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By Christina Pham & Marc Strom
It’s not often you see a man walking around town decked out in armor, a bright red cape, and wielding a very interesting looking hammer. But in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor’s unique look helps him fit right in with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk.
|Thor concept art by Charlie Wen from "Marvel's The Avengers"|
The film’s Visual Development Supervisor, Charlie Wen, returned to the design he originated for Thor in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” giving the hero a few tweaks as necessary but retaining the iconic look movie audiences have come to love.
Wen sat down with Marvel.com to discuss the Mighty Avenger’s new look and giving Thor a more casual outfit for relaxing with his teammates in between battles.
Marvel.com: What were some of the things you had to change, simply by virtue of bringing Thor from a movie where he was surrounded by similarly-dressed Asgardians to one where he’s flanked by these other heroes?
Charlie Wen: In “Thor,” he was more warrior-like. It was more of a battle-ready costume. [“Marvel’s The Avengers” director] Joss [Whedon] wanted more super heroes on this one, and we went in that direction. You see the blues in Thor’s costume more in this film, which blend better together in that way. The effect is that [the heroes] do gel together better, color-wise.
|Thor in a more casual outfit from "Marvel's The Avengers"|
Marvel.com: In most scenes, he’s not wearing his cape, unless in battle. Was that something you had to account for?
Charlie Wen: It was. There were two costumes I had to design, [including] one where he is able to walk around and hang out, so he’s not always moving his cape aside when he needs to sit down just to drink coffee. It’s just something he can have to hang out with the guys.
Marvel.com: Did you do any work redesigning or rearranging the chest pieces and emblems for this film?
Charlie Wen: Overall, they stayed pretty close to the same area. There were slight changes, more along the lines of bringing the cape size down a bit. I kept [the chest pieces] mostly in the same places. That’s one of the things I saw on him that I didn’t want to change, if at all possible. I wanted to keep it constant, so anything I changed would just be the proportions.