South Korea's Gorgeous Thor: Ragnarok Poster Is Based on a Classic Work of Art

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The Thor: Ragnarok poster being used to market the film in Western markets was already fantastic (as was the version featuring extra Jeff Goldblums), but South Korea’s promotional art is a thing of utter beauty and a nod to the country’s history.

Fitting in with Ragnarok’s plot that pits Thor and the Hulk against one another in the gladiatorial ring, South Korea’s poster is a tribute to Gim Hong-do’s classical “Sangbak” painting from the late 1700s.

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In Gim’s original painting, a group of men have gathered to watch a wrestling match, the country’s national sport:

“Sangbak” is an iconic piece of South Korean history and the painting’s reimagining—for a Thor movie—is pretty damn cool.

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Charles Pulliam-Moore

io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.