Marketing for Marvel Studios Thor: Love and Thunder has finally booted ahead of its July 8 release. In the highly anticipated second trailer, fans were treated to new footage from gate 4‘s expansive cast, including Russell Crowe’s Zeus and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster as Mighty Thor, as well as first glimpses of Christian Bale’s villainous Gorr the God Butcher.
With Bales Gorr missing in the first love and thunder Trailers left fans speculating if Marvel Studios would even show the supervillain ahead of the film’s release. However, in the recently released 2-minute, 15-second trailer, Gorr has appeared multiple times and has already been ranked as the summer movie’s most anticipated antagonist.
With this new footage has also come fan speculation and scrutiny, particularly regarding his design and how he compares to his comic book persona. And now fans are getting an even better look at Christian Bales gate 4 Villain and his costume for the big screen.
Gorr the God Butcher by Christian Bale in 4K
After the release of Thor: Love and Thunder‘s latest trailer, new 4K enhanced photos now offer the best look at Gorr the God Butcher and his costume in his MCU debut.
Just like in the comics, Gorr’s weapon appears to be All-Black the Necrosword. This is particularly interesting since the All-Black was technically the first symbiote.
In the trailer, Gorr can be seen using the Necrosword in this black and white space, giving the audience an idea of his moves and what his white robe and cloak look like in action.
The next shot shows Gorr throwing the All-Black sword into the crumbling, barren landscape.
While Bale’s Gorr’s color palette matches that of the comics, it’s worth noting that the MCU’s Gorr is more humanoid in appearance. It also seems like Marvel Studios is going for a more monochromatic look when it comes to his costume, as his white robes match his pale skin.
Though audiences haven’t seen much, if any, of the villain, Gorrs’ black, symbiotic tendrils love and thunder Funko Pop! have alluded to the presence of this element.
After Gorr the God Butcher drives his sword into the ground, the trailer features this shot of a planet seemingly being destroyed by these flashes of light emanating from a central source.
The last shot is a better look at Gorr’s duel with Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, where she appears to wield Zeus’ bolts of lightning.
Why Gorr the God Butcher should look different
In the original Thor and Thor: The Dark World, the villains (aside from Loki) weren’t necessarily on par with the god of thunder. In fact, Thor is more of an obstacle to himself than some of his previous villains.
Admittedly, that has changed a bit Thor: Ragnarok since Hela was Thor’s sister and he could not destroy her by his own power. But again, the focus of this threequel was more on Thor’s personal woes.
However, this does not appear to be the case love and thunder.
Yes, both trailers established that Thor will be on another journey of self-discovery, but Gorr (Thanos aside) is shaping up to be one of his most formidable and disturbing villains yet.
While Gorr’s overall design differs somewhat from that of the comics, it still seems consistent with the essence of the character; and if Bale retains a human-like appearance, two important things will be accomplished.
First, a human villain often has more appeal than an alien or creature. Thor has fought elves and mythological monsters, but it just feels different when it’s a person. And the fact that Gorr’s look is so understated and simplistic will only highlight his skills with the Necrosword and contrast Thor’s bold costumes and color palette.
Second, since Marvel hired Christian Bale, the studio wants audiences to know their Christian Bale.
Considering the film’s promotional campaign has only just begun, viewers are sure to see more of Gorr in the film’s upcoming trailers and teasers. However, given what has been shown so far and the anticipation of fans, Marvel probably doesn’t need to.
Thor: Love and Thunder Premieres in theaters July 8th.