Why the 'Avengers: Endgame' directors were worried about Thor actor Chris Hemsworth while filming

Marvel StudiosChris Hemsworth as Thor in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’
  • Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Avengers: Endgame.”
  • The “Avengers: Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo told Business Insider that it was “scary” having Chris Hemsworth, the actor who plays Thor, in a fat suit while filming.
  • “It was quite heavy,” Anthony Russo said. “That suit started to wear on his back, which was scary when you have someone who has to be so physical.”
  • Thor’s portrayal as overweight in “Endgame” has caused some controversy, but the writers have defended the look.
  • “What is the end result of a guy who has lost so much and just blatantly failed?” Christopher Markus told Vulture, adding that “the weight gain was just part and parcel of that state of mind.”
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Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Avengers: Endgame.”

Many characters go through transformations in “Avengers: Endgame,” but none more than Thor.

After a five-year time jump at the beginning of the movie, Thor is living a secluded existence in the Earth-based “New Asgard.” Since failing to kill Thanos before he wiped out half of humanity, Thor has become depressed and gained weight.

The very much in-shape actor Chris Hemsworth had to wear a fat suit for the role, something the directors Joe and Anthony Russo said was “scary” on set, especially during physically exhausting action sequences.

On top of that, last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Endgame” were shot back-to-back, so Hemsworth would have to transition in and out of the suit for “Infinity War” reshoots.


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“We had to toggle back and forth,” Anthony Russo told Business Insider. “While we were shooting ‘Endgame’ where he was heavier we had to do some pickup shots for ‘Infinity War,’ so he would have to go back and forth between those two looks. So he had to wear a bodysuit, and it was quite heavy. That suit started to wear on his back, which was scary when you have someone who has to be so physical.”

Thor’s portrayal in “Endgame” has caused some controversy. INSIDER’s Callie Ahlgrim called it “problematic,” writing that the jokes about his weight gain could be seen as fat-shaming.

The “Endgame” writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely defended Thor’s portrayal in the movie in an interview with Vulture.

“What is the end result of a guy who has lost so much and just blatantly failed?” Markus said. “We wondered, ‘OK, well, what if he does become a sort of depressive alcoholic?’ And the weight gain was just part and parcel of that state of mind. We didn’t go, like, ‘Let’s chunk him up, it will be hilarious.’ And we leave him in that state at the end of the movie. Even though he’s emotionally resolved … We fix his problem, and it’s not his weight.”

It wasn’t just Hemsworth and the other actors who were feeling the grind. It took a toll on the Russo brothers as well.

The stakes of making the movie “were even less significant than the physical toll,” Joe Russo said. “That’s the thing that you stare down every day. The hours are intense. You’re shooting for a year straight. We were working seven days a week, on average 15 hours a day, for a year.”

But as lifelong comic-book fans, the Russos said their passion for the source material got them through the tough schedule.

“It’s special for Joe and I,” Anthony said. “We know we have a huge passion for the material, and we know it’s something we’re extremely motivated to do and something we want to spend our time doing.”

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