Thor: Love and Thunder is set for release on July 8, 2022. Natalie Portman has been confirmed to reprise her role as Jane Foster opposite Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. In addition, Tessa Thompson will also return as Valkyrie. Along with the return of our favorite characters, the movie also introduces a menacing new villain into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, played by Christian Bale. Bale will play the revenge-fueled god-hating Gorr the God Butcher. Set photos released by The Daily Mail in August 2021 show Bale in silvery flowing robes and full body makeup while onset in Australia. Bale is an inspired casting choice for the notorious villain, as he has a loyal comic book fanbase from his DC universe role as Batman in the Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight franchise.
Gorr the God Butcher who found fame in Marvel Comics has long been anticipated by comic book fans for his character to join the MCU. If you are not an avid comic book reader, however, you might not be familiar with Gorr the God Butcher. If that’s the case, do not worry, we’ve got you covered. In short, Gorr The God Butcher is the newest MCU super villain to join the ever-expanding MCU, but his story goes much deeper. Despite being essentially a serial killer of the gods, Gorr has a tragic and traumatic past, filled with great pain and resentment, which ultimately leads him to his path of destruction and vengeance.
Is Gorr the God Butcher Evil?
Gorr was not born inherently evil but rather suffered many hardships in his early years that distorted his perception of life, and the gods. According to the comics, Gorr the God Butcher was born on a dying alien planet, a nameless barren wasteland where food and water were scarce, carnivorous predators roamed free and earthquakes were commonplace. He spent most of his life on the edge of starvation and tragically lost both of his parents at an early age. His father dies of an illness called sun fever, and shortly thereafter his mother is killed while attempting to save Gorr from a pair of dinosaur-like beasts. After his parents’ untimely death Gorr was left alone on an unforgiving planet to take care of himself. He lived a solitary life until he found his mate Arra who bore his children. The harsh environment however took its toll once again, when Arra was killed in an Earthquake while pregnant. After Arra’s death, he watches each of his children die of starvation one after the other until his son Agar is all that remains. When Agar died on their search for a better life Gorr was overcome with grief and openly denied the gods.
Gorr’s species were devout and pious, constantly praying to the gods for help. Gorr, however, was dubious of the gods from an early age due to his many hardships. After Gorr tragically lost his parents, mate, and children, his grief turned to anger, and he began to openly deny the existence of gods, and commit blasphemous acts, for which he was promptly exiled from his community. While wandering the desert in his exile, two beings – who turn out to be gods – crash to the ground before him. As Gorr approaches the unknown beings, he realizes that they are gods, and along with it comes the realization that they abandoned him and his people in their time of need. At once, he blames them for all his life’s suffering. At that moment, Gorr’s doubt and anger turn to blind rage and hatred of the gods. Sensing Gorr’s rage, the black god’s weapon the necrosword or All-Black attaches itself to Gorr. With his newfound weapon, Gorr happily butchers the deities and vows to rid the universe of all gods going forward.
Despite his hating the gods to the point of annihilation, Gorr believes he is in the right, as he believes mortals will be better off without the gods, for in his mind they caused him much pain and suffering. Furthermore, Gorr holds no ill will towards mortals, aside from looking down on them for putting so much faith in the uncaring gods.
Is Gorr Stronger Than Thanos?
An important note when assessing Gorr’s abilities is that Gorr does not possess any innate powers of his own. The power he wields is bestowed upon him through his signature weapon the necrosword or All-Black. Without the sword, he would not possess enough raw power to defeat Thor, or even Thanos, despite years of combat experience. The necrosword is a symbiote, similar to Venom and Carnage, and can enhance its host’s powers to god-like levels, and can also extend its host’s lifespan indefinitely. Further to that, the All-Black feeds on the blood of its godly victims as if absorbing their power making it stronger with each kill. Considering Gorr the God Butcher slays gods for sport, it would certainly have grown very powerful over the years.
According to the Thor comics, Gorr the God butcher once defeated 3 different versions of Thor at once: young Thor, Avenger Thor, and Skyfather Thor. Gorr’s victory was due to the power of the necrosword, which had slain so many gods up to that point that it was impossible to defeat. Further to that, Gorr has defeated Skyfathers with very little effort. Considering these beings are depicted as above Thanos in the celestial hierarchy, our money is on Gorr.
Does Gorr the God Butcher Kill Thor?
Thor and Gorr the God Butcher cross paths many times in Jason Aaron’s Thor: God of Thunder comic books. Gorr is a steadfast villain throughout Thor’s past, present, and future. In their first interaction, Young Thor underestimates Gorr and makes the mistake of pursuing him on his own, which leads to Gorr capturing Thor and torturing him for days on end.
Thor is an impressive god, however, every encounter with Gorr throughout the comic books ends with Thor’s defeat. It is only when past, present, and future iterations of Thor team-up that they stand any chance of defeating Gorr and the All-Black. Even then, Gorr has proven that he can defeat a trio of Thors. In their first epic battle, All-Black collides with two Mjolnirs and another very large hammer as the battle rages across space. Accessing the former Odin-Force (now Thor-Force), King Thor blasts Gorr into space and through a planet. Despite their triplicate force, Gorr wins round one and defeats all three versions of the God of Thunder.
In their second comic book battle, however, The three Thor’s emerge victorious, when present-day Thor absorbs the power of the All-Black and the Godbomb and blasts Gorr into space. Young Thor later finishes him off by decapitating him. Despite the victory, Gorr did still hail a small victory of his own. As Gorr’s assertions for a godless age seep into Thor’s psyche, Thor loses faith in himself and becomes unworthy of Mjolnir, which could open doors for Jane Foster to step into her role as Mighty Thor in the new film. Certainly, Gorr is capable of defeating a singular Thor without question but a trio of Thors, or equivalent, could stand a chance against the infamous God Butcher.
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