Played by Christian Bale, Gorr makes a strong impression as the big villain of “Thor: Love and Thunder”. The character could have had a very different design. This is in any case what reports Ken Barthelmey, specialist in the design of monsters in the cinema.
Thor: Love and Thunderthe newborn from Marvel Studios
After successfully directing Thor: Ragnarok (more $853 million in revenue), filmmaker Taika Waititi is back behind the camera for Thor: Love and Thunder. Released on July 13, the film has already amassed more than $516 million in worldwide box office receipts. As a reminder, this new adventure, adapted from Jason Aaron’s comics, tells how Jane Foster gets Thor’s powers back. The opportunity to see the great return of Natalie Portman in the role of Dr. Foster. Alongside Thor, Jane Foster, who has terminal cancer, must face the terrible Gorr. This last, camped by Christian Balemade it his mission to assassinate all the gods of creation, including the Asgardian gods.
50 shades of Gorr
In the comics, Gorr is a humanoid being, black and white. He wears a black cape and hood, has no nose, and sports two long tentacles in place of its ears. As often in film adaptations, the character is a little different from his paper counterpart. Marvel Studios kept some aspects of the character like the ubiquitous white color in Christian Bale. MCU version Gorr also has a bald head, hood, and ominous yellow eyes. But the tentacles were simply removed.
Yet Gorr could have looked like anything else. Ken Barthelmey, a creature designer for different Hollywood movies like godzilla vs kong, The Tomorrow War or the sequel toAquamanshared on his Instagram account, an early concept by Gorr. A very different look at Gorr’s final physique in Thor: Love and Thundereven before Christian Bale was hired.
On these superb illustrations, the antagonist looks more like an alien than a human. A disproportionate head, an unsightly face, a protrusion at the level of the forehead, this villain has nothing to do with that of Thor: Love and Thunder. It also doesn’t look like its comic book version. Nevertheless, these illustrations are magnificent and give the character an impressive and disturbing charisma.
Ken Barthelmey also shared concept art of Russell Crowe as Satan on his account. Indeed, for a time, the New Zealand comedian almost played the king of the underworld before becoming Zeus in the final scenario of Thor: Love and Thunder.
Another artist had also imagined Russell Crowe as Satan.