Thor: Ragnarok has featured several unforgettable characters. However, not many people expected Taika Waititi’s depiction of Korg becoming such a hit among fans as it turned out to be. However, this character has been seen earlier before he became a show stealer in Thor: Ragnarok. Apparently, the character was present in the last cinematic outing of Thor.
The DVD commentary for Thor: The Dark World quotes director Alan Taylor as saying that the stony Kronan that we had seen in the opening scenes of the film was none other than Korg. However, he was never explored or named on screen. Waititi and the writers of Thor: Ragnarok took advantage, and it feels as if the new film is the character’s debut.
His comic history requires some clarifications since he wasn’t even given a name until The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #93 as a part of the “Planet Hulk” narrative. He is shown to be a prisoner alongside Hulk in that comic book and was compelled to fight on Sakaar. The comic once again manipulated his debut appearance to link with the first Marvel comic of Thor, Journey Into Mystery #83.
During Thor’s debut comic appearance, he was shown on Earth and protecting the planet from the attacking Kronan army aka the Stone Men from Saturn. The “Planet Hulk” narrative mentioned Korg being among those Kronan who were beaten by Thor and subsequently he was imprisoned on Sakaar.
Since Korg was supposed to feature in Thor: The Dark World and being defeated by the God of Thunder and then got retconned to feature in Thor: Ragnarok is a meta thing. It seems as if Waititi always had it in mind.
It is probably more linked with Bruce Banner’s featuring in the movie and the influence of “Planet Hulk” narrative, although, it won’t be surprising if Waititi figured that out.
It is an example of the fact that despite their intention to honor the comic book continuity, Marvel still lets directors to make modifications if they are needed for a better viewing experience.
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