With Thor: Ragnarok proving wildly popular in theaters right now, Jackson Sze, one of Marvel Studios’ top concept artists, has given fans a look at an early alternate design for Surtur. In the film, Surtur is a fire demon with a pivotal role to play in bringing about Ragnarok – the fall of Asgard.
Sze has shared the image via his official Instagram account. It depicts a Surtur who is rather more armored than in the finished film. In the concept art, Surtur looks almost Asgardian in design, something Sze may have hoped would help anchor the demon in Thor’s world. As the artist explained in the post:
“An early take on Surtur. I thought I could bring the fire demon aesthetic closer to Thor’s world by designing him with twisted and forged metal works reminiscent of fantasy armors.”
Check out the concept art below:
An early take on Surtur. I thought I could bring the fire demon aesthetic closer to Thor's world by designing him with twisted and forged metal works reminiscent of fantasy armors. – – – Final Surtur design for the film was done by @aleksibriclot – – – – #thorragnarok #surtur #marvelstudios #marvelcinematicuniverse #fire #armor #demon #conceptart #characterdesign #digitalart #digitalpainting #illustration #conceptdesign
It’s easy to see how Sze intended to tie his design to what we had already seen of Thor’s world. The swirling metallic designs on Surtur’s crown are reminiscent of designs seen on Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, and of designs used across Asgard. Ultimately, of course, the studio opted for a more volcanic and more comic-accurate look. This change in design direction was in keeping with the film’s general shift away from the familiar aesthetics of previous Thor films, in favour of a bold new visual tone.
Are you glad the studio went with the design they did, or would you have preferred to see Sze’s original Surtur in action? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, and Jeff Goldblum. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.”
Thor: Ragnarok is now playing in theaters everywhere.
7 Comic Book Characters Who Have Lost An Eye
Everyone knows the famous expression “I can do that with one eye closed!” Well, for some people, it’s more than an expression — it’s a way of life. Everything from a paper airplane to a speck of dust can cause humans to lose an eye and sport an eye patch for the rest of their lives. Technology is improving to the point where glass eyes and prosthetics are looking more normal than ever before, and with google glasses who really cares how many eyes someone has as long as they are constantly ingesting information?
Comic book characters, even the helpless civilians, are used to bad things happening. Alien invasions or superhero wars seem to be a common occurrence in both the Marvel and DC Universe, but there’s something else that’s common too. It doesn’t matter what comic universe you look at, there is a character in every world who has lost an eye. At the end of the day, eye patches are too damn cool to only be used when a book features a pirate. Losing an eye may suck for these characters, but it usually boosts their aesthetic appeal and gives them a new emotional pain to latch onto as they move forward.
Hit Next to learn about seven comic book characters who have lost an eye!