After months of speculation, the first teaser of Thor: Love and Thunder has finally been released. With Taika Waititi returning once again as director, Thor 4 will make the God of Thunder first one in the MCU to have four solo movies to his name. Apart from Chris Hemsworth, Thor 4 also marks the return of Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Jaimie Alexander, Karen Gillan, Tessa Thompson, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Jeff Goldblum. With Christian Bale playing the role of Gorr the God Butcher, Natalie Portman is also set to return as Jane Foster aka Mighty Thor in the movie.
Set in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth installment for the Thunder God who seems to be on a journey to discover himself. However, his journey of self-discovery will come to a screeching halt when the Norse God of Thunder faces Gorr the God Butcher. Portrayed on screen by Christian Bale, Gorr’s insatiable need to drive gods into extinction makes Thor a prime target. Though the God of Thunder will have a powerful ally in Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor, there’s a more surprising reason why Gorr can’t kill Jane Foster’s Thor.
Why Gorr The God Butcher Wants To Kill Thor?
Born on a barren nameless planet, Gorr and his tribe faced countless calamities, making it difficult to survive. Despite such hardships, the tribe had immense faith in the gods. However, when Gorr lost his wife to an earthquake and his children to starvation, his faith in the gods extinguished. As a result, he was banished from his tribe, left on his own to die.
At the brink of his death, Gorr witnessed two gods battling in the skies of his home planet, with one of them being Knull. When the unnamed god begged Gorr to help him, he realised that gods truly exist and not a single one of them actually tried to save his wife and children. In that moment of rage, Gorr killed the unnamed god with Knull’s All-Black the Necrosword. Since then, Gorr decided to murder every single god in existence across the universe to avenge his mother, wife, and children. As he kept murdering gods across the cosmos, Gorr became the God Butcher, with Thor being his next target.
Why Gorr Cannot Kill Jane Foster’s Lady Thor?
In the comics, it took the combined efforts of three different Thors from various timelines to defeat Gorr. After having driven gods to near extinction, Gorr and his Necrosword had become too powerful for even the God of Thunder to handle. However, it is highly unlikely that if director Taika Waititi will actually stay true to the comics, considering his previous remarks regarding authenticity. But nevertheless, the New Zealand director can bring Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor to the rescue with some interesting plotline.
As it has already been established that Gorr primarily targets actual gods for not answering his prayers, there’s a chance that he might actually fail against Jane Foster’s Lady Thor. Though it’s a bit unlikely for the God Butcher to just lay down his necrosword while facing Lady Thor, it’s still a possibility that the All-Black just might not work against Jane Foster.
All-Black the Necrosword, in reality, is a symbiote that gives superhuman powers to Gorr. However, like all symbiotes, it is sentient, which means it can sense its user’s emotions. Considering Waititi’s skillful usage of power-packed emotional moments of grief and self-loathing, it’s quite plausible that Gorr’s connection with All-Black might be severed when he faces Lady Thor due to his internal self-loathing. If that doesn’t work, Thor: Love and Thunder can always pull the classic scene from Lord of the Rings where Eowyn defeats a Nazgul and says “I’m no man”, as technically, Jane Foster is not a real god, and might be very well the key to defeating Gorr.
Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to release in theaters on July 8, 2022.