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Mark Ruffalo shows his love for Korean-style ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ poster

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Updated : October 09 2017

A Korean promotional poster for the upcoming film “Thor: Ragnarok,” which gives the Western superhero flick a whimsical Eastern makeover, caught many people’s attention, including that of the Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo.

The poster depicts Thor wrestling with Hulk. Other Marvel characters -- Doctor Strange, Odin, Grandmaster, Hela, Heimdall and Valkyrie -- encircle the two, watching the match with fascination. An indifferent Loki looks at the sky holding a plate of yeot (Korean taffy).

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A promotional image for "Thor: Ragnarok" (Wooh Nayoung's Twitter)
The actor took to his Twitter account Saturday to express his fascination with the poster saying, “Where can I get one?”

The image, which parodied Joseon-period genre painter Kim Hong-do’s iconic work “Ssireum,” is a work of South Korean illustrator Wooh Nayoung, better known by her nickname “Obsidian.”

The illustrator soon replied to Ruffalo’s tweet, “Thanks for loving my artwork. I saw your tweets and immediately contacted Disney Korea. Maybe they‘ll find a way.”

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(Screen captured from Twitter)
Wooh is popular for her “Fairy Tale Series” in which she depicts Western fairytale characters as Asians wearing hanbok -- Korean traditional clothes -- or other traditional Asian clothes.

In addition to the “Thor” poster, she has collaborated with Disney Korea to create promotional posters for films such as “Beauty and the Beast.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” will hit theaters here on Oct. 25.

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Beauty and the Beast (Wooh Nayoung)
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A promotional image for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (Wooh Nayoung's Twitter)
By Kim So-yeon (syk19372@heraldcorp.com)


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