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Thor: Ragnarok Artist Explains Grandmaster’s Incomplete Hulk Statue

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Marvel Studios' Senior Illustrator Jackson Sze has revealed the reasoning behind the unfinished Hulk statue grafted to the side of the Grandmaster's palace, as seen in Thor: Ragnarok.

In a post to his Instagram, Sze provided a brief explanation of the thought process behind the conceptual design. "The VFX vendors had done a pass on the base building and Marvel wanted to see some design variations," Sze said. "One idea they wanted to see was famous Champions' heads on the exterior of the building."

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"I thought it would be cool to have Hulk be a new addition to the building as he is the Grandmaster's newest champion," Sze continued. "With Hulk's head in mid-construction, Thor will not recognize it as the Hulk when he first arrives, but we the audience can guess who that is. I am glad to see the idea in the film."

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Sze's design was used in the film to the desired effect, as Thor is unaware of Hulk's presence on the planet until he squares up against him in the Contest of Champions.

In theaters now, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Karl Urban as Skurge.

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