Learn about the comic book origin of this brutal villain before his debut in Thor: Love and Thunder.
If you’ve been following the news surrounding Thor: Love and Thunder then you’ve heard the name Gorr The God Butcher. Gorr The God Butcher will be played by Christian Bale, and will be the films primarily villain.
In this article we’ll be explaining the origin of Gorr, and his powers and abilities. Without further ado let’s get into the history of Gorr The God Butcher.
The Origin of Gorr The God Butcher
Thankfully Gorr‘s comic book history isn’t really complicated and it’s a fairly linear story arc. We are introduced to Gorr in issue #1 of the Thor: God of Thunder comic which is written by Jason Aaron.
As a child Gorr grew up on a planet without a name. The planet appears mostly forgotten about as there is little to no vegetation or wildlife. On his planet the Sun never sets and this is help to contribute to the harsh environment of the planet. Gorrs people live in caves and survive by eating bugs and whatever else they could find.
Even with the harsh environment that they live in, Gorrs people still pray to and have faith in their Gods. They are a very religious culture and this is shown when we are introduced to Gorrs mother at the beginning of his origin. Just moments of us being introduced to Gorrs mother she is brutally murdered in front him by creatures on the planet.
Next we see an older Gorr that has a wife and family, and his wife is also killed when an accident leads her to fall outside of their cave. Gorr is now left with his last remaining relative, his son. His son later dies from starvation due to the harsh world of their planet.
Gorr proceeds to bury his son, but the other members of his community are outraged by this as in their culture the bodies must be hanged to avoid angering their Gods. This enrages Gorr as he shares his hatred for the Gods. According to Gorr If they existed or even cared they wouldn’t be forced to live in these conditions and he may not have lost his family. Upon hearing this the members of his community are outraged and exile him from their group.
Gorr his forced to wander the abandon wasteland alone awaiting his death. He suddenly sees an explosion and investigates further. Two Gods were fighting and fell from the sky. One God is dead and the other is begging for Gorr to help him and he refuses.
Now knowing for sure that the Gods existed and they did nothing only fueled his rage. Gorr is wrapped in All-Black Necrosword which was left by the deceased God. He forms this into a weapon and kills the remaining God. With his new powers he flies in the air and all he can think of is are there any more Gods for him to kill.
Gorr continues to grow in strength as he kills Gods throughout the Marvel Universe I’m extremely brutal ways. At one point he even travels to the beginning of time to kill the God that created everything, keeping his heart to use to make a bomb that would kill all of the Gods in existence.
So let’s just say that Gorr The God Butcher lives up to his name.
Powers & Abilities
Gorr, doesn’t necessarily have any powers of his own per se, but once he comes into posses the Necrosword he gains the ability of flight, regeneration, and the ability to turn the Necrosword into a weapon.
As his power increases overtime he is able to create mindless minions that can operate on their own, but Gorr is still somewhat connected to them. Gorr is almost Godlike himself whilst using the Necrosword. He lives for over 2,000 years, and is able to travel through time and dimensions without taking much physical damage.
There isn’t much to read in terms of Gorr: The God Butcher as he is only mentioned in one Marvel Comics story so far. You can read about him in Thor: God of Thunder (2012) Issues #1 thru 11.
I highly recommend reading this story as it’s amazing how much of a threat Gorr: The God Butcher is. If you’d like me to review the complete Thor comic issues containing Gorr, please let me know by leaving a comment below.