A top visual artist from Marvel Studios has unveiled his cover art for the upcoming book The Art of Thor: Ragnarok. The third solo film for the God of Thunder, Thor: Ragnarok has been stirring up quite a bit of excitement for the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the debut of its teaser trailer in April and main trailer at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Interspersed in-between have been a large sampling of images from Ragnarok, along with concept art – and for the fans, teasers for such merchandise as Thor: Ragnarok Marvel Legends action figures, Thor and Hulk 1:6 scale figures from Sideshow/Hot Toys and and various Funko Pops! figures.
Marvel Studios’ Visual Development Supervisor & Concept Artist Andy Park has now used his Twitter account to reveal something else that fans will soon be able to get their hands on: the cover art for film’s official companion book, The Art of Thor: Ragnarok. Revealing half of the wrap-around cover illustration Park created for the book, the image highlights four main characters from the film: Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hela (Cate Blanchett), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston). See the cover art below:
Of all the characters featured on the cover, Hela, with her wondrous horned headdress, clearly stands out the most – posed to project the sort of power-hungry, maniacal persona the character has demonstrated in footage released from the film so far.
The way the spine is positioned on the right-hand side of the image, in all likelihood Park is only giving fans a sneak peek of the back cover of The Art of Thor: Ragnarok book, with the release of the front cover image still yet to come. Whatever the case may be, expect to see the Thor, Hela, Hulk and Loki on the other side, as well as story newcomers Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). Such returning characters as Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and Heimdall (Idris Elba) could make the cover, too, since they’ve all been featured in the Ragnarok posters, along with another top-billed Thor movie cast newcomer in the form of Skurge (Karl Urban).
Announcements like the release of such books as The Art of Thor: Ragnarok are always exciting for fans, generally because they contain behind-the-scenes and concept art imagery that aren’t typically released to the press en masse. There’s a lot of work that goes into the pre-visualization of films like Thor: Ragnarok, and a book featuring the toils of such artists as Park helping director Taika Waititi realize his vision is a great way to salute their work.
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