Phase 4 Introduced A Bigger "Thanos Was Right" Problem Than Endgame

Warning! SPOILERS for Thor: Love and Thunder

One of the most intriguing elements from the fallout from Avengers: Endgame was the "Thanos Was Right" movement, and Thor: Love and Thunder should have followed suit with Gorr the God Butcher in Phase 4. In the new adventure starring the Son of Odin, Chris Hemsworth's Thor takes on Christian Bale's Gorr who becomes The God Butcher in his quest to kill every deity in the universe. However, there's enough evidence in the film to suggest that Gorr should have had his own following (and might have been right about the gods).

Previously in the MCU, a growing movement formed when half of all life returned to the universe thanks to the Avengers after their defeat of Thanos. During the Decimation, borders were opened and resources were shared globally during the five-year period (an undeniable benefit of Thanos' actions). This was reversed once everyone returned, resulting in many being displaced as refugees. This culminated in movements like the Flag-Smashers seen in Falcon and the Winter Soldier, who wanted the new world order maintained. Likewise, Hawkeye saw the "Thanos Was Right" line printed all over New York, confirming that it wasn't just fringe groups who believed the results from Thanos were a good thing.

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In Thor: Love and Thunder, Gorr the God Butcher made it his goal to slaughter the gods after his prayers were ignored and his daughter died. Likewise, there isn't much in the movie to show that his mission is wrong. However, Gorr is depicted as an objectively wrong and largely despicable villain all the same. Here's why the new Thor villain should have had a "Gorr Was Right" movement akin to "Thanos Was Right."

While Gorr is hell-bent on destroying all gods in Thor: Love and Thunder, many of the featured deities in the new film do very little to argue that The God Butcher is wrong in his belief that the gods are selfish and use mortals for their own gain. Gorr's personal god Rapu the Light-Bringer couldn't care less about Gorr's devotion and prayers. While Gorr's family and people starved, Rapu was relaxing and feasting in a lush oasis. Even when Gorr denounced Rapu, the god didn't flinch given his confidence that others would follow to worship him.

Likewise, when Thor and his team of Asgardian warriors attempted to muster an army of deities against Gorr who had been slaughtering countless gods following his murder of Rapu, Zeus and his fellow gods in Omnipotence City refused to help. They even tried to take Thor prisoner so their location wouldn't be revealed to the God Butcher. Aside from Thor himself, the gods are very much portrayed as jerks. While this was seemingly an attempt to give Gorr a layer of sympathy, it feels like a half-measure after seeing Phase 4's movements in support of Thanos who committed universal genocide.

Given the gods' behavior and lack of action to help anyone other than themselves, it's not hard to see where Gorr is coming from in Thor: Love and Thunder. It isn't until he sees Thor's love for Jane that he's motivated to change his mind. While Thor (and his brother Loki) serve to be living proof that gods are capable of change, Asgardians may be exceptions to the rule. Looking beyond the new Thor film, the gods are pretty lame all around in the MCU. Case in point, the majority of the Egyptian gods seen in Moon Knight were unwilling to help humanity, and all Khonshu did in the series was manipulate his avatar Marc Spector (in some ways he doesn't even know about). Likewise, the Celestials seen in Eternals can be considered gods as well (two were seen in Omnipotence City), and they were willing to decimate Earth to bring forth one of their own. They also used the Eternals for centuries as their tools.

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When looking at Thor: Love and Thunder in context with the entire MCU, it's not hard to see the logic in Gorr's philosophy that the universe would be better off without the gods. As such, it's baffling that his perspective and actions weren't portrayed just as morally complex as Thanos' were. Gorr could have had his own movement of followers but was instead primarily depicted as a lone monster. He couldn't have been the only one to believe that the gods were terrible. Likewise, "Gorr War Right" was a major line in the comics, one that made Thor unworthy to wield Mjolnir for a long time after he began to agree with The God Butcher that the gods weren't worthy of their status. As such, it feels like a missed opportunity for Gorr the God Butcher and his depiction in Thor: Love and Thunder.

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