Official New Art Reveals Alternate Valhalla

Is Jane Foster Really Dead? That’s what many wonder after seeing Taika Waitit’s post-credits scene Thor: Love and Thunder. After Natalie Portman’s astrophysicist turned Asgardian perished in battle against the terrifying Gorr the Butcher God, she was seen being greeted by Idris Elba’s Heimdall at the pearly-white gates of Valhalla.

The post-credits sting left many people leaving the theater in awe, all the while wondering if this film was the last time the Mighty Thor would be heard in the realm of the living. Responding to this same question, Elba said that with the “constantly expanding” marvel world “we never know.”

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But was this version of Valhalla always what the filmmakers behind love and thunder had planned for the film? Well, apparently not.

A different take on Valhalla from Love and Thunder

Recently revealed concept art of Thor: Love and Thunder pulled back the curtain on a different take on Valhalla that never made it into the movie.

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Shared by Marvel Studios artist Sung Choi, this concept showed a much more elaborate Valhalla than what was ultimately shown in love and thunder‘s post-credit stinger.

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This version of the Asgardian afterlife was more like the Elvish cities of the Lord of the Rings or the original Asgard seen in the first three Thor movies than what fans ultimately got.

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Other concept pieces revealed included looks at the Well of Eternity seen at the film’s climax, showing an actual well surrounded by some sort of mountainous environment.

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The well featured in these concept reveals is a small pool of blue water rather than the endless expanse of water that eventually made its way into the film.

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The latest of these images shows the Guardians of the Galaxy ship, the Benatar, seemingly hovering above the Well of Eternity, a setting that has never featured the intergalactic team in the Thor after.

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Love and Thunder gets a fresh coat of paint

Now these images will leave some fans wondering what happened to these different looks on the love and thunder Locations. Well, these are concepts and as such, things like this happen all the time.

Sometimes concept art can be done just to show a specific tone, with the filmmakers not intending to actually put that specific moment into the final cut. And that’s probably the case for a few of them, especially the one featuring the Benatar.

But the Valhalla rendering is different. It’s pretty close to the version of the location that made it into the movie, but just on a grander scale. Maybe that was the plan for the afterlife realm to look like the concept above, but logistically it didn’t make sense in the production pipeline.

It must be remembered that creating something like a location like Valhalla (or any number of other MCU backgrounds) requires countless hours of VFX work. And with the continued pressure on the VFX pipeline, as well as the ongoing COVID pandemic, Marvel may have called for a scale down due to these underlying circumstances.

Thor: Love and Thunder is now streaming on Disney+.

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