God of War Ragnarok: Thor is too fat, body shaming controversy breaks out

God of War Ragnarok: Thor is too fat, body shaming controversy breaks out

God of War Ragnarok

That God of War Ragnarok would be at the PlayStation Showcase was certainly not a surprise, but all fans of the Santa Monica Studio game were still glued to the screen, analyzing in detail every frame of the trailer. Immediately after the presentation, Sony PlayStation released many more information on the highly anticipated title including details on the game world, the narrative and some characters. Among them, the final design of Thor has finally been revealed, after having been presented for a long time in the first chapter, but not everyone was happy about it.

What makes people argue is his appearance: a big and burly, red-haired and long bearded. Although Thor presents himself exactly as he should have, a real Viking, many users have expressed their perplexity on social networks as they expected a much more handsome and muscular character. The result is an avalanche of memes and jokes that according to many lead to pure body shaming, thus sparking a lot of controversy.

The most reasonable point out that, in addition to this being the ideal aspect of a mighty Norse God, it is not it would make sense to give Thor an aesthetically pleasing representation, as the God of Thunder must necessarily be menacing. In any case, many point the finger at the stereotype of Chris Hemsworth's Thor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which would have altered the way many view the mythical figure.

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In fact, in the end even Avengers Endgame has then restored faith to the aspect more in keeping with the Thor of Norse mythology. We are sure that the character will be even more epic on screen than the image released recently by Santa Monica Studio and we can't wait to fight him when God of War Ragnarok is released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. What do you think of Thor's design ? Let us know your opinion by commenting at the bottom!

Waiting for God of War Ragnarok, you can find the first chapter on Amazon on this page.

How God of War Ragnarok's New Director Brings A Different Perspective To The Series

If you're familiar with the development of 2018's God of War, you'll know how personal of a game it was for Cory Barlog. The game's director has long talked about the importance of crafting Kratos' return to the PlayStation scene as a father-son story that pushed the violent Greek god into a more caring figure. The gamble worked, and Sony Santa Monica was able to craft a thoughtful and epic tale that took the best of the original series and brought it to a new audience.

But now times are charging, and Barlog is stepping away to let series veteran Eric Williams run Kratos' next adventure. During our chat with Williams, the newly announced game director talked to us about how he's struggled with the father-son story and what he plans on bringing to the table for Ragnarok.

'Unfortunately, didn't work out for me and my wife,' Williams said. 'So I struggled with that a lot. Like, how do I take this on? You know, and it's like luckily we do have still a lot of like fathers and mothers and parents on the team that I can borrow stories from. So I looked at it from a different way. I was like, okay, well, the last game was a lot of you had one young person and a lot of adults. So there's a lot of asking. There's a lot of telling. And I was like, well, how do we change that? So there's a better perspective for Atreus who's growing into a young man. And so we wanted to find ways to bring characters that are closer to his age in and so that we can see those different perspectives.'

The 2018 title found Kratos learning to be a father and dealing with Atreus growing up in a world he can't fully understand. With that, though, Atreus never really had anyone his age to grow up with and learn from. That changes in Ragnarok with the inclusion of Angrboda, the last of the giants.

'And I kind of looked at it for me being a kid, you know, dealing with parents and remembering all that. So there's a different way in for everyone. It can be like, oh, if you're a parent, you're going to see it this way. You know, if if you can remember back to being a kid, maybe you can see it that way. And if you're young, you're probably going to straddle that line and be like damn it, like I get this from both sides what do I do? And that's where we get that humankind of condition that allows people to connect and work their way into the story.'

When asked about exactly what Angrboda would be doing in Ragnarok's story, the developer decided to defer to another time. Still, those familiar with Norse mythology know the potential for a romantic relationship with Kratos' growing boy.

For more on God of War Ragnarok, be sure to check out the first look at gameplay from the recent PlayStation Showcase!