Chris Hemsworth Calls Christian Bale’s Butcher God Gorr One of His Favorite Marvel Villains

Thor: Love and Thunder star Chris Hemsworth loves the movie’s villain. A lot.

During an interview with IGN, the 38-year-old Marvel star raved about Christian Bale’s performance as Gorr the God Butcher in the upcoming Thor sequel. So what makes it so special?

“Everything you imagine [Christian Bale] would bring to it,” he said. “Nuance and complexity and truth, lightness. He’s one of my favorite actors at work, and I was so excited that he agreed to come on board here. What he’s done is he’s definitely one of my favorite villains in the Marvel Universe.”

Gorr the God Butcher is a relatively new addition to the comics. In fact, he’s only slain gods since his first appearance in 2012’s Thor: God of Thunder #1.

Driven mad by the deaths of his wife and children, Gorr seeks revenge on the gods, deciding that the gods who see the suffering but refuse to help simply don’t deserve to live. And so begins his quest to assassinate every god in the known universe.

Not really a light guy.

“He’s extremely intimidating and destructive, but the right amount of heart and truth there and relatable pain that we can adapt to or relate to,” Hemsworth said. “So that makes it all the more complex when you’re trying to figure out what each other’s motivations are.”

Of course, with Natalie Portman harnessing the power of lightning in the recent trailer, it’s unclear which god Gorr will be stalking in Thor: Love and Thunder. Either way, it looks like Thor will face him head-on… and it looks like one hell of a fight.

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Here is the official synopsis of Thor: Love and Thunder:

The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on an unprecedented journey – a quest for inner peace. But his retreat 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 magic hammer, Mjolnir, as Mighty Thor. Together they embark on a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s revenge and stop him before it’s too late.

Thor: Love and Thunder will be released on July 8.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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