Idea Artist Andy Park On The Mighty Thor And Thor’s New Fits (Unique)

Thor: Love and Thunder was a visible delight, with moments that appeared like they’d been torn straight from the pages of the comedian books. On the coronary heart of creating these moments a actuality is Marvel Studios Director of Visible Improvement and idea artist Andy Park.

He is been with Marvel Studios since Captain America: The First Avenger, and is accountable for lots of the most iconic costumes and moments we have seen within the MCU. Other than Thor: Love and Thunder, Andy has not too long ago labored on the likes of Black Widow, WandaVision, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and 2023’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Speaking to us about his work on Thor: Love and Thunder to coincide with its dwelling leisure launch, Andy breaks down the strategy of bringing The Mighty Thor and Thor’s comedian guide costumes – and helmets – to the massive display screen. The artist additionally discusses his comedian guide inspirations, and the way Marvel Studios handles comic-accurate designs. 

That features reflecting on the Scarlet Witch’s evolution, and the enjoyment he took in designing the MCU’s Hercules for his debut on this blockbuster’s standout mid-credits scene.

Take a look at our full interview with Andy about his newest MCU work under:

The Mighty Thor costume from the comics is superior, but additionally fairly a easy design in that it’s primarily a silver chest piece. Did you mess around with that in any respect or was it all the time the plan to convey the costume extra in step with the MCU’s Thor?

It’s silver, isn’t it? [Laughs] Typically, we do a complete vary from the comedian correct to variations I did the place it was a darkish, not black armour, however type of. Our job within the Visible Improvement division is to present them choices. We’re going to do the extra comic-accurate ones, however I did ones there – and I don’t know the best way to describe it – however they’d that high half and a separation across the ribcage with all these rivets and the whole lot. I did different variations extra in step with the MCU and the unique Thor and that’s the one they pivoted extra in the direction of. I even did one which had the collar that the comedian books have, however once more, they picked the another alongside the strains of the MCU model. That’s our job: give them the vary after which, primarily based on having their notes and what they like, we begin fine-tuning to finalise that remaining design. I did variations giving her the armoured arms or as soon as sleeve like within the comics, however on the finish of the day, Taika wished to have each of Jane’s arms – her weapons – displaying. That was not a mistaken resolution!

Taika Waititi introduced quite a lot of color into the franchise with Thor: Ragnarok, so did he push for that Walt Simonson-inspired blue and gold for Thor or was {that a} costume you’d been ready to counsel?

what, I don’t suppose Taika ever talked about the God Armour from the mid-80s particularly. He simply mentioned, ‘I need an excessive model of Thor.’ Figuring out the story that, basically he sees Jane and doesn’t need to be one-upped by her and turns into a bit insecure, that’s why he seems to be that method. For me, I grew up within the 80s studying Marvel Comics. That’s my interval, the mid-80s. I keep in mind that armour. Shiny blue and gold and the whole lot was massive and ostentatious. His cape was greater than ever! That was my inspiration, so I took that and ran with it. Additionally, with the language of the MCU, we did all completely different variations of that. How a lot metallic? Every little thing, even all the way down to how he transforms from a extra toned-down model of that to a really excessive model of that. I did some animations displaying how, at first, he would have just one shoulder piece, however as soon as he transforms after seeing Jane, now he has 4 and extra gold than ever, every bit will get greater, the cape will get longer, the helmet goes, and within the animation, I even made his hair develop a bit longer on the finish. Not all that stuff made it into the movie, however that’s the method. It’s actually enjoyable presenting these issues in a giant room with Taika and all of the execs and seeing their reactions.

Jane does get to put on her helmet lots on this movie, and Thor additionally briefly dons one, however what did you get pleasure from most about designing these?

As a result of I’m a comic book guide fan, any time I get to do helmets, that’s a few of the most enjoyable. On the finish of the day, I’m a child studying comedian books and it’s all about their secret id and hiding that with some type of masks or helmet. Whenever you’re a child, you placed on a masks. There aren’t quite a lot of helmets within the MCU. Anytime you get an opportunity to do this, it’s actually enjoyable, so attending to do the Jane and Thor helmets was nice. It’s all the time enjoyable taking part in off a design, so once I’m designing the Jane as Mighty Thor helmet second, I’m additionally designing Thor’s excessive helmet. Evaluating and contrasting. Clearly, Jane’s shall be primarily silver with the burgundy color, however with Thor, it’s just about all gold and quite a lot of blues right here and there. That’s quite a lot of enjoyable. 

Thor will get a really cool black and gold costume for that remaining scene within the movie; are you able to speak us by way of what the thought course of was behind that individual design? 

what, I’ve been which means to look into it, however so far as I do know it’s the identical costume! I’m not 100% if it’s black and gold as a result of if that occurred, it was in VFX throughout publish once they’re filming and enhancing. Perhaps there was a choice then to make it black and gold, however to me, I noticed it as the identical costume. I don’t know, I could possibly be mistaken [Laughs].

I believe I have to go and test my TV settings.

[Laughs] It wasn’t a daytime setting so it wasn’t so contrast-y, however so far as I do know, it’s the identical costume. 

You’ve now been capable of take two characters, Scarlet Witch and the Mighty Thor, down extremely comic-accurate routes with their costumes. These films have all the time caught to these, however now the MCU is so profitable, is it changing into simpler to borrow concepts from the supply materials in methods we’d not have seen a couple of years in the past? 

, I’ve heard some web chatter with folks saying that in current instances [the costumes] are extra comedian correct, however I don’t know. Since I’ve been working right here from 2010, I labored on the primary Captain America after which just about the whole lot since. I really feel like we’re simply doing the identical factor we’ve all the time carried out. After I see a few of the early costumes, they’re fairly comedian correct from Captain America to Iron Man to Hulk to Thor [Laughs]. Even Black Widow and Hawkeye. Numerous the originals are fairly comic-accurate. After all, there may be going to be some characters all through the years that veered away from a few of that. You might say Ant-Man is sort of a departure from the unique comics. For me, I really feel like we’re persevering with what it’s. There’s no mandate saying, ‘Oh, let’s be extra comedian correct by way of the years.’ There’s nothing like that and, to me and the filmmakers, nothing had modified.

Actually, it comes down to 2 issues. The filmmaker and the script. One thing like Scarlet Witch, I labored on Avengers: Age of Ultron and I used to be engaged on her designs. As a result of I’m a fan and skim comics within the Nineteen Eighties, the very first thing I did with out studying a script was a comic-accurate model. I did it after which I learn the script and went, ‘There’s no method they’re going to select this. It doesn’t make sense. She’s not a superhero or a supervillain; she’s only a Sokovian.’ I did it with the crown and, after all, in that assembly, they mentioned, ‘Good attempt, It doesn’t make sense.’ The fan in me was disillusioned that she simply wears a pink jacket, but it surely’s a nod to the comics by way of real-world clothes. Then, I did an up to date design in Civil Struggle after which after we obtained to WandaVision, that’s once I learn the script and talked to the producer Mary Livanos and was like, ‘There’s a plan, proper? There’s a cause now we get to see this? She was by no means known as the Scarlet Witch. It was all the time Wanda Maximoff and now she turns into the Scarlet Witch.’ 

That’s not comic-accurate. That’s not how issues went. She was known as Scarlet Witch from the get-go, however the genius of what Kevin [Feige] and these creators do, and we assist contribute to that, is seeing this fuller journey the place she turns into Scarlet Witch and it justifies why she has a comic book correct costume. It turns into extra beneficial than if we simply noticed from the get-go sporting this Scarlet Witch costume we see in WandaVision and Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity. Nothing has actually modified to reply your query [Laughs]

I’ve to ask about Hercules; was he somebody you labored on for this challenge and, in that case, what are you able to inform us about creating his first live-action costume?

I obtained to design that one which was actually enjoyable as a result of Brett, earlier than I designed it, I had simply completed watching him in Ted Lasso [Laughs]. I really like that present and the primary time I noticed he was this character I mentioned, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s going to play Hercules?’ I went to designing that and, once more, rising up within the 80s and 90s with Marvel Comics, he was a part of The Avengers. Anytime we get to introduce a brand new character within the MCU, each single time we’ve carried out that, whereas I’m portray and designing, I’m similar to a child once more and I have to cease myself after some time as a result of it’s not assured that you just’ll be the one to design it and there are quite a lot of artists right here who do wonderful work. Simply the truth that you’re contributing and doing designs for that character is admittedly enjoyable. It turns into a query of each time we do a design, ‘How comedian correct are you able to be?’ I did quite a lot of completely different variations and one obtained picked. We obtained to see it ultimately credit and that was such a deal with to have the ability to see that and in addition enjoyable to be within the viewers whether or not it was within the premiere or once I watched it after with a daily viewers to see the response. That’s all the time the ultimate cherry on high.

Thor: Love and Thunder is now accessible on Digital and shall be accessible on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD September 27.




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