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Warning: This article contains spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder.

The Backstory of Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder is quite different from its origins in the comics and is worth comparing the two. In transition from the comics to love and thunder, Gorr has undergone a number of changes that manage to keep his character’s core elements intact, while shifting some of the larger details around him. The changes in Thor: Love and Thunder make a compelling on-screen villain, albeit slightly different from his comic book counterpart.

Gorr the God Butcher is the titular villain of Jason Aaron’s God Butcher arc Thor running, many elements of which have been customized Thor: Love and Thunder. Gorr was raised in a religious culture on a planet plagued by hunger and poverty, but tragic event after circumstance left Gorr a broken man, wishing for death while cursing the gods that never helped him and his loved ones had. At his lowest point, Gorr obtained a powerful weapon called the Necrosword and decided to use its power to kill all the gods in the universe, which of course brought him into conflict with Thor.

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Thor: Love and Thunder retains the most basic aspects of Gorr’s character, but there are still significant differences between the stories of each version of the character. love and thunder is not a full adaptation of the God Butcher arc, as the film only uses certain aspects of it for an otherwise original story. Here are the biggest changes made to Thor: Love and Thunder‘s villain and why Gorr the God Butcher was changed for the MCU.

How Thor: Love & Thunder changed Gorr’s origins


Gorr the God Butcher in Thor Love and Thunder and Comics

The main difference in backstory is that the comics do a lot more to set up Gorr’s vendetta against the gods than Thor: Love and Thunder does. In the comics, Gorr was shown to have gradually lost faith in the gods as he successively lost his loved ones to predators, starvation, and nature itself, even being stoned and left for dead by his tribe for renouncing the gods. Thor: love and thunder, even for cameos, cuts out all of Gorr’s loved ones except his daughter, originally his son in the comics. It also doesn’t mention that he was banished from his tribe, showing that he still keeps his faith even when his daughter dies, only losing it when he meets his god Rapu in person and realizes how cruel and indifferent Rapu is is.


The final events that make Gorr the God Butcher and the events immediately following also differ significantly between the comics and the MCU. In the comics, after Gorr was banished from his tribe, he encountered the dark god Knull and a golden god, who crashed onto his planet in the midst of battle. Badly wounded, the golden god Gorr asked for help with his injuries. Gorr, angered by the seeming hypocrisy of a god asking for his help, used the necro sword to kill them both (although the dark god Knull the King in Black actually survived the encounter). Gorr then spent centuries slaughtering gods across the galaxy, leading to an encounter with a young Thor in the ninth century that nearly resulted in Gorr’s death.


in the Thor: Love and Thunder, the golden god is replaced by Gorr’s own god Rapu. Gorr doesn’t kill him because he perceives him as a hypocrite like in the comics, but because of a combination of the necro sword corrupting him and the hatred of how Rapu laughs at the suffering of Gorr’s people. From there, Gorr begins slaying gods, eventually catching Thor’s attention so he can steal Stormbreaker. Thor’s mystical ax is necessary for Gorr to summon the Bifrost to meet with the Marvel cosmic entity known as Eternity. In this way, Thor: Love and Thunders Gorr origin is in stark contrast to the comics, where Gorr slaughtered indiscriminately until his first encounter with Thor forced him to play smarter.


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Why Gorr looks so different in the MCU


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There are distinct differences between Gorr in the comics and Gorr in the MCU, and the first that needs to be addressed is why the MCU version looks so radically different than the comic book version. In the comics, Gorr was muscular and very other-worldly in appearance, with a flattened reptilian nose, large tentacles sprouting from his head, blank white eyes, jagged teeth, and a body clad only in the shapeshifting necro sword placed between the cloak and armor changed . in the Thor: Love and ThunderHowever, Gorr is rather slim and wears normal clothing rather than relying on the Necro Sword for camouflage. Also, he looks like a normal human outside of his white skin and jagged teeth, both of which only appear after he has obtained the Necrosword and transformed as a result.


love and thunder‘s Gorr changes from the comics are pretty drastic for certain intelligent reasons. In terms of physique, Christian Bale said when it came time for him to film love and thunder, he had just finished a film in which he had to be skinny. With the pandemic still raging at the time, he didn’t have time to bulk up, so his design was changed to focus more on his powers than his body. As for his face, according to director Taika Waititi, Gorr’s appearance was altered because he felt that keeping the original design would have drawn too many comparisons Harry Potter‘s Voldemort, and the antennas were probably discarded on the assumption that they wouldn’t work with a more human look, and perhaps even because they too closely resemble the Twi’lek from Disney’s other major IP, war of stars.

Why Gorr’s backstory is so different in Thor: Love & Thunder


Gorr looks around Thor Love and Thunder

With Thor: Love and Thunder Running at just under two hours, there isn’t enough time to delve into all aspects of Gorr’s backstory from the comics. It’s streamlined into a few powerful scenes that still establish Gorr’s fury and motivation while saving time. While Gorr is the main villain of Thor: Love and Thunder, the true focus of the film is Thor’s character development and rekindling his relationship with Jane. Gorr’s presence serves as a foil for Thor and a cautionary tale. Thor can lose himself in grief and loss, as Gorr did, or he can, as Jane implores him, keep his heart open. Gorr’s story is told in shorthand, just enough to portray him as Thor’s dark mirror.


It would be easy enough for a comic book reader to be disappointed by the significant changes made to Gorr in Thor: Love and Thunder, even if there are good reasons for the changes. But the MCU version of Gorr is still a unique character in his own right, even if he might not capture exactly the same energy as the original. Thanks to that, Christian Bales Gorr still has a lot to offer and is worth appreciating.

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