A new promotional image for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder shows Chris Hemsworth’s and Natalie Portman’s Thors facing their new adversary, Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale.
Love and Thunder marks the fourth entry in Marvel’s Thor franchise, making Thor the first MCU hero to get four solo movies. As well as Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, the film sees the return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, who has somehow come to possess Thor’s old hammer, Mjolnir, transforming her into a new incarnation of the God of Thunder. Facing down the two of them is a villain dedicated to ridding the universe of all gods – Gorr the God Butcher. Gorr is being brought to live action by The Dark Knight star, Christian Bale.
No official images of Christian Bale’s Gorr had been released by Marvel, until now. While this new promotional image does not show Bale himself as Gorr, it does reveal the villain’s look in a comic-inspired tease for Thor: Love and Thunder. Previously released promo art in the same style gave the film’s heroes comic-book makeovers. The new image confirms the MCU redesign for Thor’s new enemy. Check it out below:
Gorr’s look in Thor: Love and Thunder is a departure from the comics, which is already giving a few Marvel fans some strong opinions. However, with a talent like Christian Bale bringing the character to life, it’s not surprising Marvel would want to give him a more human face, making it easier for the character to clearly and fully emote. It’s also understandable that the filmmakers opted for a less revealing costume than the one Gorr wore in the comics, which consisted of a cloak and little else.
Here is the synopsis for Thor: Love and Thunder:
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.
Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, and Russell Crowe.
Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming Marvel Studios film, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.