Ragnarok arrives in the new God of War. Kratos and his son Atreus may be preparing to fight some of the remaining members in the Norse pantheon, and we know for sure one will appear. In a stinger taunt at the end of the previous game, Thor, the legendary god of thunder, arrived at our protagonists’ front door without warning. We all know the headstrong, muscular Thor from the MCU or other depictions, but Sony Santa Monica is taking a different approach to the popular mythological figure. Our own Alex Stadnik spoke with God of War: Ragnarok director Eric Williams and creative director Cory Barlog about how the Asgardian is depicted in the new game and why the team settled on his rounded physique.
“Well, I don’t know, we just want him to be a big boy, you know. Marvel’s interpretation of him is one thing. It is interesting. We wanted to, you know, dig a little deeper into the mythology itself, ”says Williams of Thor having a bigger body type. Being godly is all about presence, and while this version of Thor doesn’t look like a sculpted underwear model, his traits of power and intensity are no less effective. Williams also talks about people he meets in real life who are taller in stature and how that translates to Thor: “They have an immediate presence. And it is not always due to the muscles. They are like a wall of a human being, you know. So this is a wall of God, you know, and that’s why it was very important. “
“I think there’s something so fantastic about it that not everything has to be this kind of gleaming muscle hulk concept to remain fantastic and powerful and intimidating,” chimed in Cory Barlog. However, according to Williams, this version of Thor will be a bit immature because he wields all that power. “I wanted him to feel almost like a boy child, you know, like you have so much power and you can do those things, you’re not going to grow up. You don’t have to. Just do what you want,” Describes Williams as the central vision of this Thor. . In our full interview, Williams talks about what Thor is like as a character in this world and his relationship with his children in the previous God of War.
It’s comforting to see that a character who normally looks like Chris Hemsworth type doesn’t have the ideal Hollywood body shape. Big bodies are real and they are everywhere. They should be celebrated and featured in all media. We can’t wait to see more of this “big boy” Thor in action and how he’s woven into the God of War: Ragnarok storyline, even if we have to beat him up along the way.
Our full interview with Eric Williams and Sony Santa Monica Creative Director Cory Barlog will be available in the next few days. Be sure to check it out when it goes live on this very website next week, but in the meantime, take a look at how Eric Williams is bringing a new perspective to this arc in the franchise here!