The trailer for the new Chris Hemsworth film, in which Russell Crowe’s Zeus accidentally strips Thor, was released during Monday’s (23 May) NBA playoff game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.
The 2-minute clip starts out with Thor’s rock friend Korg, played by Taika Waititi, as he tells a group of children the story of the film.
As the trailer progresses, it offers a first look at Gorr the God Butcher, a villain played by Bale. The character is a stoney-faced creature determined to destroy the gods.
“The only ones who gods care about is themselves,” Bale can be heard saying, before he is presented dressed in white flowing robes and with a cracked white face.
“So this is my vow: all gods will die.”
Soon after watching the trailer, many Marvel fans started posting about how Bale’s villain looks a lot like Manson, who has been accused of human trafficking, abuse, and sexual assault by multiple women (allegations he has denied).
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Posting a side-by-side collage of one of Manson’s black and white pictures and Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher, a fan wrote: “I, for one, am looking forward to Marilyn Manson making his debut as the newest @Marvel villain!!!”
Another fan asked: “Yo! Marilyn Manson is in this movie??”
A third person commented: “Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher dipped into late 90s Marilyn Manson videos.”
“Christian Bale really signed on to Thor to end up looking like a bald Marilyn Manson,” someone else wrote, with another person adding that “Gorr the God Butcher in #ThorLoveAndThunder looks like a cross between Manson and Lord Voldemort.”
Guitarist Andrew Smith also commented on how “[Marvel] made Marilyn Manson’s Sons of Anarchy character the villain of the new Thor movie.”
One more fan wrote: “Wow. Christian Bale has a serious Marilyn Manson vibe as Gor the God Butcher.”
In February 2021, Manson was accused of sexual assault and abuse by actor Evan Rachel Wood. Wood claimed that Manson had abused her “for years” after she became involved with him when she was 18 and he was 38, between 2006 and 2011.
Other women, including Wolf Alice star Ellie Rowsell, Game of Thrones star Esmé Bianco, model Sarah McNeilly, and former assistant Ashley Walters, have also come forward with allegations against the musician.
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