Thor: Ragnarok might be Marvel Studios' most comic book-y film to date. Besides borrowing elements from Jack Kirby's original take on Thor, and the recent "Planet Hulk" storyline, the Taika Waititi-directed film is heavily inspired by the Thor comics written and drawn by legend Walt Simonson. Reacting to the film's faithful adaptation of his material, Simonson took to Twitter, sharing some side-by-side comparisons showcasing his original art (via MarvelStudiosMovies) juxtaposed with jaw-dropping stills from the third Thor epic.
From the villainous Hela to Skurge the Executioner and the fiery demon Surtur, Ragnarok clearly took a lot of cues from Simonson's landmark run. The writer-artist wrote in a post, "Okay. This is simultaneously really neat and pretty surreal."
Okay. This is simultaneously really neat and pretty surreal. :-) https://t.co/FbfSaodBLH
— Walter Simonson (@WalterSimonson) September 11, 2017
Take a look at the side-by-side comparisons below.
Simonson was of course responsible for writing and drawing one of the most beloved runs on Thor from 1983-1987. Over the course of his run he introduced the fan-favorite character Beta Ray Bill, and countless other elements to the mythos.
Arriving Nov. 3, 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.