Game News God of War Ragnarok: the interpreter of Thor was inspired by a Marvel hero, but not the MCU version of the Nordic god
God of War Ragnarök has finally arrived, much to the delight of fans of the god of war Kratos. For the promotion of the app, actor Ryan Hurst, interpreter of Thor, returned to his inspirations to perfect his role. He admits to having drawn from the Marvel side, but certainly not from the MCU version of the Scandinavian god.
All the gratin of Asgard
Fans have already been able to reunite with Kratos and his son Atreus for the final chapter of the Nordic saga of God of War with the release of Ragnarok. While we had barely seen all that Scandinavian mythology had to offer with the 2018 opus, this time the Santa Monica Studios teams intend to reveal all its secrets to us.
Not content to take us on a journey through all of the nine realms, Ragnarök also allows you to meet a whole cast of stars, such as Heimdall, Nidhogg, Angrboda, but also and above all Odin, the king of Asgard, the father of everything, as well as his son Thor, bearer of the legendary hammer Mjölnir.
If recently the cultural productions around the world of the Vikings have multiplied (video game with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the Vikings series, manga and anime with Vinland Saga…), we have to admit that the most famous representation of Scandinavian folklore today remains that of the MCU. At Marvel, the Asgardians are a benevolent people, and Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) is a brave warrior, if naive and a little too sure of himself.
But in the initial stories, we remain very far from this immaculate image, while the Aesir are just as often venerable as they are treacherous. It is precisely more to this representation that Santa Monica wanted to correspond with their version, as explained by Matt Sophos (main screenwriter), Raf Grassetti (artistic director) and Ryan Hurst (interpreter of Thor) with variety.
We took the opposite of everything that Marvel had established, with us the Aesir are the bad guys, while the giants are the good guys. From all we know of Norse mythology, the gods were far more nuanced than in most popular depictions. – Matt Sophos, Principal Writer of God of War Ragnarök
In fact, the treatment given to characters like Thor is far removed from the character played by Chris Hemsworth. In Ragnarök, the character corresponds more to a “ruthless killing machine”. This did not prevent Ryan Hurst, his interpreter, from drawing on the side of the Marvel team to build his version of the god of thunder.
Marvel in Thor, but not Thor
To build this whole version of Thor, Ryan Hurst explained to draw elements from various characters. First, he quotes the character Ed Tom Bell, Sheriff from the movie No Country for Old Menplayed by Tommy Lee Jones.
She was a powerful person who contained a lot of regret manifesting in her voice.
But the actor also quotes a less confidential character, coming straight from the House of Ideas: The Incredible Hulk.
Both characters possess this uncontrollable amount of rage and anger, sometimes not knowing who or what to direct them to. They also both love fighting. We find a bit of that with the “Hulk Smash” line, but in a more nuanced way. The way I interpreted it is that you have to have access to superhuman amounts of strength, rage, and unpredictability.
Matt Sophos goes further and compares Kratos to the god of thunder. In a way, Thor functions as a reflection of Kratos according to him.
He’s just trying to hold on to what’s left of his family. He tries to be better, but he ends up believing he can’t, because his father Odin told him he couldn’t be more than he already was, that he’ll just stay Odin’s instrument that uses him whenever he needs to kill.
Players can already find this version of Thor with God of War Ragnarök on PS4 and PS5.
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