Gorr the God Butcher 'not a straightforward villain' in Thor: Love and Thunder
Chris Hemsworth has promised that Gorr the God Butcher will not be a routine villain in the upcoming Marvel epic Thor: Love and Thunder.
The fourth instalment of the Thor franchise will be released this summer, with the trailer in May revealing the first look of the movie's primary antagonist, Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale.
Gorr, it seems, is holding a grudge against Gods for their alleged actions against lesser beings.
In the words of Gorr himself in the trailer: "the only ones who Gods care about is themselves. So this is my vow - all Gods will die."
The God Butcher's plan is clear from the get-go, and he'll have his sights set on Thor, the Guardians of the Galaxy and of course, Jane Foster.
Gorr the Butcher backstory
Hemsworth and director Taika Waititi have provided more details on the villain, and it seems all is not as it seems from the trailer.
"Gorr’s backstory involves being wronged by the gods, and a lot of his motivation is getting revenge for these wrongdoings," Waititi told D23 Magazine.
"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."
Hemsworth echoed the statement of his director, and even revealed that there are factors within Gorr's story that could actually inspire understanding or sympathy.
There’s a real complexity to him. It’s not black and white, what he’s doing
"Gorr is not a straightforward villain," Thor himself explained.
"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 do 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."
Watch the trailer below: