On July 7th, Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters in the United States. With it, Christian Bale makes his MCU debut playing the diabolic Marvel villain, Gorr the God Butcher. Bale’s monochromatic look, the yellow eyes, and the oozing black liquid really helps instill the sinister feel that seems to match the name “God Butcher”. The question though is what drove Gorr to his current path of slaying gods? It seems a painful past filled with loss and betrayal is the culprit.
Gorr the God Butcher was born on an unnamed planet racked with natural disasters, illnesses, and death around every corner. Despite this, the people of the planet were devoted in their faith and loyal to their gods above all else. As a child, Gorr was taught that through faith and fealty, he and his people were protected by the gods above. It wasn’t until he lost his mother, wife, and children, that he began doubting if these gods existed. His blasphemy caused him to be banished by his people.
In his exile, his doubts were proven false when he witnessed two gods battling with his own eyes. Anger and hatred replaced his doubts because he now knew that the gods, the very ones he spent his life worshiping were in fact real but chose to do nothing to help him and his people who were suffering. The two battling gods were left wounded, and sensing his anger, the All-Black symbiote left the god it had been attached to and attached to Gorr. The All-Black is an ancient evil, said to be the first symbiote ever to exist. Gorr accepted the All-Black, which became All-Black the Necrosword. He vowed to use his new power to kill every god in existence and started with the two dying gods at his feet.
With his newfound powers, Gorr’s mission to purge all the gods from existence takes him across the universe where he picks them off one-by-one. In Thor: Love and Thunder, Gorr has the Norse god in his sights, and we are in for what is sure to be an epic collision between The God of Thunder and The God Butcher.