Gorr Is Already Thor’s Worst Villain (Because of Thanos)
Gorr the God Butcher is already Thor’s worst villain ahead of
Thor: Love and Thunder because of Thanos. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is continuing his arc post-Infinity Saga in the upcoming Taika Waititi-directed movie. In
Thor: Love and Thunder, the titular God of Thunder is set to face off against Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale. Marvel Studios has kept details about the villain scant, but with the limited information known about the character, he appears to be the most dangerous adversary Thor would face.
,Marvel is going bigger and bolder with
Thor: Love and Thunder on the heels of
Thor: Ragnarok‘s success. Aside from the God of Thunder himself, the
Thor sequel will also see Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) returning to the MCU wielding the hammer Mjölnir as Mighty Thor. Together with Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), they are set to square off against Gorr the God Butcher, who harbors a grudge against gods and wants to exact revenge against them. For his and the rest of Asgard’s sake, Thor needs to unretire and return to his fighting days to stop his newest foe.
,Related: Thor: Love & Thunder Can Explain One Last Endgame Mystery,Disney and Marvel Studios’ marketing campaign for
Thor: Love and Thunder barely reveals anything about Gorr the God Butcher. Despite this, he is already Thor’s worst villain because of the God of Thunder’s previous encounter with Thanos. In Marvel Comics, Gorr the God Butcher goes on a mission to seek revenge against the gods after the tragic death of his family. He’s convinced the higher beings only look after themselves, failing to uphold their responsibility to protect those beneath them. This might hit a nerve for Thor, who wasn’t able to stop Thanos’s snap in
Avengers: Infinity War. While the decimation was ultimately reversed in
Avengers: Endgame, it was still a traumatic experience for everyone in the universe. The God of Thunder has some personal experience in this regard as well; had he successfully killed Thanos right away, both Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) wouldn’t have had to sacrifice themselves.
,Gorr the God Butcher’s interaction with Thor could bring back the guilt that initially plunged him into a deep depression after
Avengers: Infinity War resulting in him becoming Fat Thor in
Avengers: Endgame. He lost all sense of purpose and totally checked out of his duties as the King of Asgard, forcing Valkyrie to unofficially take over. As seen in
Thor: Love and Thunder trailers, the Asgardian prince has embarked on a self-healing journey. He started working out to lose the extra pounds he gained in the five years since Thanos’s snap and coupled it with meditation to properly process all the trauma he experienced in the last several years. Thor doesn’t even want to revisit his fighting days, opting to live a quieter and more peaceful life, but the arrival of Gorr the God Butcher forces him to suit back up. More than the physical challenges of fighting the villain, it’s the mental battle that he needs to be warier of as Gorr the God Butcher’s personal experience could ultimately re-open what are otherwise already healing wounds from the events of the Infinity Saga.
,Given the limited information regarding Gorr the God Butcher, it’s anybody’s guess what his fate beyond
Thor: Love and Thunder will be. Depending on how Thor handles the villain, however, he could be the God of Thunder’s biggest test in his healing journey, after his experience with Thanos. This Thor and Gorr’s upcoming encounter so much more compelling.,More: Christian Bale’s Gorr Influences Are More Proof He’s Thor’s Perfect Villain