One of the most divisive topics to come out of Avengers: Endgame is the depiction of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, who takes a mighty step backwards in badassery, but a mighty step forward in belt size.
Following the heroes’ failure to stop Thanos from wiping out half of the universe in Infinity War, the God of Thunder retreats and goes into a deep, beer-filled slumber. By the time Rocket Raccoon and Hulk find him, Thor’s hair has at least quadrupled in length, and his belly has increased tenfold. The man who was once arguing with Star-Lord over who looked better now had the physical characteristics of the Dude.
In an interview with Variety, Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. weighed in on the controversial decision, praising Hemsworth’s performance.
“Boy, did he go bonkers,” Downey Jr. said. “He went out to the bleeding edge. I have a rule, which is if you think you’re at 70%, then start pulling back because it’s probably at 105.”
Time has since been kinder to Fat Thor, with many using him for cosplay and others going so far as to condemn Endgame for fat-shaming the character. Downey Jr. acknowledged the bravery that went into portraying the hero this way, though, saying:
“[Hemsworth] went out into some pretty risky atmosphere of nuttiness.”
We’ve since learned that the Australian actor had to fight to keep Fat Thor in the movie, despite the Russo Brothers having found this version to be the most human incarnation of the character. An opinion that’s no doubt sure to be divisive.
Before we part ways, be sure to let us know in the comments section below if you dug Fat Thor in Avengers: Endgame. If not, feel free to make your case for the more classic version.