Gorr The God Butcher Concept Art Shows How Monstrous The Thor: Love and Thunder Villain Could Have Been

When the design of Gorr the God Butcher was revealed for Thor: Love and Thunder, many fans were disappointed at stripped-back appearance of the character compared to his more monstrous comic book counterpart. However, despite that, the performance of Christian Bale in the movie has been constantly cited as one of the best things about the film. It seems though there was a point when a more creature-like design for Gorr was considered, which can now be seen thanks to early concept images shared by artist Ken Barthelmey.

While it would have been easy to cover Bale in prosthetics or CGI to create a more hideous version of the God Butcher, having an actor of that caliber hidden behind smoke and mirrors was something that did not factor in Marvel’s plans. However, as the images shared by Barthelmey show, the earliest concept for Gorr was even more of a monster than even his comic appearances.


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Barthelmey was also one of the artists who was commissioned to develop a concept for Satan, who at one point was going to be played by Russell Crowe before he was instead cast as Zeus. The artist also shared his design for that character, and explained he was tasked to “design a Satan close to Tim Curry’s Devil from ”Legend” (1985); big horns, sleazy and evil. Because it was going to be a prosthetic make-up, I was asked to give him hairy human legs and feet. This is what I came up with.”

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Thor: Love and Thunder Has Received a Lot of Mixed Reviews

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It is somewhat ironic that the initial doubts about Gorr turned out to be the least of Thor: Love and Thunder’s worries. While the movie has made the usual Marvel impact on the box office, both critics and audiences have been divided over whether the film is a success or not when it comes to its story and execution.

Although there are plenty of fans of Taika Waititi’s follow-up to Thor: Ragnorok, arguably one of the best movies in the MCU saga, many have found the movie to be disjointed and too focused on delivering jokes and laughs than a coherent story. With a terrifying villain like Gorr in the mix, the over-the-top comedy moments, screaming goats et al., just seemed too much of a contrast for many and helped lead Thor: Love and Thunder to be one of the lowest-rated Marvel offerings of the last decade.

Thor: Love and Thunder did manage to hold onto the top spot at the box office for a second week last weekend, mainly thanks to a lack of strong competition rather than an outstanding second-weekend performance. In fact, the movie suffered a huge drop of 68% against its opening weekend, a trend seen in most of the recent Marvel movies. Although this is mainly in part to the first-weekend rush, as fans flock to avoid the spoilers that follow soon after any Marvel film’s release, it is something that Marvel will surely want to stop happening in the future.