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“Not a Straightforward Villain”- Taika Waititi Reveals Gorr’s Origin in Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder is revving up the news and the entire Marvel fanbase with suspense and anticipation about its upcoming villain Gorr the God Butcher. As the fourth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor line-up, this movie is expected to be the best and the brightest yet with Taika Waititi returning to direct the incredible cast of the movie.

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Thor: Love and Thunder Poster

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With a stellar cast boasting of new additions to Marvel’s smug and self-serving gods and villains, Thor: Love and Thunder will also bring veteran Thor cast, Natalie Portman aka Jane Foster to the mix. But the name that is already making the news and preferably plans on stealing the show is Christian Bale’s villainous role as Gorr.

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Thor: Love and Thunder and its Villains

The Phase 4 Thor movie has roped in major Hollywood A-list actors like Russell Crowe in the role of Zeus, the Greek counterpart to Thor’s Norse God of Thunder. The trailers and teasers have not yet fully revealed the extent of Zeus’s role in the plot of the movie, but it is sure to be somewhat of a comedy of errors.

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Russell Crowe as Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder

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On the other hand, Christian Bale is making rounds with the first look of Gorr the God Butcher. Drenched completely in a primitive hooded look of the white powdered face and dead-set eyes, the actor already emanates the signature sociopathic look of someone who is on the path of vengeance and extermination.


Taika Waititi has chosen the character as the main antagonist of his movie although the character is relatively new to Marvel comics and hasn’t been fully explored yet. But Gorr comes at a perfect time after the ravages left behind by Thanos. Since Gorr’s primary motivation is to kill gods, Thanos’s single-minded destruction of innocent lives for the sole purpose of bringing balance will serve as a perfect precedent for Gorr’s hunt for the remaining gods in the universe.

Also read: Why Christian Bale’s Gorr Wants To Kill All Gods — Explained.

Who is Gorr the God Butcher?

Born on a nameless planet, Gorr was fated to live every day on the brink of starvation. Having lost his parents at a young age, he fended for himself for a long time in the cruel and harsh climates of his world. Although he was taught to believe in the gods, none came to save him or his family. That serves as a driving motivation for his self-chosen role as the God Butcher.

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Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher in Thor 4

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Director Taika Waititi revealed, “Gorr’s backstory involves being wronged by the gods, and a lot of his motivation is getting revenge for these wrongdoings. We really wanted to explore this idea of religion, belief, and what it means to put your faith in a higher power. And because Thor is essentially a god, what does it mean for him to represent these gods.

Chris Hemsworth when talking about Gorr said, “Gorr is not a straightforward villain. There’s a real complexity to him. It’s not black and white, what he’s doing. He has a truthful motivation, which I think makes for the most interesting kind of villain. You might not agree with how he’s going about it, but you understand why he’s been tipped over the edge and why he’s gone down this path.

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Thor 4 antagonist, Gorr’s mission is the extinction of gods

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He further added, “It’s a really challenging one for Thor because the set of questions Gorr’s posing does hold some truth – but he can’t let Gorr destroy the universe in the process. That, I think, makes this a greater dynamic and not as predictable as the straightforward good guy vs. bad guy scenario we’ve seen before.

Related article: New TV Spot Reveals Gorr Dialogue in “Thor: Love and Thunder”


Thor: Love and Thunder will release in theaters on July 8, 2022.

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Written by Diya

With a degree in Literature from Miranda House, Diya Majumdar now has nearly 1500 published articles on FandomWire. Her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema while being a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh. Other skills include being the proud owner of an obsessive collection of Spotify playlists.