The original concept art for Thor: Ragnarok's Grandmaster was far more comic book accurate than the final design -- and looked far less like Jeff Goldblum.
Senior Illustrator at Marvel Studios Jackson Sze shared the first design he created for The Grandmaster on Instagram. The artwork depicts the character as co-creator Sal Buscema originally presented him. As Sze mentions in his post, Marvel Studios always looks to the source first before deviating. This design was likely created before Goldblum was even cast in the role.
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One of my first takes on The GrandMaster. My co-worker @constantinesekeris did the final design you see in the film. When doing the first designs for existing characters, we always look to the comic sources first. - - - - - #thorragnarok #thor #marvelstudios #marvelcinematicuniverse #grandmaster #conceptart #conceptdesign #characterdesign #digitalart #digitalpainting #illustration
In his post, Sze credits his coworker Constantine Sekeris, who developed the final look for the film.
In theaters now, Thor: Ragnarok recently passed $300 million at the domestic box office. The sequel is expected to finish somewhere between $860 million and $880 million in its worldwide theatrical run. The film is directed by Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.