New Delhi: Marvel Studios recently released the trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth installment in the “Thor” franchise. The most interesting characters portrayed in the Thor: Love and Thunder trailer are Christian Bale’s Gorr The God Butcher and Russell Crowe’s Zeus.
In the movie’s trailer, only Zeus’ back was shown. Zeus is a very popular character that has been mentioned in superhero movies such as Wonder Woman (2017), part of the Detective Comics Extended Universe (DCEU).
The Zeus character in Marvel and DC Comics is based on the Greek god of the same name. In Greek mythology, Zeus is described as the god of the sky and is considered the ruler, protector and father of all gods and humans.
Zeus lives in Olympia, a giant land of the gods, and is the patriarch of the Greek domain. He is the ruler of Mount Olympus and is therefore an Olympian.
In the 2017 film Wonder Woman, Diana Prince was introduced as the daughter of the Greek god Zeus and Hippolyta, queen of the Amazonians of Themyscira.
Zeus’ entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Thor: Love and Thunder marks the official entry of Zeus into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the Marvel comics, the powers of Zeus and Thor have been shown to be on the same level. Zeus’ durability and physical power surpass any mortal by a huge margin, and he can also control the sky and weather. He can even fight someone as powerful as Galactus.
Once Zeus and Thor fought for eight months without a break. Although Zeus emerged victorious, the feat does not determine that he is more powerful than Thor because at that time the God of Thunder was not as strong as the current version of Thor seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ( MCUs).
Based on strength and power, Asgardians are ranked above humans in Marvel comics. The cosmic entities, which are part of the cosmic level, are the strongest. Additionally, the Olympians are ranked above the Asgardians in the comics.
However, in the MCU, Zeus may not be more powerful than Thor. Zeus, who is the Skyfather and the father of several deities, might even be less powerful than Odin, the Allfather.
Olympus might even be one of the kingdoms that Odin and Hela had conquered. While Zeus may be on par with Odin in terms of power, the trailer doesn’t make the Greek god appear too strong. On the contrary, Zeus looks like a glutton who enjoys worldly pleasures.
However, Russell Crowe’s Zeus was able to restrain Thor in chains, which is a remarkable feat, and could prove the Skyfather to be stronger than the God of Thunder in the MCU.
Gorr the butcher god
Another interesting element of the trailer is the terrifying look of Christian Bale as Gorr The God Butcher. Gorr will be the villain of Thor: Love and Thunder, and will go on a frenzy to “butcher” the gods. Throughout the trailer, Gorr is depicted in black and white, with the only exception being his eyes. In a grim tone, Gorr said, “The only thing the gods care about is themselves.” He then swears to kill all the gods.
The main comic on which “Thor: Love and Thunder” is based was written by Jason Aaron. In the comic issue, Thor was in Norway partying with humans. The main villain of the story is Gorr, who was very religious as a child and prayed to the gods to save his family, but his wife and children died, prompting him to seek revenge.
Gorr acquired a powerful sword called All-Black the Necrosword or All-Black. He is a malevolent dark deity who has existed for billions of years and is believed to be the first symbiote created.
All-Black was wielded by an ancient malevolent deity called Knull.
Gorr uses the Necrosword to travel through the cosmos and the butcher gods.
The trailer even shows Gorr holding the Necrosword. In one of the scenes, Gorr is surrounded by inky tentacles, which could be extensions of the Necrosword, or different symbiotes.
In one of the teaser scenes, Thor and Korg watch the corpse of a god called Falligar the Behemoth, who is murdered by Gorr. The scene is straight from the comics.
Falligar was the patron god of the galactic frontier and an acquaintance of Thor. Falligar’s corpse now lies rotting on the shores of his homeworld.
Thor may have gone to the homeworld of Falligar to warn him of Gorr, but he was killed before his friend could come.
In the first scene of the official trailer, we see Thor meditating on a planet with two suns and two moons. Some blue-skinned creatures are seen, suggesting that the planet might be Centauri IV, Yondu’s homeworld. The planet is part of the Alpha Centauri star system, and one of its neighboring planets is Alpha Centauri VI, which was referenced in Eternals (2021). Centauri VI was destroyed to allow the birth of a Celestial, and could have been the planet of Gorr.
The film’s climax likely takes place in Olympus, where Gorr will be seen attacking Zeus and Thor.
Valkyrie and Thor are seen battling Gorr in a world that has turned black and white, presumably because Gorr has drained the planet of all color. He even plunged the Necrosword into the planet’s crust in one of the scenes, presumably to kill a Celestial gestating there.
Valkyrie fights Gorr using a lighting bolt, similar to the one Zeus was seen holding in the trailer. This suggests that Zeus will likely be killed by Gorr, an indication of the power of an evil Gorr.