Highlights

  • Gorr the God Butcher is a villain in Marvel studios’ ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’
  • Gorr’s role is being played by Christian Bale
  • The film will be released on July 7

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Fans are eagerly waiting to see Christian Bale as supervillain Gorr: The God Butcher in the upcoming film

Marvel Studios’ favourite Avenger is getting all the love and praises for its upcoming adventure film ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’. After Loki, it is safe to say that another one of Thor’s adversaries is becoming the most awaited villain in the MCU. Here are some of the things we know so far about this God-hating figure in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’.

Gorr killed many Gods

A no-brainer with the name, Gorr slaughtered many Gods in his time and forced them to work as slaves after capturing them. As per the comics, there were about 18 different victims of Gorr among many others on whom he had spent thousands of years murdering across the universes. He believed that Gods were good for nothing as they only care about themselves (as seen in the trailer as well). It would be interesting to see this dynamic pan out as we see Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) and Zeus (Russel Crowe) and who knows which other Norse God would turn up in the film.

His tragic backstory

Gorr’s entire belief system in Gods was uprooted, when his planet suffered from starvation and natural disasters, where his own family had passed away. Having felt betrayed and ignored, Gorr took upon a weapon of a dark God that was enabled by a symbiotic force that endowed him with the power to kill a God. After his first kill, he set on a crusade to eradicate all the Gods that he could find. No wonder Christian Bale was an obvious choice for this nuanced character.

Gorr created a bomb to kill Gods

Phase IV of the MCU has been incredible, showing the concept of the multiverse through the recently released ‘Spiderman: No Way Home’, ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness’. If we go by the comics, Gorr created a God-bomb to speed up his process and designed a device that would mean the end of all the Gods across space and time. There could not have been a better time for ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ to further this mind-boggling threat to the multiverse.

He went rogue like Wanda

Unlikely that it may be for us to see a similar arc pan out right after ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness’, it is quite noteworthy from the comics as to how his apparent downfall took place. Just like Wanda who went rogue for her family as seen in ‘Wanda Vision’, Gorr created apparitions of his dead wife and son while creating the God-bomb using the Necrosword, he too was taken down by these apparitions, eventually giving into his grief.

Gorr made Thor unworthy to lift Mjolnir

As per the comics, Thor and Gorr’s fight lasted eons, which eventually saw Thor defeating Gorr, largely struck down by his own loved ones, but his ideology was sustained. Thor was deeply affected and doubted his role as a God in the universe and felt unworthy to pick up Mjolnir. This anti-God legacy played a very central role in the Avengers’ character arcs in future comics such as ‘The Mighty Thor’, ‘Unworthy Thor’, and 'War of the Realms’. It will be quite exciting to see how it sets a path, post ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’, if at all it sets out to take on this route. For now, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)’s Mighty Thor seems like a fun new persona that we just cannot wait for.

The film ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ will be released in India on July 7 in seven languages- English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada.

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