The new Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Thor: Love and Thunder continued the trend of other MCU films over the past few years. While the villain – Gorr the Butcher God, in this case – is evil, does terrible things, and is a destructive force of nature, in his own mind he believes he only goes after those who hurt him and others like him. Gorr hates the gods, whom he considers hypocrites – and he might be right.
In the opening scenes of Thor: Love and Thunder, Gorr (Christian Bale) and his daughter were the last of their kind, alone and dying on a planet with no water and no chance of survival. Refusing to give up his god, Rapu, Gorr cared for his daughter and continued to pray and ask for help. He never gave up trusting his god. However, Gorr’s heart broke when his daughter succumbed to dehydration and malnutrition and died alongside him on the planet. Gorr buried his daughter and mourned her loss, but he still refused to give up belief in his god.
This belief was misguided as Gorr soon learned that Rapu did not care that he and his people were all dead and that the god offered no “eternal reward” to his followers for their struggles. The god told him that beings like Gorr only existed to serve and worship him, and after they died there would be others to take their place. To top it off, as Gorr watched his daughter die without water, his god had an abundance of food and water and lacked nothing. At this time, Gorr has developed a great hatred for Rapu and all gods who ignore the people who worship them. He wanted those gods dead, and he was in the right place at the right time because the Necrosword found him.
Thor: Love and Thunder hinted at how powerful the Necrosword was. Thor explained that it was an ancient weapon that could kill all gods. When Zeus spoke to Thor later in the film, he showed that even a god as powerful as himself feared this weapon. It infects the wielder, and eventually, that host will die, but the Necrosword lives on, a being bent on killing and destroying anything it touches. In the comics, it was the first Symbiote created by Knull, but in the movie, it’s just an ancient evil that’s one of the most destructive weapons the MCU has seen since the Infinity Gauntlet. The mixture of the evil of the Necrosword and the hatred burning in Gorr’s heart after losing his daughter to gods who didn’t care was the perfect combination to turn him into a weapon of mass destruction.
The twist came at the end of Thor: Love and Thunder, yet. As Gorr proceeded to kill each of the gods in the most gruesome way possible, he had an ulterior motive. The real reason he was killing gods was because he wanted the powers of the Bifrost. He brought Thor out of hiding to fight him and sought access to Stormbreaker. It was because he knew the Bifrost could open the portal to the cosmic being Eternity. Once there, he would get a wish, which he would use to wipe all gods out of existence, so they could never neglect or harm their followers again. His gods forsook him, so he went on a rampage, and if not for the love and humanity he saw in the heart of the thunder god, Thor, Gorr could have destroyed them all.
To see Gorr’s journey, Thor: Love and Thunder is in theaters now.