For more than 15 years, God of War has been one of the most popular game franchises. In fact, since its first release in 2005, the title has spawned several versions of the game and numerous expansions. Because of this success, fans kept wondering if Sony would develop a TV series or movie.
Although Sony has denied developing a movie or series, there are rumours that the streaming platform Amazon Prime Video will develop a TV show around the action RPG’s storyline. With this in mind, it’s fair to ask: Will this TV series implement the diversity that the God of War game recently celebrated?
In fact, with the latest God of War Ragnarok, the game’s creators celebrate diversity in several design elements of the game. In this article, we will examine how GoW Ragnarok presents much-needed diversity and discuss the social media reactions.
By the end of this read, you’ll also know if Amazon will replicate this in the God of War TV series. Without further ado, let’s get right to it.
How the God of War franchise celebrates diversity via God of War Ragnarok
Fortunately, diversity is celebrated in many forms of entertainment these days: from comics and cartoon characters to diverse casts in TV series and movies, nothing is left out. Although the gaming industry still has some catching up to do, there are some recent examples that bring it one step closer into achieving the goal.
Gaming, and more specifically the fantasy genre, is becoming more and more popular by the day. For example, in the iGaming industry, we have seen the outreach of innovative slots that incorporate different mythologies, such as the Age of the Gods (Greek mythology). And it is crucial for such titles to provide an accurate representation of gods and celebrate diversity. So, with numerous mythology-related titles like the God of War game series, it’s definitely easier to see the diversity in the fantasy genre.
All that’s needed is for the developers/producers to conduct deep research and make decisions. One of these examples is the latest God of War Ragnarok. The discussion started when God of Wars fans noticed the character design of Thor. Contrary to the usual appearance of the Norse god in TV shows and movies, Thor is not portrayed as a charming and muscular man in the game.
More importantly, though, Angrboða – a jötun and the Mother of Monsters, and the love interest of Loki – is black in the God of War game. This interpretation of Norse mythology not only offers great representation, but adds a new angle to the story.
In this way, GoW celebrates diversity while maintaining the god’s main attribute, namely his strength. Naturally, this has sparked a discussion. Let us take a look at how social media users reacted to the design of this character and the franchise’s decisions in general.
Many celebrated this interpretation of Angrboõa. They felt represented. Her twisted locks sealed the deal. This kind of interpreting has been labeled not just as necessary for the current audience climate, but, also, adds vital energy to the old material, breathes new life into it.
Much like Joel Coen’s interpretation of Macbeth with Denzel Washington in the titular role, reimagining previously white characters as black, as women – not white, not male – brings a new level of complexity for writers to explore, for audiences to relate to.
During the last few years, more and more successful TV series have relied on culturally diverse casts. Just to name a few, ‘Luke Cage, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ all celebrate diversity in some way.
Yet a recent study shows that more and more people are complaining about inaccurate portrayals in more than 1500 TV programs around the world. So can the new God of War TV series follow the game’s lead in celebrating diversity? But, more importantly, can the series do so successfully?
It looks like Sony, Playstation and Amazon may be teaming up to develop a God of War TV series. Although we do not have any information about the plot yet, God of War fans are optimistic that a TV series based around the franchise’s mythology is around the corner.
The same goes for the cast. There is no information yet on whether there will be a diverse cast. This could automatically answer the initial question if Amazon will celebrate diversion in the God of War TV series. Nevertheless, it is safe to assume that the producer will stick to the plot, cast and design rules of the game.
After all, the TV series will be a representation of the game on people’s screens. In any case, Amazon Prime Video is one of the 5 most popular streaming platforms and always has an open ear for the fan community. For this reason, too, there is a great chance that the new GoW series will follow the game’s example.