Following up on a flurry of leaks and speculation on Wednesday teasing that the next season of Fortnite: Battle Royale would be Marvel-themed, Epic Games confirmed it in a Friday morning tweet feature Thor. While the timing of Season 4’s launch, now confirmed for August 28, seems conveniently close to the September 4 release of Marvel’s Avengers (which has already crossed over with Fortnite in the form of some pickaxes), the Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 4 version of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will seemingly be something else entirely.
In fact, it looks like the new Fortnite Marvel characters will be ripped directly out of newer Marvel comics. Will that disappoint gamers? Or get them excited to read comics? It may do both.
Epic Games tweeted at 10 a.m. Eastern Friday a 12-second video clip of the Fortnite logo featuring a blonde figure with lightning crackling in their eyes. In case it wasn’t obvious enough that this is Thor, the caption are three emojis for a hammer, lightning bolt, and rainbow. (The rainbow probably references the Bifrost bridge Thor famously uses to travel.)
Interestingly enough, this image does at least confirm that Season 4 will utilize newer redesigns of Marvel characters from the comics rather than models from the Marvel’s Avengers game, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or more classic/generic versions.
Written by Donny Cates, Thor was relaunched in January with Thor (2020) featuring a brand-new redesign that makes the god of thunder look like Legolas’ buff uncle. Rather than more rugged- and grizzled-looking versions of the character we’ve seen in almost every previous iteration, Thor has no beard and now wields his majestic platinum blond hair alongside that mighty hammer.
In the Fortnite teaser, there’s a very visible black “V” on Thor’s forehead, which is the obvious tell that it references the exact same design scheme. Thor undergoes such a drastic transformation in the comics because the Great Black Winter revealed to Galactus that Thor would destroy him, so very early in this storyline, Galactus transforms Thor into his new Herald using the Power Cosmic. That’s why Thor looks so majestic; It’s the most powerful version of the character to ever exist.