Before Luma was attached to the project, the team on Thor: Love and Thunder was having a difficult time designing concepts for these creatures in the film. Everything the animators ideated felt too similar to recent creatures seen in movies. But in a brilliant stroke of inventiveness, director Taika Waititi asked his own daughter to draw a scary creature from her imagination. Taking this design to the Marvel art department, which then rendered the drawing into a 3D animation, the team realized that nothing could produce fantastical and otherworldly creatures quite like the imagination of a child. The producers then asked all the children on set – a group that included Waititi and Chris Hemsworth’s children as well as the kids of some of the producers, crew, etc. – to reach into the corners of their imaginations and come up with other concepts for the art department to turn to the shadow demons.
Helmed by VFX supervisor Andrew Zink, Luma then stepped onto the scene, inheriting these brilliant concepts and helping to take on the honor of bringing these children’s wildest dreams to life. Zink and his team created bespoke creatures for everything from lifelike background shots to distinguished hero and action shots. These creatures play a prominent role in the film, notably when Gorr first appears during the big fight when Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor gets re- introduced on screen. They have been a major conversational lightning rod for fans and critics since the film was first screened.