When Christian Bale signed Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder, he had no idea what the MCU was. In the latest solo Thor film, Bale plays Gorr The God Butcher, a demon hellbent on slaying all gods who finally sets his eyes on Thor Odinson.
In Thor: Love and Thunder, Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as the title superhero, with Natalie Portman as Jane Foster/The Mighty Thor, Tessa Thompson plays Valkyrie, director Taika Waititi as Korg, & Russell Crowe as Zeus.
Thor: Love and Thunder isn’t Bale’s first appearance in a superhero picture; he notably performed Batman during Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, which so many fans see as his most memorable portrayal. Bale, on the other hand, is an experienced actor who has won an Oscar for his portrayal in The Fighter as well as several other honours for his work in films such as Vice, American Hustle, as Well as the Big Short. Bale’s most recent film was James Mangold’s Ford V Ferrari , therefore Thor: Love and Thunder is his first new job in three years.
Bale told Total Film (via Games Radar) that he had “absolutely” no concerns about take on yet another comic-book film role after portraying Batman for three films, and that the role in Thor: Love and Thunder “didn’t even enter my mind at all.”
Bale went on to say that he had read people’s comments to his casting in the film, which applauded his arrival into the MCU, but had no clue what it meant. Most fans know that the MCU stands for Marvel Cinematic Universe, however for Bale, it seemed like he’d been tied to something altogether else.
Christian Bale says :-I’d read that, and people would go, ‘Oh, look at this! He’s entered the MCU!’ And I’d go, ‘I’ve done what? I haven’t entered s***, thank you very much.’ I’m like, ‘The MCU?’ I had to ask what that was.
While Bale was undoubtedly aware of the existence of several Marvel films and had most likely seen at least a handful of them, it appears that he was unaware that they were all linked underneath the MCU umbrella. The DCEU didn’t exist when Bale was engaged on Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, since Man of Steel marked the start of WB/shared DC’s world, thus he missed out on that link while leading the charge as Batman.
While he has been on break since Ford V Ferrari, Bale does have a number of projects in the works for this year and beyond, beginning with Thor: Love and Thunder, followed by David O. Russell’s Amsterdam with Scott Cooper’s Edgar Allen Poe adaptation, The Pale Blue Eye.
It’s always amusing whenever an A-list actor admits to knowing nothing about the broader picture in Hollywood trends, particularly whenever it’s part of the vocabulary even for the most casual MCU fans. If anything, it demonstrates that Bale is simply an actor who enjoys what he does and is on a whole other wavelength whenever it comes to the fanbase side of his job.
For Bale, it’s all about the performance, not following a societal trend, because he’s always followed his professional instinct in his work, which will most likely lead to an excellent villain role in Thor: Love and Thunder.