Thor: Love and Thunder star Chris Hemsworth likes the film’s villain. A lot.
During an interview with IGN, the 38-year-old Marvel star gushed over Christian Bale’s performance as Gorr the God Butcher in the upcoming Thor sequel. So, what makes it so special?
“Everything you’d imagine [Christian Bale] would bring to it,” he said. “Nuance and complexity and truth, levity. He’s one of my favorite actors working, and I was so excited he agreed to jump on board here. What’s he’s done is that he’s definitely one of my favorite villains in the Marvel universe.”
Gorr the God Butcher is a relatively new addition to the comic books. In fact, he’s only been slaying gods since his first appearance in Thor: God of Thunder #1 in 2012.
Driven to madness by the death of his wife and children, Gorr seeks vengeance against the gods, deciding that gods who see suffering but refuse to help simply don’t deserve to live. And so begins his quest to murder every god in the known universe.
Not exactly a light-hearted kind of guy.
“He’s hugely intimidating and destructive, but the right amount of heart and truth there and relatable pain that we can attune to or understand ourselves,” said Hemsworth. “So, it makes it all the more complex when you’re trying to figure out what everyone’s motivations are.”
Of course, with Natalie Portman harnessing the power of lightning in the recent trailer, it’s unclear which god Gorr will be hunting down in Thor: Love and Thunder. Either way, it sounds as though Thor will be facing him head-on… and that sounds like quite a fight.
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Here’s the Thor: Love and Thunder official synopsis:
The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods.
To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi), and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
Thor: Love and Thunder will release on July 8.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.