It seems as though virtually every Marvel Studios film in recent memory has featured a character who has become an unexpected fan-favorite. Guardians of the Galaxy knew Rocket would be a big deal, but his popularity was quickly eclipsed by Groot's. Doctor Strange's Wong left more than a few fans wishing he had been the film's main character. And now, judging by early reaction to Thor: Ragnarok, the rocky-skinned Korg appears destined for similar levels of audience adoration.
Ahead of the film's theatrical release in the United States, and just after its oversea's debut, Marvel Studios concept artist Andy Park has shared an early design of the breakout character. While he typically posts his own artwork, this time Park is highlighting the work of Tully Summers, a fellow artist who depicted the friendly alien gladiator waving hello to the audience.
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Korg! Love this character in #ThorRagnarok @taikawaititi our esteemed director also played this rock creature in the film. He's one of those rare director, writer, actor AND artist! Quadruple threat!!!! The concept design of this character was done by Tully Summers. You can see his design artwork in The Art of Thor: Ragnarok coming out very soon! #korg #thor #gladiator #revolution #rock #creature #marvel #marvelstudios
Fans were introduced to Korg, played by director Taika Waititi, in a recent clip, in which he questioned fellow gladiator Thor’s relationship with his enchanted hammer, Mjolnir, offering a taste of what role the rocky Kronan will play in the film. Like Miek, an insectoid native to the savage world of Sakaar, Korg debuted in Marvel Comics’ fan-favorite “Planet Hulk” storyline, among the inspirations for Thor: Ragnarok.
“We have plans for Korg and Miek,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently revealed. “When and where we’ll have to wait and see, but we, like the audience now that they’ve seen them, can’t get enough.”
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.