Evidence Suggests Christian Bale Will Play Gorr the God Butcher in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Thor: Love and Thunder star Tessa Thompson — the actress behind the franchise’s beloved new King of Asgard, Valkyrie — recently revealed that Christian Bale will take on the primary villain role in the upcoming Phase 4 Thor installment. The news surprised MCU fans everywhere who expected the actor to portray Stormbreaker-wielder Beta Ray Bill. 

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While Thompson revealed that the actor would play the main adversary, she did not reveal which villain in the Norse God’s Marvel mythos he would portray. However, based on Thor’s current arc in the landscape, it has become quite easy to minimize the list down to one likely culprit. So, why is Gorr the God Butcher coming to the MCU? 

Everything Always explains Thor’s link to Gorr the God Butcher 

After Tessa Thompson spilled the beans — providing one of the most highly-anticipated scoops concerning Phase 4 — Everything Always took to their YouTube channel to defend one potential villainous newcomer. The outlet noted: 

If it’s a villain for sure, it really narrows down the scope of characters he could be playing to one, in particular, that fits where Thor is in his arc in the storyline, where the narrative is at for the Mighty Thor parallel in Thor: Love and Thunder, and, of course, matching the character actor the ilk of Christian Bale and that’s Gorr the God Butcher…”

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[Possible spoiler alert for ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’]

The outlet goes on to note that Gorr the God butcher leads a difficult life; He is born on a struggling planet where he and his kind are on the brink of starvation every day. Gorr finally comes to the realization that there are no gods when his beloved pregnant wife dies. 

When traveling through the desert in despair, a god comes along and asks for Gorr’s assistance, and, as you have likely guessed from the character’s apropos name, he kills the god. Gorr proceeds to go on a rampage killing Gods, and he winds up on Thor’s doorstep. 

Thor and Gorr warrant a juxtaposition in the MCU right about now

Gorr is a great foil for Thor because both characters have virtually lost all they love. Given Thor’s current emotional state, Gorr will present an existence Thor rejects yet understands (and can emotionally relate to). 

And, though Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will reportedly not wind up with cancer — which would parallel her comic book arc — Thor could still come to lose (or come in danger of losing) the one love in his life who remains. Though the director has announced that this storyline is out, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a trick up his sleeve concerning a similar narrative that would pay homage to the cancer plot.

While this insider report has not yet been confirmed, the character parallels with Thor make Gorr (who even boasts a similar-sounding name) a good choice, and the character depth and internal turmoil— an illustration beyond foundationless villainy for his heinous actions — seems like a quality that would draw Christian Bale into the MCU’s web.