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Dig Thor’s New Hair in Thor: Ragnarok? You Have Kevin Smith to Thank!

image: Marvel  Chris Hemsworth as Thor in "Thor: Ragnarok"

I, like much of America, saw Thor: Ragnarok this weekend and had a great time. It’s literally the only time I’ve cared this much about Thor as a character. Also, I’m a much bigger fan of the closely-cropped hair than I ever was of Thor’s longer, shaggier do. As it turns out, we have Kevin Smith and his nerdy ranting to thank for the change!

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, talked about how desperate he was for a change after having played Thor basically the same way through several MCU films, saying he was “frustrated and bored,” and having told Marvel’s Kevin Feige “I feel like I’m dying here. I feel like I have handcuffs on.”

Thankfully, he listened to a Kevin Smith podcast where Smith spent it trash-talking the Thor franchise. It was that trash-talking that inspired Hemsworth to pursue changes to the character with director, Taika Waititi. Hemsworth said, “Hearing someone like Smith, who represents the fanboy world, was such a kick in the ass to change gears. We sort of had nothing to lose. People didn’t expect what we did with it this time around.”

And so, they “cut his hair” and “destroy[ed] the hammer.” And created one of the most fun and grounded iterations of Thor ever. I’m just grateful that Kevin Smith’s nerdery is so influential.

(via, image: Marvel)

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