Marvel’s Kevin Feige Explains Christian Bale’s Look As Gorr In ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’

Kevin Feige explains why Marvel dropped Gorr's comic book design.

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Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has explained the design of Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder and the decision to move away from the villain’s comic book look.

In Marvel comics, Gorr the God Butcher was a monstrous figure with empty white eyes in a noseless, lipless face and two long tendrils extending from his head. While Gorr’s comic book design looks terrifying on the page, Kevin Feige points out it could have diminished Christian Bale’s version of the character.

Addressing Gorr’s new design, Kevin Feige spoke about wanting to preserve as much of Christian Bale’s performance as possible.

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Marvel’s Kevin Feige justified the studio’s design for Christian Bale’s Gorr in the making-of documentary Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Thor: Love And Thunder.

While Feige acknolwedges the power and influence of the comics’ Gorr design, the Marvel producer said that the decision was made early on to avoid making Gorr a motion-capture character in order to avoid losing Christian Bale’s performance in the role.

Kevin Feige explained in the Thor: Love and Thunder documentary:

“Gorr the God Butcher has an awesome look in the comics. We wanted to tap into that. But had we done exactly that translation, we would’ve lost all of Christian. So we made the decision early on that we didn’t want him to be a motion capture character. There are incredible ways of doing that, but with this particular actor in this particular character, Taika really believed, rightfully so, that we could achieve that with makeup.”

While Thor: Love and Thunder proved divisive amongst fans, Christian Bale’s performance as Gorr the God Butcher was one of the film’s most lauded elements. The decision to achieve the character’s look through makeup rather than a CGI double was probably a wise move on Marvel’s part.

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 Thor sequel stars Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

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