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MCU Fans Have Some Strong Feelings About Thor: Love And Thunder's Gorr The God Butcher

The following article contains spoilers for "Thor: Love and Thunder."

In Marvel movies, the hero's typically only as good as the villain they have to go up against. And in "Thor: Love and Thunder," we see the titular god battle one of his most imposing foes to date. 

In the past, Thor's adversaries have traditionally been family affairs. With the exception of Malekith the Dark Elf (Christopher Eccleston), Thor has battled his siblings, namely Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Hera (Cate Blanchett). Now that they're both out of the picture, he needs some fresh blood to go up against, and he gets it in the form of Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). 

Gorr's issue with Thor is fairly straightforward. He felt betrayed by his own god, so once he got hold of the Necrosword, he vowed to kill every god out there. Thor is no exception, and based on some of the scenes we get, he's pretty efficient in his god-killing. He manages to defeat some truly formidable foes before turning his attention to Eternity and getting that coveted wish to take out every god once and for all. He may be the bad guy, but he's more than made his mark on fans, who can't help but praise what's arguably one of the best villains in a Marvel movie.

Fans think Gorr is one of the most sympathetic villains Marvel has come out with

"Thor: Love and Thunder" opens with a sequence showing Gorr's backstory. Basically, he wandered the desert, eventually losing his daughter. When he finally stumbles upon his god, he's heartbroken to realize that the god doesn't care about him or his daughter, so he vows to kill every god out there. 

It's a heartbreaking sequence. Who can't empathize with a man who's just lost his daughter? And fans seem to think this makes Gorr one of the better antagonists to come out of Marvel Studios. Redditor u/Bindingnom kicked off a discussion, saying, "This was the first time, in a verrry long time, that [I] actually felt the menace of the [villain] and jeopardy of the characters. [And] it was the first time [I] felt that [I] wanted to see more [of] the villain's 'adventures.'" A ton of people agreed, with many only wishing they had gotten to see more of Gorr in the flick. One user stated, "Definitely wish we could have seen at least one more scene of God Butchery."

There may very well be more Gorr moments on the horizon if special features come out on the future DVD and Blu-Ray. In an interview with IGN, Bale mentioned how one particular scene had to be left on the cutting room floor: "It was perhaps a little bit too extreme to be included in the film, but there was a lot of wonderful stuff that we shot." Gorr likely won't come back to the MCU proper considering the film's ending, but deleted scenes would be more than welcome if it means fans can spend a little bit more time with the God Butcher.

Movie Gorr is similar to comics Gorr

In "Thor: Love and Thunder," Gorr's health gradually deteriorates due to his use of the Necrosword. By the time he reaches Eternity, he's nearly at death's door, and with his final promised wish, he brings his daughter back to life. At the end of the day, Gorr's really a family man. He just wanted his family to be safe, which is par the course for the Gorr readers know from the comics. 

Gorr's comics origin story is similar to the one we see in the film. While he initially believes in the worthiness of the gods, he soon loses hope due to the loss of his wife and children. Unlike the film, his final child is a boy in the comics, but his faith isn't enough, and his child quickly perishes. 

Gorr is a relatively new addition to comics lore. He made his first appearance in "Thor: God of Thunder #2" in 2012, and he's gone on to have numerous spars with the likes of the Asgardian. For those wishing for more adventures with Gorr, the pages of a comic will be your best bet. There are plenty of folks who would like to see more of the antagonist, as evidenced by Redditor u/Government_Trash, who wrote, "Honestly I could watch [a] Gorr movie. Just the opening with his daughter made me [sympathize] with him. Such an interesting character."

Gorr's return to the MCU is unlikely, despite characters having come back from the dead before. But if you want more Gorr, you'll have to head over to your local comic shop.