'Fat Thor' Prompts Avengers Fans to Accuse Marvel of Body Shaming

While Avengers: Endgame broke records at the box office over the weeken, Thor's physical appearance at the beginning of the film prompted some fans to call out the film for fat shaming. Mild Endgame spoilers ahead.

The latest in a 22-film series, Avengers: Endgame was widely praised as an impressive combination of action and emotion. It received a 95 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed more than $1.2 billion at the box office in just five days. However, it wasn't all good news, as some fans were disappointed by the film's treatment of Thor.

Lacey-Jade Christie, a self-described "avid Marvel nerd," wrote in an article for The Guardian that the movie was "brilliant" in many ways, but Thor's appearance prompted "seriously conflicted emotions" in her.

Showing Thor's alcohol or food consumption as a means of coping with trauma was fine, but Christie had a problem with Thor's weight being a "strategic joke placed by Marvel to provide some comedic relief from the overall seriousness of the film.

"Thor is fat! Fat, but still jolly, because how could a fat person not be jolly?" Christie wrote. "Sitting in that movie theatre, watching the fatphobic jokes roll through at the expense of a veteran with mental health issues and listening to the subsequent laughter broke my heart."

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Chris Hemsworth attends the "Avengers Endgame" UK Fan Event at Picturehouse Central on April 10 in London. Some fans accused Marvel of fat shaming because of jokes that were made about Thor's new appearance. Karwai Tang/WireImage

Several people on Twitter agreed with Christie, including one user who said she would have preferred to see Thor have more nuanced character development instead of "reduced to a fat joke."

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— emliy 🦖 (@solarsandals) April 30, 2019

Me seeing Thor in endgame knowing that fat depressed people are the butt of a joke once more pic.twitter.com/2gx1ESQgoz

— Tyler W (@desolation5row) April 26, 2019

I'm trying to figure out what they were trying to go for when they made Thor fat. On one hand,I understand that Thor is very depressed due to aftermath of Thanos's snap and after Thanos smashed the stones,Thor lost it and drank like crazy. But on the other hand,fat jokes. pic.twitter.com/TR7Y9VgEiI

— Andrew Cade (@AlcadeCade) April 25, 2019

Another user posted on Twitter that the story line includes "a really unacceptable level of fat-shaming."

The story line includes a really unacceptable level of fat-shaming. https://t.co/pBp7K0sfis

— Sarah in Cascadia (@threeundertwo) April 25, 2019

However, not everyone thought poorly of Thor's transformation from a man whose muscles could have been sculpted from marble into a more realistic human being.

Twitter user UnderTheSkin posted on Twitter that Thor remaining heavier throughout the film showed "you don't have to look like a supermodel to be a hero, and even in the deep end of your depression you can still rise and be 'worthy.'"

She acknowledged there were jokes at the beginning, but said his arc was partially built on his mom's words: he needs to stop trying to be the person he thinks he's supposed to be, and instead try to succeed as who he is in the moment.

keeping Thor fat shows you don’t have to look like a supermodel to be a hero, and even in the deep end of your depression you can still rise and be “worthy.” In this essay I will...

— 🤡 (@undertheskiin) April 30, 2019

Ehi Enabs also commended "Fat Thor" with being one of the "best representation of fat persons in cinema history." Since he was still heavy at the end of the film, like UnderTheSkin, she said it indicated that you don't need to wait to lose weight before you save the world.

SHUT UP YOU IDIOT. FAT THOR IS ONE OF THE BEST REPRESENTATION OF FAT PERSONS IN CINEMA HISTORY. THE FACT THAT THOR WAS STILL FAT AT THE END IS INDICATIVE OF THE FACT THAT YOU DON'T NEED TO WAIT TILL YOU LOSE "THE WEIGHT" BEFORE YOU SAVE THE WORLD OR FUCK SHIT UP, BITCH . https://t.co/ZbVYoaaHYy

— Ehi Enabs (@ehienabs) April 30, 2019

Filmmaker Samuel Gavin also noted that it would only be "fat shaming" if, when Thor suited up again as hero, he turned into a "chiseled, lean Hollywood Chris Hemsworth," referencing the actor who portrayed Thor.

" He doesn't. He's super no matter his body type," Gavin wrote. "He lacked self-respect, not protein shakes "

Seems to be public now so here goes; it would only be 'fat-shaming' in #Endgame if Thor magically turned BACK into chiseled, lean Hollywood Chris Hemsworth when he suits up again as a hero. He doesn't. He's super no matter his body type. He lacked self-respect, not protein shakes pic.twitter.com/vgBWLuLrya

— Samuel Gavin (Sam's Channel) #BLM (@SamuelGavin) May 1, 2019

In The Guardian article, Christie acknowledged that the "one redeeming quality" of Thor being heavier was that the film didn't include a workout montage of him getting his life back on track. She wrote with great appreciation that his journey didn't' include him losing the weight.