Of course, that brings us to the main controversy at the moment: the divide between those who love this design and those who look at it and simply see “Fat Thor” (a label also applied to Chris Hemsworth’s aforementioned look in Avengers: Endgame).
Look, you probably already know what the dissenters are saying. In their mind, Thor should be a muscular warrior with abs that cut diamonds and biceps that would have gotten him kicked out of the WWF in the early ’90s. That’s certainly how we’re used to seeing such characters portrayed in most modern forms of entertainment, despite the fact that some of the strongest, toughest, and most athletically impressive people in the real world look nothing like on-screen superheroes. Not only are there various body types in the world, but the popular perception of what kinds of people have what body types and how we perceive their abilities based on a quick look at those body types has become warped to the point of absurdity.
While some are saying that they’re not going to buy God of War: Ragnarok due to their belief that this design is somehow mocking Thor, Vikings, and (in some especially sad cases), human males everywhere, we highly doubt that PlayStation Studios is sweating the heat. Actually, the majority of people seem to be rushing to the defense of Thor’s design via hilarious and accurate observations.
That really is the best thing about this design. Whereas Hemsworth’s look in Endgame was mostly played for laughs (which is honestly pretty much how many body types are still treated in mainstream media when they’re portrayed at all), it’s pretty clear that this point that Ragnarok‘s Thor is no laughing matter. He looks like he’s going to be one of Kratos’ toughest challenges yet, and we can’t wait to see these two face off in what should be a truly epic battle.
It’s a shame that such a logical, consistent, well-done, yet still different character design still seems to be a lightning rod of controversy, but since this is becoming a bit of a talking point at the moment, let our final word on the matter be that God of War: Ragnarok‘s Thor looks amazing and that we can’t wait to see more of him whenever the game is eventually released for PS4 and PS5.