It's not uncommon for a character to get new costumes as a big screen superhero franchise expands from sequel to sequel -- in fact, it's pretty much the norm -- and oftentimes the new uniform comes with a different hairstyle. But when Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder had his golden locks shorn for Thor: Ragnarok, it was particularly noticeable and newsworthy.
Generally, this sort of change is about licensing, or a carefully planned move to represent a character's growth in a visual manner. But in an upcoming interview with CBR, Ragnarok screenwriter Eric Pearson reveals that the real reason for Thor's new 'do had little to do with Marvel's desire to license new action figures of the character, and more to do with simple practicality.
"When I arrived, there were certain things they had already decided," Pearson told CBR. "'We’re going to break the hammer.. Another one was, 'We’re going to cut the hair.' I said, 'Why?' 'Hemsworth doesn’t want to wear the wig. It takes a lot of time to get it right.'"
As audiences will learn, the film took a change that was made for, basically, convenience, and turned it into a move that helps illustrate the growth Hemsworth's character has experienced over the course of his journey across the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As Pearson explains, the haircut (along with the loss of Mjolnir) became part of a reimagining of the hero. "Thematically, what it turned into is, we were really stripping Thor down in this movie."
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Opening in North America on November 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/Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.