(In case you couldn’t tell from the title, you’re gonna see all kinds of spoilers for Avengers: Endgame if you stick around here.)
Avengers: Endgame brought plenty of changes to the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, from Hawkeye’s edgy new Ronin persona to the debut of a smart, good-tempered version of the Hulk. No character’s transformation, however, has caught as much attention as Thor’s. When we’re reintroduced to the God of Thunder, he’s at the lowest point we’ve ever seen him, with a defeated mindset and a weight gain that has led him to be dubbed “Fat Thor.”
Considering the famously chiseled physique that Chris Hemsworth has brought to the character in the previous Marvel movies, a bigger version of Thor is definitely a change. The fact that it was kept out of the trailers and played as a big reveal for the audience made it one of the most surprising moments in the film, but it’s not just the shock that has people talking. With outrage among fans over the movie’s comedic jabs at Thor’s weight and the context of how superheroes deal with trauma, there’s a whole lot more going on here than packing on just a few extra Asgardian pounds.