Following a recent discussion with Kestor via exploringmcuasgard, and attempting to answer LostMeadow’s question (… to Kestor…) I come bearing gifts! Namely a proof that, indeed, MCU Frost Giants have no real external ear to speak of.
For the record, that mini-debate was about whether or not Jotuns/Jotnar (= the Frost Giants) have ears in MCU. Yes, we have debates on such matters. A problem?
After hours of roaming around the Interweb, I finally came across a final verdict: Yes and No.
- First image is from Scott Patton’s blog; Patton is a make-up artist who worked on Thor for Legacy Effects when they were designing the suits and armours of the Frost Giants. This is a final look. Here we see that costume design people are a hopeful bunch who seem to think that actors are going to cut off bits and limbs in order to go Method into their roles.
- Second image is, of course, a still from the movie. As they couldn’t cut the lovely Colm Feore’s ears off, the actor ended up sporting a headpiece (several, in fact) that partially covers his ears.
It seems that the cranial structure is slightly different than a human’s (or an Asgardian’s) but in any case, the Jotnar have very little to no ear cartilage - a fact which, as Kestor remarked, can be attributed to their living in a frozen land.
Quite notably, Loki as a baby, although blue and sporting the typical Jotun ridges (that adult Jotnar may or may not adorn with additional body carving), does possess a perfect set of human/Asgardian ears.
Sueinnm ventured that babies may be born with ears then lose them growing up. Of course, this is alien biology but that does seem to me a little too far-fetched. Species that undergo radical transformations throughout their evolution from birth to adulthood are adapting to their environment. Babies are very vulnerable and, be they mammal or not, Jotun babies seem identical to ours if Loki is in any way a valid reference. Why would they have protruding ears when they are probably the most sensible to cold?
No - to me, even if he were completely Jotun when Odin found him, Loki was not a normal Jotun baby, beyond the obvious size issues.
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