Letter from PETA to Taika Waititi on ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

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(PETA) is jumping on finding a solution for Waititi, whether he should decide to have Thor back in shape for the next MCU tent pole “Love and Thunder.” The pro-animal organization has sent the “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Jojo Rabbit” director an open letter urging him to have ‘Thor go vegan’ should he need to lose weight for his appearance in his next sequel.

In a letter to ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ director Taika Waititi, PETA said that overweight Thor should lose his weight by going vegan. While it is still not confirmed whether the overweight version of Thor from ‘Avengers’: Endgame will appear in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) suggested going vegan as a way the God of Thunder could shed those pounds.

“This is an ongoing debate that we’ are still having at Marvel,” Waititi said. “‘Because we are trying to figure out how long — how many months or years — this is after ‘Endgame,’ and at what point does this take place?

Below is the PETA’s open letter to Waititi:

”Dear Taika,

We understand that you have a little of a weight problem on your hands, and PETA is here to help. As we all remember, Thor gained on a few pounds in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Hence, the question consuming the Marvel fans across the Nine Realms is how our favorite ”Thunder God” will return to his Ragnarockin’ body in your upcoming film, ”Thor: Love and Thunder”. We suggest you taking a page from Chris Hemsworth’s own playbook and exploring what would happen if Thor tried going completely vegan”.

In the letter, Lewis Crary laid down several reasons Thor should be depicted as a vegan, which included the very fact that actor Chris Hemsworth himself turned on the plant-based diet while shooting many Marvel films. “According to Chris’s personal trainer, Hemsworth went vegan while filming the original ‘Thor’ and ”Avengers” films, developing a particular taste for beans & veggie burgers,” Crary wrote.

PETA further added, ‘’if Thor took the Bifrost Bridge to our world, he might get inspired by the plant-based Avengers: Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) & Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange). Along with this, their battle armor would then start fitting a little more comfortably.”

Crary went on to talk about how going vegan falls in line with Thor’s penchant for saving this planet. ‘If Thor is serious about protecting the planet Earth, going vegan makes a lot of sense. Reducing animal products from his diet could save almost more than 20 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, 1,000 gallons of water, and 30 square feet of forest each day, along with the lives of approximately 200 innocent animals per year! By having Thor turning vegan, you could easily explain his restored muscular physique while emphasizing the benefits of a plant-based diet. Just some food for thought …’’

PETA thinks Thor can thus inspire a new generation of movie actors and makers to eat healthier, and hopefully live healthier.  

‘Avengers: Endgame’ screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus defended Thor’s weight gain following the release of the record-breaking blockbuster. “He is emotionally resolved. We got to fix his problem, and it’s not his weight,” Markus said. The writers also mentioned that by leaving Thor with his heavier weight at the end of the movie, it was saying the character’s size was inconsequential to his journey. He added, “I know some people are susceptible to a few of the humour that comes from it, which I understand. But our issue is that we wanted him to deal with his emotional state that his mom addresses. And so I think he is the ideal Thor at the end of the movie, and he’s just carrying some weight.’

Audiences were surprised when 2019’s Endgame introduced the overweight version of Thor, making the hero look like he had gained so much weight after being grief-stricken. Following Avengers: Infinity War involved Hemsworth wearing a fat suit, which he claimed weighed around 60-70 pounds. 

One of the big questions faced by Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” is whether or not Chris Hemsworth’s superhero role will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the weight he gained in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Thor’s more massive appearance (widely dubbed as “Fat Thor” online) was mocked and greeted with a bit of controversy as the fans accused “Endgame” of being fat-phobic for the way it continually used Thor’s weight gain as the punch line for jokes. Waititi said in an interview that his upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder” script is almost complete, but they have not yet finalized whether Thor would be shown as he was in “Endgame” or return to his original muscular physique.

Written and directed by filmmaker Taika Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and Christian Bale in an undisclosed villain role. The film “Thor: Love and Thunder” was initially scheduled to be released in November 2021 but now has been postponed and set for February 18, 2022.

There is plenty of time for Waititi to make a character choice for Thor because the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been delayed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. “The Eternals” jumped to February 12, 2021, and “Black Widow” moved from May 1 to November 6. The delays caused “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” to shift to May 7, 2021, followed by “Doctor Strange 2” on November 5, 2021, and “Thor: Love and Thunder” on February 18, 2022. “Black Panther 2” is currently keeping its May 8, 2022 release date, and “Captain Marvel 2” is now scheduled to run the theatres on July 8, 2022.