Thor: Love and Thunder: Christian Bale’s Gorr is Not a Straightforward Villain, Says Chris Hemsworth

Director Taika Waititi has offered further insight into the vendetta of Thor: Love and Thunder villain Gorr the God Butcher, who he says has been “wronged by the gods.” Speaking with The Direct, Waititi teased the influence that Gorr, played by Oscar winner Christian Bale, will have on the Marvel sequel, suggesting that the bad guy will have understandable motivations similarly to the likes of Black Panther’s Killmonger and Civil War villain Helmut Zemo.

“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?”

Much like Killmonger and Zemo, Gorr the God Butcher’s mission in Thor: Love and Thunder is one of revenge. For those unaware, Gorr was created for the pages of Marvel Comics by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic, and begins life on a desolate, poverty-stricken, god-fearing planet. After suffering several tragedies, Gorr rejects his faith in the gods and is subsequently exiled by society. Wandering the desert, he stumbles across two warring gods and, realizing that they do exist and had simply left his planet and people to suffer, Gorr swears bloody and brutal vengeance upon all the gods.

Such a reasonable motivation (which, of course, he does meet with a somewhat unreasonable response) is sure to give Christian Bale a lot to play with in his MCU debut. Thor star Chris Hemsworth offered further details in this regard, describing Gorr as “not a straightforward villain.”

“[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. 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 gut vs. bad guy scenario we’ve seen before.”

Gorr the God Butcher Could be the MCU’s Scariest Villain So Far

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Marvel fans erupted in cheers upon hearing the news that The Dark Knight star Christian Bale wil join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while some had wondered whether the more vibrant, comedic tone of director Taika Waititi would diminish the well-versed intensity of the Academy Award winner, according to Hemsworth, this is far from the case.

“The rest of us would be in our world of improvisation, comedy, and fun – then he’d walk on set, and we’d all look at each other and say ‘Oh, my God! This is really intense. This is really scary,'” Hemsworth revealed.

Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to be released on July 8, 2022, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.