Gorr the God Butcher

Gorr the God Butcher is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Gorr the God Butcher
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Gorr (left) fighting Thor in the textless cover of Thor: God of Thunder #5 (April 2013).
Art by Esad Ribic.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThor: God of Thunder #2 (January 2013)
Created byJason Aaron
Esad Ribic
In-story information
Alter egoGorr
SpeciesUnknown alien race
Place of originUnnamed planet
Notable aliasesGorr the Redeemer, Killer of Gods, Butcher of Gods, the Black Butcher
AbilitiesAlien symbiote grants:
  • Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and durability
  • Virtual immortality
  • Limited shapeshifting and camouflage
  • Symbiote's autonomous defense capabilities
  • Replication of symbiote
  • Regenerative healing

The character is scheduled to make his live-action debut in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, played by Christian Bale.

Publication historyEdit

Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic decided to relaunch the Thor franchise during the Marvel NOW! initiative. Gorr first appeared in Thor: God of Thunder #2 (January 2013).[1]

Fictional character biographyEdit

Gorr grew up on a nameless barren planet where earthquakes, lack of water, and wild animals are common. No gods help them, but they still trust blindly in the gods. When his mother, mate and children died, he thought gods could not exist and because of that, he was outcast by his tribe. When he learned gods did, in fact, exist but did not help those in need such as his dying family, he vowed to kill them all. He then acquired All-Black the Necrosword from Knull after witnessing Knull in combat with a golden god.[2][3] He eventually finds young Thor Odinson on Earth in Medieval Iceland. He nearly kills Thor, but a band of Vikings come to rescue him. Gorr escapes, having his arm cut off, but learns he needs help, so he creates an army of shadow Berserkers, then slowly and quietly eliminates more and more gods. In the present, Thor notices the missing gods and investigates their disappearances. This brings Gorr and Thor to another battle, but Gorr then teleports into the future, where an aged Thor is the last Asgardian defending the realm against the shadow berserkers. Gorr also brings the young Thor into the future, where his wife and children have seemingly been resurrected and is about to set off the Godbomb. Gorr's son is actually a construct made out of All-Black the Necrosword and despises what his father has turned into, so it gives Thor the power to absorb the blast. Thor from the present then uses the two Mjolnirs to kill Gorr.[4]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Gorr possesses "All-Black the Necrosword", which according to Galactus, "carved the first dawn from the stone of the endless night."[5] The blade was forged by Knull, the progenitor of the symbiotes, using the head of a killed Celestial.[6] The blade allows its user to create wings that allow the user to fly at extreme speeds, weapons, and a shroud of Berserkers constructed out of darkness. He can create sharp tendrils that can kill any god, including Asgardians. The blade is later banished into a black hole, but an elderly King Thor uses it to battle Galactus.[7] Gorr also created the Godbomb, an anti-divinity armament designed to kill every god who had existed or ever would exist.[8] Gorr possesses superhuman strength, durability and endurance and is also virtually immortal.[9][10]

In other mediaEdit

FilmEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Sanderson, Peter; Brevoort, Tom; Teitelbaum, Michael; Wallace, Daniel; Darling, Andrew; Forbeck, Matt; Cowsill, Alan; Bray, Adam (2019). The Marvel Encyclopedia. DK Publishing. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-4654-7890-0.
  2. ^ Thor: God of Thunder #6
  3. ^ Venom (vol. 4) #4
  4. ^ Thor: God of Thunder #11 (October 2013)
  5. ^ Thor: God of Thunder #23
  6. ^ Venom (vol. 4) #4
  7. ^ Thor: God of Thunder #23
  8. ^ Thor: God of Thunder #11 (October 2013)
  9. ^ Marvel Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded ()
  10. ^ Marvel Encyclopedia: Fantastic Four. Marvel Comics
  11. ^ "Christian Bale Joins Cast of 'Thor: Love and Thunder' As Gorr the God Butcher". Marvel.com. December 10, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-15.

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