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- NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Maxwell Lord from the DC Extended Universe. The mainstream version can be found here: Maxwell Lord
|“||Life is good, but it can be better.||„|
|~ Maxwell Lord's catchphrase.|
|“||I've never been much for rules, the answer has always been more.||„|
|~ Maxwell Lord|
|“||Anything you want, Anything you dream of, you can have it!||„|
|~ Maxwell Lord to the public.|
Maxwell Lorenzano; also known as Maxwell Lord, Max Lord, or Max; is the main antagonist of the 2020 DC Extended Universe movie Wonder Woman 1984. He is the head of a tycoon called The Black Gold Cooperative known for television infomercials, who uses the Dreamstone, an artifact created by Dolos, the God of Treachery and Mischief, to give out any wish one's heart desires in exchange for power.
Maxwell Lord is the power-hungry, greedy and ruthless CEO of The Black Gold Cooperative who desires financial success and fame due to his experiences as a social outcast and having grown in a family of poverty while being regularly abused by his father. In 1984 Lord is facing financial ruin, visits the Smithsonian in search of a mysterious Dreamstone which seemingly grants wishes upon contact with any user. Both Diana and Barbara unknowingly use the stone to fulfill their own desires. Diana wishes for her deceased lover, Steve Trevor, to return, causing his soul to take over another man's body.
Barbara wishes to become strong and beautiful like Diana but both of their wishes come at a cost - Barbara's comes at the price of losing her former personality while Diana's costs her her powers. Lord holds a gala at the museum where he manipulates Barbara into giving him the Dreamstone. Lord then wishes to become the embodiment of the stone itself, granting him its wish-granting powers, but at the price of draining his lifeforce with every wish he grants. Lord utilizes the power to trick people into wishing for something so he can take what he desires in return to amass wealth, fame and fortune but also leaves chaos in his path.
Lord's health rapidly deteriorates with every wish he grants, but despite this, Lord utilizes its power to gain access to the President who he tricks into making a wish in exchange for his respect, influence and power so that he can gain access to a global broadcasting network project that the US has secretly been developing so he may grant wishes to the entire world. Lord rehabilitates his health by absorbing his wishers lifeforce but as a result of his global broadcast, people's wishes begin to cause instability across the globe.
Barbara, who has joined forces with Lord and wished to become an apex predator, battles against Diana while Lord broadcasts his wish-granting abilities. Wonder Woman eventually defeats Barbara and confronts Lord, who has now become too powerful to stop. Using her Lasso of Truth, Wonder Woman communicates to the world via Lord and convinces them to renounce their wishes while she shows him a vision of his son wandering the streets as chaos ensues from his fulfillment of everyone's desires. Lord, seeing the chaos and destruction he's caused and unwilling to sacrifice his son whom he neglected for years, renounces his wish and returns to reunite with his son.
He is a very charismatic, cunning, and manipulative businessman who is able to use his influence over the public to get what he wants when he wants it. Although even being influential over Diana Prince and Barbara Ann Minerva, when a deeper look is taken, he is an egotistical and ruthless individual, using his charisma to get anything he desires whilst truly being a ruthless man looking to show himself as one to show "benefits to humanity." Overall, while he displays a facáde of charm and friendliness, he is very dangerous and not one to be messed around with. However, despite his villainy, he does seem to care about his son.
- Maxwell Lord shares similarities with Gordon Gekko from 1987's Wall Street. They are both ruthless, power-hungry and charismatic businessmen motivated by unadulterated greed (Gekko wanted to become even richer than he already was and used his ill-gotten gains to bring down corporations to stay on top, while Lord wanted absolute power above everyone else and to that end had used the Dreamstone to procure that power over the rest of the world). Additionally, both have completed arcs of redemption by attempting to atone their wrongdoings for the greater good of their family and children.
- Wonder Woman 1984's director Patty Jenkins came out saying that Pedro Pascal's take on the character of Maxwell Lord was influenced by Gekko, and Lex Luthor from the Christopher Reeves Superman films (1978-1997).
|Extended Universe Villains|
Wonder Woman 1984