-directed film, which stars Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins, is set to open on May 6, 2011.


  • DeVon

    I can imagine that in person or on film, this costume will look pretty sweet, especially if the shininess is toned down and it has more of a leather and worn metal look. Also, unless they do some CGI on him, he will never be quite as god-like as I imagined because Chris Hemsworth is not Triple H. Still, I like this costume overall. I think I'd rather have seen an on-set picture with a regular camera than a production quality character shot such as this. Kudos for a good job on Thor, guys!

  • Tom Fitzpatrick

    Let's hope that he doesn't have to say “ODIN!” like the tv Thor in a Incredible Hulk movie special years ago.

    That was just plain awful.

  • Nik

    I'm going to trust in the end product, but right now I'm not impressed.

  • RunnerX13

    Cool, but do all Norse warriors wear plastic armor?

  • Nick

    These are great!

  • Zeph

    It looks like Thor shops at French Connection.

  • Brianobx
  • ashley76

    Sweet, that looks awesome, can't wait for this movie.

  • dumbsaint

    Looks weird. As though someone shooped the head.

  • omni-man

    Hey, if a gay/disco Thor is your thing, this'll do it for you.

  • comicsaredead

    Yeah, he is definitely no Triple H.. Hemsworth can actually act. Triple H is good at acting like an adolescent child.

  • jmb418

    “Cool, but do all Norse warriors wear plastic armor?”

    Why, yes. Yes they do.

  • Antonio

    I really don't like the shoes. Something is just off about them in the context of the character.

  • Simon

    They did. It's a production photo to give an idea of what it's going to look like.

  • Ejay

    Guess there was no research into what a Norseman would wear, he looks like something out of any one of the number of recent vampire shows/movies. What was wrong with a 'slightly' tweaked version of Coipel's Thor? It would have played just fine since the primary colors were toned down, I'm not too sure about Disco Freddy here.

  • Hysan

    The complaining from fans just floors me. Because the Lee/Kirby version of the Norse myths was 100% accurate, right?

    Nothing will ever be 100% what you want. You're not “owed” anything. Be glad they have the technology and advancements to do this now.

    I'm fine with it. It's no more “silly” than a guy in a cape and yellow boots.

  • Matt Spatola

    You guys who are complaining of the shiny-ness or whatever of these pics need to remember these ARE NOT photos of Hemsworth. This is CGI concept art with a likeness of Hemsworth throw in to make it more relate-able to the eye. The finished, live version will probably have a few more tweeks to it.

  • P. Manetas

    Right now I am not impressed with the costume from the waist down, and the boots need to look heftier, like the comic, not like motorcycle boots.


    Does that look like a Norse God to anybody? They should have asked WETA to design the costume, Andy Kubert's Thor design from Neil Gaiman's 1602 is a whole lot better than that.

  • nick

    I hope you're right.

  • alister28

    Sweet! I feel like dancing!

  • Grant

    What he said.

    The photo of Hemsworth looked great. And we saw how big the hammer was in Iron Man 2. The images don't show use what kind of material and fabric they are using in the costume. Not to mention how it would be lit.

    This as Drew McWeeny said was not for our eyes. It was probably to demonstrate to people working on the movie what Hemsworth would look in the costume. I wouldn't be surprised if we there was a bunch of these with different actors faces on top of Thor. Otherwise I think the actual design looks cool. He really looks like a sci-fi cosmic God.

  • lead sharp


    Not impressed. I completely appreciate that it's a polished finished design pic' and all that but…

    I think if you initial reaction to something that is supposed to be a NORSE GOD OF THUNDER! is 'Ermmmm…' you're onto to a fail.

    After seeing Cap' my hopes were buoyed up again (let's face it as good as Hulk was and as OK as Iron Man 2 was as two tent poles for the Avengers movie they were pretty shaky) but this? I'm starting to reach saturation point with comic adaptations. I just don't care any more.

  • johnperker

    it looks cool from the waist up. it looks a little to techie and not enough viking warrior

  • johnperker

    it looks a bit too techie and not enough viking god.

  • Boomtuber

    Totally agree with you; this has nothing norse….

  • Boomtuber

    Well, there is nothing wrong with updating a costume, but this one doesn't cut it for me; too Matrix, plastic-like… Kirby created an iconic character, and after almost 50 years of it, one expects a lineage, a continuity, and why not, an improvement upon the original likeness, such as Olivier Coipel did… Why not round, silver, metal discs on the costume instead of these plastic, incrusted ones? Such are the things that annoy me, for a start…

  • Time Travel Is Possible

    Back in the eighties, I still can't believe they didn't get Thor to play Thor.

  • Nik

    In the close up picture, he looks like Will Farrel doing a George W. impression. I can't look at that pic and not laugh.

  • Kevin

    Where's his hat? Seriously, where the fuck is his helmet? I WANNA SEE HIS HAAATTT!!!!!

  • Cainraw

    KIrby's Thor had briefs and thigh high spiked boots with a sleeveless skintight shirt . You really think that would translate well to a live action movie? Really? I agree with Coipel's look,and I'm glad they are incorporating more of that than the classic look.

  • Guest

    I liked the Cap design, but this is just too gay. Seriously. Should be more plain, less tight, with more cloth and less plastic/rubber/whatever. The boots are Lady Gaga-kitsch. Those need to go.

  • Mcg_frd

    it looks trashy it looks like a little kids halloween costume i mean it also looks like they stole the boots from batman's suit and if that's how he's suppose to look in real life he needs to be more bulkier i mean come on why in the world is he wearing regular pants it would of been more better if his pants were made like his arm sleeves…… and where the hell is his helmet