Love and Thunder concept art reveals comic-accurate gorr

Visual artist Aleksi Briclot reveals the concept art for Thor: Love and Thunder, showcasing a design that’s far more faithful to the comics’ gorr.

Visual artist Aleksi Briclot shares early conceptual art for Thor: Love and Thunder‘s Gorr theme that reveals a more comic-accurate setting. That gate 4 Villain, originally created by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribić, first appeared in January 2013 Thor: God of Thunder #2. Known as Gorr the Godslayer, he grew up on a planet plagued by disaster and scarcity and was raised to worship the gods. After the death of his family members, he renounces his faith and plans to take revenge on the so-called protectors of his people. To achieve this, he connects to a powerful weapon – All-Black the Necrosword – and sets out to slay all the gods, eventually setting him on Thor’s path.

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Portrayed by acting powerhouse Christian Bale in Thor: Love and Thunder, Gorr shared some similarities to his comic book design, including the character’s impasto white skin, pointed teeth, and yellow irises. However, he was given a much more humanoid design for the film, as opposed to the more alien appearance (including tentacles and a flattened nose) from his comic run. Remarkably, Gorr’s less-human characteristics only emerge in the film after he has bonded with the Necro Sword. Also, his comic wardrobe simply includes a black cloak and black underwear offered by the Necrosword. In the film, Gorr wears a long white cloak that doubles as a scarf and hood, covering most of his body and often his head as well, and a tunic underneath.


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Early conceptual art shared by Briclot via Instagram, offers a look at a Gorr design that’s much more in keeping with his comic book appearance. In the images revealed by the visual artist, the God Butcher’s face and head are much more reptilian and the character’s tentacles have been restored. The concept art also features a more comic-accurate rendering of the character’s body, creating the illusion of nudity with a torso armor that matches the character’s skin tone and mimics his Necrosword wardrobe.

The concept art definitely shows a version of Gorr that comic book enthusiasts might have been waiting for in the movie. Though Gorr’s looks and Bale’s performance were harrowing, drawing comparisons to Elizabeth Olsen’s horrified portrayal of the villainous Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, this concept art shows how much scarier he could have been. In his caption, Briclot mentions the reasons for some of the changes in the character’s appearance from the comics. It makes sense that Gorr’s nudity was a challenge and that attempts to slit his nose flattened him resemble Harry Potter Villain Voldemort too close.


The reality of filming can sometimes be difficult when it comes to maintaining the highest possible level of accuracy while bringing comics to life. And while gate 4The mixed critical reception of Gorr has led some to question Gorr’s inclusion and use in the film, there’s no denying that Bale delivered a terrifying performance and powerful villain arc, something the MCU could always use more of. Filmmaking, especially at the level of a Hollywood blockbuster Thor: Love and Thunder, is a collaborative process involving many opinions and visions. Sometimes sacrifices must be made and characters reinvented to tell the story as effectively as possible. Ultimately, the film version of Gorr may look different from his origins, but he stands out among the MCU villains for his balance of creepiness, anger, and pathos.


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Credit: Aleksi Briclot/Instagram

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