Thor: Love and Thunder is almost here, ready to cause a major disturbance in the power rankings in the MCU. The main reason behind that is the appearance of Gorr the God Butcher and his almighty black sword, known as All-Black the Necrosword. We know that it’s a menacing weapon, but just how powerful is Gorr the God Butcher’s black sword?
Gorr the God Butcher’s sword is called All-Black the Necrosword, and it’s one of the most powerful weapons in the entire Marvel Universe. All-Black is essentially the first Symbiote with a mind of its own, created from pure living darkness with unfathomable powers.
It can easily decapitate a Celestial, which is incredible for any weapon, let alone a sword. All-Black can match or even surpass Mjolnir and Stormbreaker in terms of sheer power. We don’t know how powerful the MCU version of Gorr’s sword will be. However, we can explore its powers and origins from the comics to see why Gorr could be such a huge threat to the MCU.
Gorr The God Butcher’s Black Sword Origins
Gorr the God Butcher wasn’t the only wielder of the infamous Necrosword. In fact, he wasn’t the first nor the last being to possess its amazing powers. It all started many, many years before Gorr ever existed, let alone became the God Butcher.
Before the Celestials created the iteration of the universe depicted in Marvel Comics, there was nothing – quite literally. There was only an empty space called the Void – pure living darkness and nothingness. In that nothingness lived one being called Knull.
Knull was enraged when the Celestials disturbed his slumber and destroyed the nothingness by creating the universe. So, he created the entire race of Symbiotes (the alien species that Venom and Carnage are a part of) and became known as the God of Symbiotes. His goal was to eradicate life and bring back his beloved Void, in which he’d continue to exist in nothingness.
However, it had to start somewhere. The first Symbiote ever created by Knull was All-Black the Necrosword. The sword had a consciousness of its own and was made out of pure, living darkness that was once Knull’s entire existence. All-Black bonded with Knull and gave the God of Symbiotes even more unfathomable powers.
The weapon was so powerful that it took Knull only one shot with the Necrosword to decapitate a Celestial. There was no limit to what creature or a being All-Black could kill, including gods, cosmic entities, etc.
Do you remember a place called Knowhere from the MCU? That’s actually the head of the Celestial decapitated with Necrosword. It was also the birthplace of Knull’s symbiotes. We know how powerful they are. Well, as their god, Knull is immeasurably more powerful, controlling them all with a hive mind, all answering to nobody but himself and his Necrosword.
So, if a being as powerful as Knull wielded a weapon as powerful as All-Black, how come Gorr the God Butcher ended up with it?
How Did Gorr The God Butcher Get His Sword?
As you now know, All-Black the Necrosword isn’t really a sword. It’s a primordial Symbiote made out of living darkness that takes the form of a sword after bonding with a host. It changed numerous hosts over the years, with Knull being the first – and Gorr being the second. So, how did Gorr the God Butcher get his sword?
Gorr was an alien living on an unnamed planet struck with resource deprivation, hunger, and poverty. However, they were still quite religious, putting their hopes into the gods, and praying to them for help.
Gorr’s life was extremely hard from the get-go. His parents abandoned him, and he saw loved ones die despite prayers. Gorr was then exiled from his community for abandoning their beliefs, resenting the gods for allowing such a miserable life on his planet.
As he wandered the deserts of his planet, Gorr witnessed Knull crashing on his planet, battling several golden-armored gods. As a result of the crash, the bond between Knull and All-Black broke, and the Symbiote chose Gorr as its next host.
It felt the hate, rage, and aggression within Gorr, and its darkness only corrupted his new host even more. One of the gods begged for help, but instead of helping him, Gorr used the Necrosword to kill the god with a single strike. Needless to say, All-Black gave him spectacular powers, similar to those Knull had while wielding it.
Rejoicing in his newfound power, Gorr unwittingly decided to continue Knull’s work – he became Gorr the God Butcher, vowing to use All-Black to kill every god in the universe. Gorr had slain countless gods before eventually losing the sword and being defeated, but that’s a topic for another day.
Is Gorr The God Butcher’s Sword More Powerful Than Stormbreaker Or Mjolnir?
The God Butcher and his black sword are entering the MCU in Thor: Love and Thunder, facing Odinson and his Stormbreaker, as well as Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor wielding Mjolnir. So, how powerful is Gorr’s sword compared to them?
Well, when Thor and Mjolnir first appeared, the hammer was by far the most powerful weapon we’ve seen in the MCU. Then Hela came in Thor Ragnarok and just shattered it to pieces, showing us there are forces way more powerful than Mjolnir.
So, Thor traveled to Nidavellir, where Stormbreaker was forged – a huge ax carrying even more power than Mjolnir. It was capable of breaking Thanos’ defense, backed up with six Infinity Stones, piercing his chest with ease, and decapitating the Mad Titan in the next film.
As powerful as Mjolnir and Stormbreaker are in the MCU, it’s not even half of what Thor’s weapons could do in the comics. In fact, Mjolnir was the weapon that eventually destroyed All-Black for good, as Thor released the fool power of the God Tempest upon it.
That being said, just as Mjolnir and Stormbreaker aren’t exactly at their full power in the MCU, we can’t know for sure what version of All-Black we’ll get in Thor: Love and Thunder. Perhaps it’ll be just a very powerful black sword and not the Celestial-decapitating force we know from the comics. Still, if it’s only a fraction of that, it’ll be a huge power shift in the MCU.
We already know that All-Black could decapitate Celestials with a single strike and that Knull and Gorr used it to slay millions – most of which were gods themselves. And that’s not all. All-Black the Necrosword had the power to corrupt even the strongest-minded individuals.
At one point, it started to devour the universe itself and spread its living darkness. All-Black manifested a huge dark hole and became All-Black the Necroverse. It almost pulled Thor in the hole, and it was only then that the God of Thunder managed to summon the full force of the God Tempest from Mjolnir, destroying All-Black once and for all.
Whatever version of Gorr the God Butcher’s black sword we get in the MCU, I think it’s safe to say that it’ll at least be a power match to Mjolnir and Stormbreaker. Especially considering that neither of Thor’s mighty weapons in the MCU is actually as powerful as in the comics.
Not only that – if my hopes and wishes come to fruition, then Thor: Love and Thunder will be the beginning of the next big Thanos-level threat in the MCU. My guess is that Gorr will be defeated, but the movie shall introduce Knull, the God of Symbiotes, who’ll reunite with All-Black the Necrosword after Gorr loses it.
We’ve already seen Eddie Brock leaving a tiny slither of Venom in the main MCU in the post-credit scene of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which could be the introduction of the Symbiote race into the main continuity.
Knull is my favorite Marvel supervillain of all time, and if he really appears as I hope he would, he could be a huge cosmic-level threat just like the Mad Titan, if not even worse.