Kevin Feige Explains Why Gorr's Design Wasn't Comic-Accurate

Kevin Feige Explains Why Gorr's Design Wasn't Comic-Accurate
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The fourth installment of the Thor franchise has been criticized for many things, but the way the movie treated Gorr is arguably the biggest pain for the fandom.

In 'Thor: Love and Thunder ', Marvel finally decided to bring one of the most intimidating villains to big screens – Gorr the God Butcher. However, the character has been heavily altered – mainly in terms of design.

In the comics, he looked way more terrifying, according to many fans. Still, the portrayal of Gorr by Christian Bale has garnered accolades even from those who generally disliked the movie for its reliance on comedic relief and failure to show the most important scenes (particularly those with Gorr) on screens.

The character design, however, remains one of the grievances. But, according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the creative team had no other choice but to change Gorr's appearance.

"Gorr the God Butcher has an awesome look in the comics. We wanted to tap into that. But had we done exactly that translation, we would've lost all of Christian. So we made the decision early on that we didn't want him to be a motion capture character," Feige explained in the making-of documentary for 'Love and Thunder' on Disney Plus.

Despite the motion-capture technology offering "incredible ways of doing that", the Marvel Studios president argued that the movie's director Taika Waititi was right when he insisted that "we could achieve that with makeup".

Earlier, it was also argued that Gorr's design was changed so as not to be a copy of Lord Voldermort's look in the Harry Potter movie saga. The two villains were still compared by fans, but if the movie went for a noseless design (that was more comic-accurate), the difference would hardly even be there.

Christian Bale himself, according to the documentary, was down to the changes, quickly determining what made Gorr click with him, "down to the tiny details of the length of his fingernails, just how scary he is, color of the practical paint we gave him, the scars and these amazing tattoos indicative and representative of his past."

'Thor: Love and Thunder' is currently streaming on Disney Plus. The movie marked the fourth solo film for the God of Thunder, but had to weather a lot of fan criticism because of its goofy tone and storytelling issues.