Thor: Love and Thunder Redesigned Gorr To Avoid Voldemort Comparisons

Writer/director Taika Waititi explains that 
Thor: Love and Thunder’s Gorr the God Butcher’s look deviates from his comic book counterpart to avoid comparisons to 
Harry Potter’s big bad. After revitalizing the 
Thor franchise with 2017’s 
Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi makes his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 
Love and Thunder. The film marks Chris Hemsworth’s fourth solo outing as the titular Asgardian. He’ll appear alongside Natalie Portman as Jane Foster (A.K.A. the Mighty Thor) Jamie Alexander as Lady Sif, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Waititi as Korg, Russell Crowe as Zeus, and Christian Bale as Gorr.,Introduced in the 2012 comic 
Thor: God of Thunder #2, Gorr grew up as a dutiful servant of the gods despite watching those around him suffer while his prayers were never answered. Following the death of his family, Gorr steals the power of one particular god (as well as his sword) and becomes hell-bent on annihilating all deities who forsake their worshippers. The upcoming film is poised to adhere to Gorr’s backstory, with
Love and Thunder‘s trailers already teasing the corpse of Falligar the Behemoth in a frame reminiscent of a panel from Jason Aaron’s 
God of Thunder comic. While Gorr’s story may be similar, Waititi says his look was redesigned to avoid comparisons to the Dark Lord.,Related: Chris Hemsworth’s Thor Comments Reveal A Sad Truth About The Avengers,In a recent interview with 
IGN, Waititi talked about Gorr’s appearance and what influenced the final look of his face. Referencing the primary antagonist of the 
Harry Potter franchise, Waititi said they tried to maintain the character’s aesthetic while avoiding comparisons to Lord Voldemort. Read the full quote below:,From his nose-less visages and pointy teeth to his pale skin, Gorr does resemble Voldemort in the comics. While still pale, the character’s look in 
Love and Thunder allows Bale to utilize his own likeness to evoke the emotions necessary to properly tell Gorr’s story. That said, Bale has revealed several factors played into the decision to have
Love and Thunder‘s
Gorr forgo his comics accurate costume, which includes a black g-string and cloak.,Some may take issue with the slightly unexpected (yet utterly obvious) reason for the MCU to depart from the villain’s comic book look. However, those changes ultimately won’t have influenced Bale’s performance. Those who have already seen
 Love and Thunder called him Marvel’s best villain thus far. While it’ll be tough living up to Ralph Fiennes—even with a nose—Bale’s Gorr should hopefully prove just as formidable in 
Thor: Love and Thunder.,More: Give Us The Real Terrifying Gorr, You Cowards,Source: IGN/Twitter