The Untold Truth Of Fat Thor

The Untold Truth Of Fat Thor

Avengers: Endgame brought plenty of changes
to the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and one of the biggest was to Thor, who’s put on a lot
of weight. “Fat Thor,” as he’s being called, is dealing
with a lot of depression and trauma. Here’s his story. Traumavengers From Black Panther’s anger after his father’s
murder to Iron Man’s post-Avengers panic attacks to Valkyrie abandoning Asgard and drowning
her sorrows, the Marvel movies have often dealt with the psychological trauma that comes
with the life of a superhero. This time, though, it’s on a completely different
scale. In the MCU, the ending of Infinity War is
unquestionably the biggest tragedy in the history of the planet. It’s not just the billions of people turned
to dust, but as we see in Endgame, it’s all life, meaning that Thanos took out animals,
too. It’s devastating for the entire universe,
and the heroes who were at the center of it are no exception. When the film shifts its focus to five years
after the snap, we see that each of the Avengers has been dealing with the trauma in a different
way. Even before we get to Thor, it’s not always
healthy. In what’s probably the most productive response,
we see Captain America leading a support group for survivors, which works on a lot of levels. It highlights the empathy and moral center
that makes Steve Rogers such an appealing character, and works as a tribute to his fallen
friend, Sam Wilson. Before he was an Avenger, Sam was leading
a support group for veterans, and with him gone, Cap is doing his best to carry on that
legacy. The others, however, aren’t doing so well
in the way they deal with tragedy. Hawkeye goes to an incredibly violent extreme,
trying to personally enforce a fairness that’s absent in the loss of innocent life. Black Widow loses herself in obsessing over
her work, trying to fix everything she can. While Tony Stark’s life post-snap is far more
idyllic than the other heroes’, he’s still completely given up making the world a better,
safer place, which defined his life as Iron Man. He’s refusing to use his genius to help others
because, well, what’s the point? He tried, it didn’t work, time to move on. These are all very different and very relatable
ways of dealing with a traumatic experience. The contextual Hulk Bruce Banner’s reaction to the snap is worth
paying close attention to, both because it represents the biggest change for one of the
characters, and because of the relationship he’s had with Thor throughout the history
of the MCU. Since they first slugged it out on the helicarrier
back in the first Avengers film, they’ve been competitors, and the buddy comedy of Thor:
Ragnarok put them in direct contrast with each other. It’s come up several times throughout the
films that since they hadn’t met Captain Marvel yet, they both consider themselves to be the
“strongest Avenger.” “Welcome, Strongest Avenger.” “Uh, what?” For all their similarities, it’s how they
react to their failures that shows how different they really are. Since his character is entirely built around
making explosive anger and the reaction to trauma a literal, physical change, it makes
sense that it’s the Hulk that we first see reacting to the devastation that comes along
with Thanos. This unstoppable force of nature comes up
against something he can’t beat through strength. In Infinity War, Hulk learns the same thing
Thor learns at the beginning of Endgame. Sometimes, physical strength is completely
meaningless, and that’s a devastating lesson for someone who relies on that strength as
one of their defining characteristics. For the Hulk, the initial reaction is another
one of those unhealthy coping tactics. He runs away and hides. He won’t even Hulk out when his life’s in
danger, leaving Bruce Banner free of his dark side for the first time in years. Instead of accepting this thing he’s wanted,
Banner comes to understand that the Hulk is a part of him, and as a result, he spends
the five-year gap essentially going through the gamma-powered superheroic version of therapy
and working through his issues to unify his personalities. “18 months in the gamma lab … now look at
me: Best of both worlds.” Back in the first Avengers film, Bruce Banner
gave us the iconic line that summed up his struggle with his emotions. I’m always angry.” The Hulk we have in Endgame, however, is no
longer driven by anger. He has young fans that want to take pictures
with him, and he shares his lunch with Ant-Man in a scene that’s far more than just a punchline. This is a brand-new version of the Hulk, one
who’s not just smart, but kind and generous instead of being a mindlessly angry walking
temper tantrum with the potential to destroy a city. For the first time in the franchise, Bruce
Banner is happy because he’s learned and worked to change himself. Unfortunately, that’s one thing Thor can’t
do. Twilight of the gods In a lot of modern stories about mythological
characters, including recent comics about Thor, the idea is that gods are the embodiments
of ideas. Unlike humans, they can’t change their nature. “Loki, I thought the world of you … at the
end of the day, you’re you and I’m me.” Thor is the God of Thunder, who storms in
with a bolt of lightning and a booming hammer, laying waste to his enemies. He’s an almost effortlessly powerful warrior,
and the entire arc of Ragnarok is devoted to the way he learns that his strength and
power come from within himself, not from any of his magic weapons. It’s his defining feature. So what happens when it doesn’t work? In Endgame, Thor sees himself as personally
responsible for failing to kill Thanos before he could snap, and when he finally did finish
off the Mad Titan, it was too late to fix anything. He goes through almost the same thing that
the Hulk does, except that he’s made to watch as the last remnants of his people are attacked,
and eventually finds out that even his shiny new hammer can’t stop Thanos in time. For all his strength, he failed. If his strength defines him, but it couldn’t
save the billions of lives lost in Infinity War, what’s the point? That’s the existential crisis Thor’s dealing
with in Endgame. Depression and substance abuse When we meet back up with Thor five years
after the snap, he’s almost completely inert. That’s a very common and very relatable symptom
of depression, and so is the idea that he’s not just sitting around in the dark being
sad. For all the film’s over-the-top visuals and
jokes about his weight, the movie isn’t a cartoonish portrayal of what it’s like to
deal with depression. We see Thor laughing and hanging out with
his friends, but when he’s confronted with the idea that he could do something important,
the same thing he’s failed at before, it just doesn’t matter. There’s another element of his depression
that manifests itself in the film, too: he’s become an alcoholic. Thor’s legendary appetite for beer has always
been a source of comedy in the MCU films. “I don’t drink tea.” “What do you drink?” “Not tea.” Endgame shows us the darker side of that. Like a lot of people with depression, including
Valkyrie in Ragnarok, Thor is self-medicating, and his physical change is the result of that. Sadly, that’s a pretty relatable element for
a lot of viewers, too. Voluminous and alone One of the reasons Thor’s “new body” was such
a surprise is that unlike a lot of Endgame’s other callbacks, there’s no real precedent
for it in the comics. Thor has undergone plenty of changes over
the years, including the time he was a six-foot-six frog for a few issues, but he’s always been
drawn with the heroic proportions that you’d expect. As far as his mental state, the closest we’ve
gotten to seeing a truly depressed Thor came when we got a glimpse of a distant future
where Thor was the last surviving Asgardian. Like his movie counterpart, “Allfather Thor”
was dealing with isolation, depression, and the toll of millennia of battle that had left
him with one arm and one eye. The main difference was that this Thor was
more than willing to take up his hammer and fight, although his goal was a glorious death
in battle. That doesn’t mean the Thor comics have been
free of fat jokes. For decades, one of the most prominent members
of Thor’s supporting cast was Volstagg the Voluminous, one of the Warriors Three. He’s a once-mighty warrior whose waistline
is just as expanded as the inflated tales of his glory. While Volstagg was often depicted as a braggart
and more than a little cowardly, he’s also always been a very positive character who
comes through in dire situations. Also, in an interesting contrast of what we
see with Thor, he once survived the destruction of Asgard, only to waste away from lack of
food before Thor found him and nicknamed him “Volstagg the Thin.” Relatable or insulting? All of that forms the background, but for
some members of Endgame’s audience, the possible intent doesn’t matter as much as what makes
it to the screen. The simple fact is that the reveal of “Fat
Thor” is absolutely played for laughs, and Thor’s body is used as a frequent punchline. There are cracks from our heroes about Thor
having “Cheez Wiz running through his veins,” and even the scene with his mother, one of
Endgame’s most emotional sequences, ends with Frigga telling him to “eat a salad.” Part of that undoubtedly comes from the fact
that over the past decade, Thor has evolved into a much more comedic character than he
might’ve been if Chris Hemsworth didn’t turn out to have a talent for comedy. “He transformed himself into a snake, and he knows that I love snakes. So, I went to pick up the snake to admire it and he transformed back into himself and he was like, ‘Yeah, it’s me!’ And he stabbed me.” That said, once he’s done playing “Fat Thor,”
Hemsworth gets to go back to being, well, Chris Hemsworth. The fat jokes are bound to sting regardless,
but coming from a dude known for being superheroically ripped and ridiculously handsome, it definitely
feels like he’s punching down. The reaction For some viewers, the jokes at Thor’s expense
were easy to forgive. Not only did they see Thor’s depression and
its results as relatable, but the fact that his fellow Avengers are lashing out is an
equally realistic depiction of how people around them can react under stress. These characters have always been quick to
get snarky with each other, and that’s part of their appeal. “Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect
teeth.” But even within the context of the film, we’re
still seeing superheroes, the ultimate good guys, making fun of someone’s appearance. Context is important, but it’s always worth
remembering that this is fiction, and calling anything “realistic” doesn’t hold much water
in a movie where a guy with rocket boots uses magic space rocks to fight a 7-foot purple
alien. For some critics, it just raises the question
of whether we would’ve lost anything if it hadn’t been there or if Thor’s depression
had been shown in some other way. The defense of Thicc Thor The flip side to the anger is that for all
its flaws and the sniping from other characters, the action of the movie never really presents
Thor’s body as a problem. The climax of that emotional scene with Frigga
is the present-day, post-snap Thor summoning Mjolnir and realizing that despite the guilt
he’s been feeling for five years, he’s still as worthy, heroic, and noble as he has always
been. Most telling, at the end of the movie, where
he truly regains his godly power and makes a stand against Thanos, he doesn’t just magically
transform back into his usual, muscular body. The only change to his physical appearance
is that his unkempt beard is now neatly braided. He’s still as hefty as he was, but he’s also
as strong as ever. As corny might sound, all he really needed
was to talk to someone who understands what he’s going through. The fact that there’s no physical difference
between the depressed, apathetic Thor of the beginning of the film and the hero we see
at the end seems to indicate the filmmakers’ sincerity in presenting the depression, not
the weight gain, as the problem to be conquered. Still, the jokes at his expense are very much
a part of the film, and it’s hard to believe that Thor won’t be showing up in future MCU
films with his traditional jacked bodybuilder physique. The way it’s treated going forward is going
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9 Replies to “The Untold Truth Of Fat Thor”

  1. the hulk being the embodiment of rage??? let me stop you there the doomslayer is the most angriest most full of rage person of all time he's so angry that he chose to stay in hell and fight demons for eons without stopping or resting so theres NO ONE angrier than doomslayer

  2. Thanos could never be defeated in physical combat – He's just too strong and too welltrained, he's trained entire life in close-combat.
    The only time he really faced difficulty was against magical energy users.

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