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Who Is Gorr the God Butcher? Inside the New Role of Christian Bale

Bettina Dizon
May 24, 2022
01:50 P.M.
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The highly-anticipated Marvel film "Thor: Love and Thunder" will hit the theaters in July, and fans cannot wait to see Christian Bale's new role as Gorr the God Butcher. Here's a closer look at the fictional character.

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Each film release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise never fails to leave fans in awe of its storyline and cinematography. So, it comes as no surprise that every movie becomes highly-anticipated.

In July, the MCU will release yet another film, "Thor: Love and Thunder." The movie is the fourth installment to the MCU's Thor franchise, making way for Chris Hemsworth's return as the hammer-wielding Norse god.

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IS THE "THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER" TRAILER ALREADY OUT?

Over a month ago, the teaser of "Thor: Love and Thunder" gave fans a glimpse of Hemsworth and Natalie Portman's role in the film.

However, the official trailer, released during the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, had a first look at Christian Bale embodying his character as Gorr the God Butcher.

With both old and new cast members gearing up for what appears to be a fictional battle, fans cannot wait to see what the storyline has in store for viewers.

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IS GORR THE GOD BUTCHER A VILLAIN?

In the 2015 "Thor" installment, "Thor: God of Thunder #2," Gorr debuted as someone who fell victim to the cruel conditions of his grim planet 3,000 years ago. He struggled to survive with his wife and children and prayed to the Gods for a better tomorrow.

When his mother, wife, and kids died, Gorr experienced pain and grew angry at the protectors, making him an antagonist in the fourth installment. With his internal struggle fueled by rage, he sought revenge on the Gods.

When the opportunity presented itself, he killed one God and spent the next 2,000 years causing chaos across galaxies.

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Christian Bale during the premiere Of FOX's "Ford V Ferrari" at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 04, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

His arrival on earth eventually allows him to cross paths with Thor, another target to torture while extracting information about the Asgardian race. With his superhuman abilities, given by the Necrosword, he becomes among the most dangerous villains Thor faces.

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The Englishman perfectly portrayed a dual personality, instilling fear as the Batman and fitting in amongst Gotham's elites as the rich-playboy Bruce Wayne.

"Thor: Love and Thunder" will be under the direction of award-winning Taika Waititi, whose "Thor: Ragnarok" quickly became a fan favorite.

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WHICH SUPERHERO DID CHRISTIAN BALE PLAY?

This is certainly not the first time moviegoers will see Christian Bale in a superhero film. In 2005, along with award-winning director Christopher Nolan, Bale portrayed Gotham City's watchful protector in "Batman Begins."

Through this film franchise, Bale had the opportunity to bring life to a generational comic book character's story from start to finish. The Englishman perfectly portrayed a dual personality, instilling fear as the Batman and fitting in amongst Gotham's elites as the rich-playboy Bruce Wayne.

Christian Bale during the "Vice" (Vice - Der zweite Mann) press conference at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 11, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. | Source: Getty Images

Bale has exhibited an excellent track record in films, showcasing great chemistry with his co-actors and his ability to manifest a character. Apart from the Dark Knight trilogy, his notable films include "Shaft" (2000), 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin" (2001), "Laurel Canyon" (2002), "Reign of Fire" (2002), and "The Big Short" (2015).

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