The latest Thor movie is due to drop in 2022, and a recent photograph has highlighted a cool new costume for our favorite Norse god.
Thor: Love and Thunder will pick up the story of Thor after the events of Endgame, and will see a very different character, played by Chris Hemsworth. "In the 2019 epic, Thor’s failure to defeat Thanos saw him retreat to a small village, get fat and play video games," according to Collider's story, "‘Avengers: Endgame’: In Defense of Fat Thor." If the recent photographs from the set of the upcoming film are anything to go by, we’re going to see that downward spiral reversed. Which you would expect, otherwise it might not be the best film in the series for action fans, Thor just sitting about at home, playing video games! One set of photographs revealed by Den of Geek sees Hemsworth sporting some very eighties-themed workout gear, suggesting a regime focused on getting him back in shape to protect the world. That is not the aspect Comic Book Yeti readers will be fascinated by though. Instead, we are sure you'll be eager to see his proper action attire!
Before we see his new look, it's worth remembering some of the more adventurous versions of Thor we have seen through the years. Who can forget Revenger Thor from Earth-10011, also known as the Cancerverse, a darker version of the hero corrupted by Lord Mar-Vell, only to be defeated by none other than Thanos? Whilst Hemsworth’s Thor called his new superhero collective ‘The Revengers’ in the 2017 film, Thor: Ragnarök, it is unlikely we will see this darker version on screen. There was also Zombie Thor, the result of Marvel’s partnership with the Walking Dead, which focused on an infection that turned each character into a hungry zombie. It resulted in our favorite Asgardian becoming brain dead and unworthy of wielding Mjolnir, instead having to fashion a makeshift hammer out of debris. Fascinating, but terrifying in equal measure. In fact, Thor has had many looks across comic books, films, and games, with his influence seeping into all aspects of pop culture. He is usually depicted with a breastplate, red cape, and long, flowing golden hair, sometimes with the added accessory of a hat, such as when he appeared in Marvel Avengers on the PlayStation 4. He has been seen in other games too: Foxy Games has two titles featuring Thor’s likeness, namely Thor’s Lightning and Thor’s Vengeance where he has cartoon styling, leaning on traits such as the breastplate and hair by adding a comic-book style twist, not unlike the Thor character from Earth-8311 in 1986. He has also appeared in Lego Marvel Superheroes, with the distinctive facial expression of the popular toy characters and a rather un-Thor-like blond quiff!
What can we glean then from the photographs of the new Thor? There are two interesting details which differ from the other recent films, both of which will have comic book fans delighted. The first is that Thor’s jacket appears to be sleeveless for the first time in the series, whilst the other detail is his boots. They appear to have the crisscrossed yellow straps that have been a feature of the character since his first appearance in 1962. Whilst these are small details, they do suggest that filmmakers are drawing inspiration from another Thor character – Thunderstrike from the early nineties. Could we see a return for Eric Masterson, aka Thunderstrike in the film? Or is the design purely coincidental? We will have to wait until 2022 to find out, but at least we know we will not be seeing Zombie Thor in the films!