Marvel’s Next Adventure Thor: Love and Thunder sees the God of Thunder return to the MCU for his fourth solo adventure. And this time, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor faces a formidable foe named Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale. Fans have noticed that the Gorr seen in the trailer and teasers is very different from what the character looks like in the Marvel Comics. Director Taika Waititi has now revealed why. Also read: Thor: Love and Thunder trailer introduces a terrifying Christian Bale

In the comics, Gorr is more muscular and almost always naked. While those aspects had changed for practical reasons, the biggest change in Gorr’s appearance for the film was his face. In the movie, Gorr looks almost human, while in the comics he lacks a nose. Taika said he has comparisons to the iconic . wanted to avoid Harry Potter villain Voldemort, who was also pale and had no nose.

Speaking to IGN about Gorr, Taika said: “His face in the comics looks a bit like Voldemort unfortunately. So I was like ‘people are just going to make that connection automatically’. So we decided to deviate from that design and add elements of the tone, and the fact that he had the sword. Really, it was his story that mattered to us.”

Taika Waititi says the comic version of Gorr (left) was very similar to Ralph Fiennes' Voldemort from the Harry Potter series.
Taika Waititi says the comic version of Gorr (left) was very similar to Ralph Fiennes’ Voldemort from the Harry Potter series.

Earlier, Christian Bale had talked about why the character in the movie is less muscular than the one in the comics. Speaking to ComicBook.com, he said, “I came out of a movie where it would have taken me to have quite a bit of muscle mass. And then I saw the footage and thought, ‘Well, that’s not going to work…’ He looked in the comic books as physical, you know, someone to be reckoned with. And I said, ‘Well, you know, that just won’t be possible in the state I’m in. And we’ve literally three days between the finishing a movie and going to Australia for the quarantine and stuff’ I usually like to have a lot more time in between, but the pandemic has made it so.”

Thor: Love and Thunder is part of phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe† The film also stars Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson, and will be released in India on July 7, a day ahead of its theatrical release in the US and much of the rest of the world.

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