MCU Artist Andy Park Teases Thor: Love & Thunder Is Crazy & Insane

Andy Park, a Marvel Studios artist, teases Thor: Love and Thunder as “extremely wild.”

A Still of Chris Hemsworth's Thor From Thor: Love and Thunder
A Still of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor From Thor: Love and Thunder

Andy Park, a Marvel Studios artist, teases Thor: Love and Thunder as “extremely wild.” Taika Waititi, the director of Thor: Ragnarok, is back with Thor: Love and Thunder, in which Chris Hemsworth reprises his MCU role as Thor Odinson. The sequel is his seventh appearance as the character since he first appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. The film will also include the return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, who appears to be recast as Lady Thor in the new picture, and Christian Bale as the film’s antagonist, Gorr the God Butcher. Andy Park is Marvel’s Director of Visual Development, having worked on concept and design work for the MCU since Thor in 2011. Park is responsible for assisting in the creation of everything from costumes to vehicles to sets and more for the MCU, putting his mark on practically every major project from the studio in some capacity. The artist has worked on MCU films as well as Disney+ series like Hawkeye, which is presently available on the streaming service.

In an interview with Screen Rant, Park discussed what fans may anticipate from Thor: Love & Thunder:

A Still of Andy Park Marvel Studios Director of Visual Development
A Still of Andy Park Marvel Studios Director of Visual Development

In an interview with Screen Rant, Park discussed what fans can anticipate from Thor: Love & Thunder in terms of visual features, saying he’s happy to have worked on the movie with Waititi, who he claims “shook up the whole franchise” on the upcoming picture. Park continued, saying that the film is “extremely wild” and that he “can’t wait for everyone to watch it.” However, Park admits that Waititi’s altercation worried him a little, making him question if they were “going too far” with the picture. However, he claims that this is part of Marvel Studios’ tradition of refusing to “rest on their laurels and simply perform the expected.” He elaborated, saying:

Exclusive: “There’s a reason why this franchise has been successful for over a decade and why it’s still expanding. So Thor: Love and Thunder comes directly into the category of stretching the boundaries of what’s comfortable and expected. You’ll be startled and pushed by these personalities, and the aesthetics will reflect that. I believe [Waititi] stated that in an interview where he’s just like, he’s amazed that he’s even allowed to produce a film like this. And I understand. This film is insanely wild. It’s a lot of fun. And I can hardly wait for everyone to see it. because it was so much fun to work on, create, and keyframe so many characters. It’s going to be a fantastic one. It’s going to be a lot of fun. “

Waititi is no newcomer to disturbing the Thor series:

A Still of director Taika Waititi & Chris Hemsworth in the First look of Thor 4
A Still of director Taika Waititi & Chris Hemsworth in the First look of Thor Love & Thunder

Waititi is no stranger to upsetting the Thor series. Thor: Ragnarok, his MCU directing debut, was a significant departure in tone and style for the character, with more humour, more action, and a full redesign of the God of Thunder. The filmmaker had established himself as a quirky, stylish auteur, with films such as What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and Jojo Rabbit, which earned him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Waititi has already finished his next feature, Next Goal Wins, starring Michael Fassbender, and is about to start production on an adaptation of Moebius and Jodorowsky’s graphic novel, The Incal. Thor: Ragnarok was a welcome repositioning of Thor in the MCU, while some fans believed the film went too far into comedy. However, it is still regarded as a top-tier Marvel picture. It’s also the most profitable Thor picture to date, with each subsequent instalment adding $200 million to the total. If Thor: Love & Thunder follows suit, it might be the franchise’s first billion-dollar film, but that’s a tall order with cinemas still attempting to match pre-pandemic levels. Still, with Love & Thunder not arriving until July, there’s time for it to gain traction and try to outdo the prior entrants with its “crazy, wild” attitude.

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