Thor: Love and Thunder is already in theaters, a film in which the god of thunder and his companions will have to face the fearsome Gorr the butcher of gods
The fourth installment of the adventures of Thor as the protagonist in Marvel studios, is already in theaters, a film that has generated a mixed reaction among fans, some love the comic touch of the film that follows the same line of Thor: Ragnarök, and others simply do not give it approval precisely because of the excess of this resource, which is sometimes not very successful in moments of greater drama. PBut everyone agrees on the great interpretation of Christian Bale, that has given us one of the best villains of the UCM, Gorr the butcher of gods, but, if for many the appearance seemed terrifying, wait to see the one that could have had, and that finally was not.
Gorr’s design was highly criticized when the first merchan leaks began and then later with the official trailers, for its little resemblance to the character’s appearance in the original Jason Aarony and Esad Ribic comics, something that Bale’s interpretation and the use of photography in the film made fans forget. However, the character design was going to be much more terrifying than what we saw on screen. now thanks to Ken Barthelmeycharacter designer at Marvel Studios we have been able to see some concept art of what the butcher of gods could have looked like.
His first design for Gorr gave the character a much stranger feel, making him look a bit more like a fish with slit-like nostrils and wrinkles on his face that almost look like gills. Also, there are a series of protrusions coming out of the back of his skull to give him a much more terrifying appearance than the one that appeared in the final cut of the film. The second design kept the same head and skull structure as the first, but changed the face significantly.
The eyes remain identical, though this one has a long, upright nose with six nostrils that protrude when Gorr growls. Also, his teeth appear much more jagged and spaced apart than they do in the movie, which provides another aspect of his appearance that makes him seem more terrifying.
Barthelmey noted that these designs were made long before Christian Bale was cast in the role and that he enjoyed what Bale brought to the performance:
“The first design of Gorr the butcher of gods I did for Thor: Love and Thunder at Odd Studio, before Christian Bale was selected. I loved Bale’s interpretation of the character. Thanks to Adam Johansen for bringing me on board.”
You can see the designs below:
Director Taika Waititi described Christian Bale’s Gorr as the best MCU villain to date, elevating the list a little higher than Cate Blanchett did as Hela in Thor: Ragnarök 2017. It would have been interesting if this ultimately unused look would have made Bale’s performance in the film even more terrifying. What do you think?