If director Taika Waiter had taken his cue from concept art just released by Marvel Studios artist Andy Park, Chris Hemsworth's Asgardian superhero could have found himself sporting a very different haircut in Thor: Ragnarok.
As the visual development supervisor for Marvel Studios, Park has worked on many films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and luckily for fans, he has a tendency to share his work online once the films have been released.
Park is continuing that tradition by sharing some of his concept work on Thor: Ragnarok over the Thanksgiving weekend. The images, below, indicate that not only was a haircut for the God of Thunder in the works from early on, the Avenger's mythological powerhouse might have experienced and even more drastic change in appearance had these pieces of art been more closely followed.
Here's a closeup of an early gladiator concept design l painted up of Thor from #ThorRagnarok @TaikaWaititi wanted to go short w/his hair so I went for it! #thor @chrishemsworth pic.twitter.com/7I7ACiKVCY— Andy Park (@andyparkart) November 26, 2017
Here's a early design version I did of Thor's gladiator look during preproduction of #ThorRagnarok I was going for the armored look reminiscent to Odin's from the Thor: God of Thunder series @chrishemsworth #thor pic.twitter.com/UJ8cMsZX2S— Andy Park (@andyparkart) November 25, 2017
In theaters now, Thor: Ragnarok 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.