Described by James Gunn as “the most colorful of all Marvel films,” Thor: Ragnarok clearly drew inspiration from the work of legendary comics artist Jack Kirby, most notably for the architecture and costumes of the planet Sakaar. However, his influence goes well beyond those flourishes, with Marvel Studios President calling the film a “unabashed love letter to Jack Kirby.”
Speaking with Screen Rant, Feige revealed how Thor: Ragnarok became a direct translation of Kirby’s artistic vision.
“The notion of the Jack Kirby elements. Walt Simonson has always been an influence on the Thor series for us, obviously, he’s done such amazing work in Thor,” he said. “Jack Kirby has been an influence on every Marvel movie we’ve ever made because he built the Marvel Universe with Stan, Steve Ditko, and the whole gang there. But this movie, and coincidentally being the 100th year anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth, we really wanted to be that unabashed love letter, and a film by Taika [Waititi], when talking to the art department, and saying, ‘Oh, look at that, it really should be like this,’ looking at Jack Kirby costumes and background panels, and the art department doing something inspired by it and then Taika going ‘No, no. Do this!’ [referencing exact Kirby art] And that’s why you have, it’s a direct translation of Kirby’s artwork, which hasn’t been seen in a movie before.”
Arriving Nov. 3, director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok 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/the Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
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