Thor: Love and Thunder helps explain Thor’s failure to kill Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War through his first fight with Gorr. The lovable Asgardian Avenger, played by Chris Hemsworth, meets Gorr (Christian Bale) when the God Butcher attacks New Asgard. During the chaotic battle, in which Gorr escapes to the Shadow Realm with the children of New Asgard, Thor is reunited with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Mjölnir, who has reforged and bonded with her. However, tied to this dramatic reunion, Thor’s fight with Gorr also awakens some old demons from his past.
Thor may have the most complicated and tragic history of all the Avengers. His father Odin banishes him to Earth. He later has to fight his two brothers (the rogue Loki and the evil Hela). His beloved mother Frigga is killed protecting Jane Foster, his lifelong love, who leaves and then returns to him, only to die of cancer. If all that wasn’t enough, Thor’s beloved hammer Mjölnir is destroyed by Hela, he witnesses the destruction of his home Asgard and bears the brunt of not killing Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War on your shoulders. To say that Thor carries emotional charges behind his comedic exterior in Thor: Love and Thunder would be an understatement.
A significant part of Thor’s trauma stems from his failure to kill Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, leading to the Mad Titan’s devastating Snap. Thor beat Thanos comfortably but didn’t hit him on the head, instead curiously deciding to sink the Stormbreaker into the great Titan’s chest. Perhaps surprisingly, the God of Thunder repeats this mistake in Thor: Love and Thunder where he also fails to kill Gorr the God Butcher when he could easily have done so. In their first fight, Thor apparently has no problem evading Gorr’s clutches, easily knocking the God Butcher aside. This occurs almost at will, with Thor opposing Gorr.”playing [his] stuff” during the fight. If Thor could have beaten Gorr, and Thanos (as he does in Avengers: Endgame) so easily, it seems curious that he doesn’t. However, there may be an explanation found in the character’s complex relationship with death and loss. After experiencing so much personal tragedy over the course of the MCU, Thor may actually be more reluctant to kill than he seems, explaining why he keeps letting villains seemingly get away.
How Thor’s Fight With Gorr Explains Why He Killed Thanos
The fact that Thor seems content to play with his food so often has two potential explanations. One possibility is that Thor pulls his punches because he has an aversion to killing unless he has to. Considering that Thor’s brothers Loki and Hela are the architects of a lot of death and destruction (even if Loki is a far more sympathetic “villain” than Hela) and that death took a lot from him, it’s understandable that Thor appreciates the impact. to kill than most.
The other possibility is that Thor uses fighting to escape his aforementioned problems. If fighting prevents Thor from thinking about his traumas, he may unconsciously prolong well-matched battles with foes like Gorr or Thanos to escape his deepest emotional wounds. This unusual form of therapy would explain why he seems so conquering one moment and vulnerable the next.
Whatever the reasons why Thor can’t kill Thanos or Gorr the first time, his actions point to a damaged and complex psyche. It may also help explain why Thor quickly decapitates Thanos in End of the game. In Thor’s fight with Gorr, his inability to finish off his opponent appears to be deeply rooted in his troubled past, as is his failure to kill Thanos. Having let your hangups intervene infinity warThor bears the brunt of this failure in End of the game, where he shows no such mercy. His swift justice against a Thanos surrendered in End of the game it comes precisely because he feels the emotion of letting everyone down. It acts as an overflow of that emotion, not a hesitation towards it. This is a subtle difference, but Thor: Love and Thunder reveals how Thor’s deep-rooted wounds affect his failure to kill Gorr and Thanos, and his subsequent redemption.