Gorr (comics)

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Gorr is the name of two fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. There have been two villains named Gorr: Gorr the Golden Gorilla and Gorr the God Butcher.

Gorr the Golden Gorilla[edit]

Gorr the Golden Gorilla
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Gorr makes his first appearance battling the Fantastic Four atop the Baxter Building. From Fantastic Four #171
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceFantastic Four #171 (Jun 1976)
Created byRoy Thomas
George Pérez
In-story information
SpeciesUplifted Golden Gorilla
Team affiliationsNew Men
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength
Human-level intellect
Immunity to fire

Publication history[edit]

Gorr first appeared in Fantastic Four #171-175 (June–October 1976), and was created by Roy Thomas and George Pérez.

The character subsequently appears in Marvel Two-in-One #63 (May 1980), and Quasar #14-16 (September–November 1990).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Gorr from Fantastic Four #171. Pencils by George Pérez.

Gorr is a golden gorilla given human intelligence and greatly increased strength by the High Evolutionary.[1]

Fearing that Galactus was about to destroy his creation Counter-Earth, the High Evolutionary created Gorr and sent him to Earth to seek the aid of the Fantastic Four.[volume & issue needed] However, when he arrived on Earth, Gorr became inexplicably mutated into a King Kong-sized monstrosity and went on a rampage through Manhattan, climbing to the top of the Chrysler Building.[2] When the Fantastic Four intervened, Gorr duped them into coming aboard his ship and transported them to Counter-Earth. The Fantastic Four, High Evolutionary, and Gorr were unable to convince Galactus not to destroy Counter-Earth, though Galactus challenged them to find a replacement within 48 hours. Gorr and the Human Torch found an Earth-like planet, which turned out to be inhabited by Skrulls. The Skrulls abandoned the planet after an altercation with Gorr, leaving the planet uninhabited and thus worthless to Galactus. Ultimately, the Impossible Man convinced Galactus to devour his own planet of Poppup instead. Gorr remained with the High Evolutionary as a "valet."[3]

Much later, Gorr became a prisoner/research project of the Stranger, held captive on his laboratory world alongside Stranger's other prisoners.[4] When the Overmind attacked the Stranger, he freed the Stranger's captives including Gorr who escaped.[5]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Gorr is a golden-colored gorilla given human-level intelligence and greatly increased strength by the High Evolutionary. Gorr also has an immunity to fire.

Gorr the God Butcher[edit]

Gorr the God Butcher
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Gorr from Thor: God of Thunder. Pencils by Esad Ribic.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThor: God of Thunder #2 (January 2013)
Created byJason Aaron
Esad Ribic
In-story information
Alter egoGorr
SpeciesUnknown alien race
Place of originUnnamed planet
Notable aliasesGorr the Redeemer, Killer of Gods, Butcher of Gods, Black Butcher
AbilitiesAlien symbiote grants:
  • Superhuman strength, durability and endurance
  • Virtual immortality
  • Limited shapeshifting and camouflage
  • Symbiote's autonomous defense capabilities
  • Replication of symbiote

Publication history[edit]

Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic decided to reboot the Thor franchise during the Marvel Now initiative. Gorr first appeared in Thor: God of Thunder #2 (January, 2013). This story arc was voted as the 8th best Thor story by Comicbook.com.[6]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Gorr grew up on a nameless barren planet. When his mother, mate and children died, he thought gods could not exist and because of that he was outcasted by his tribe. When he learned gods did in fact exist but did not help those in need such as his dying family, he vowed to kill them all. He then acquired All-Black the Necrosword from Knull after witnessing Knull in combat with a golden god.[7][8] He eventually finds young Odinson on Earth in Medieval Iceland. He nearly kills Thor, but a band of Vikings come to rescue him. Gorr escapes, having his arm cut off, but learns he needs help, so he creates an army of shadow berserkers, then slowly and quietly eliminates more and more gods. In the present, Thor notices the missing gods and investigates their disappearances. This brings Gorr and Thor to another battle, but Gorr then teleports into the future, where an aged Thor is the last Asgardian defending the realm against the shadow berserkers. Gorr also brings the young Thor into the future, where his wife and children have seemingly been resurrected and is about to set off the Godbomb. Gorr's son is actually a construct made out of the Necrosword and despises what his father has turned into, so it gives Thor the power to absorb the blast. Thor, from the present then uses the two Mjolnirs to kill Gorr.[9]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Gorr possesses the "All-Black the Necrosword", which according to Galactus, "carved the first dawn from the stone of the endless night."[10] The blade was forged by Knull, the progenitor of the Symbiotes, using the head of a killed Celestial.[11] The blade allows its user to create wings, which allow the user to fly at extreme speeds, weapons, and a shroud of Berserkers constructed out of darkness. He can create sharp tendrils that can kill any god, including Asgardians. The blade is later banished into a black hole, but an elderly King Thor uses it to battle Galactus.[12] Gorr also created the Godbomb, an anti-divinity armament designed to kill every god who had or ever would exist.[13] Gorr possesses superhuman strength, durability and endurance. He is also virtually immortal.[14][15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fantastic Four #172
  2. ^ Sanderson, Peter (2007). The Marvel Comics Guide to New York City. New York City: Pocket Books. pp. 49–51. ISBN 1-4165-3141-6.
  3. ^ Fantastic Four #171-175
  4. ^ Quasar #14-15
  5. ^ Quasar #16
  6. ^ http://comicbook.com/2014/09/28/10-greatest-thor-stories-of-all-time/
  7. ^ Thor: God of Thunder #6
  8. ^ Venom Vol. 4 #4
  9. ^ Thor: God of Thunder #11 (October, 2013)
  10. ^ Thor: God of Thunder #23
  11. ^ Venom Vol. 4, Issue #4
  12. ^ Thor: God of Thunder #23
  13. ^ Thor: God of Thunder #11 (October, 2013)
  14. ^ Marvel Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded ()
  15. ^ Marvel Encyclopedia: Fantastic Four. Marvel Comics

External links[edit]

Gorr the Golden Gorilla
Gorr the God Butcher