Contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame
The events of Avengers: End infinity really did a number on Thor. it changed nearly everything about him. Not only had Thor lost his father, his hammer and his eye in Ragnarok, he also lost his brother during the opening scene of Infinity war. After the who team together with Captain Marvel ambush Thanos, Thor understandably decapitates him with storm breaker.
While this should have give him the satisfaction of revenge he had been craving for the past 21 days, it fails to do so. Fast forward five years into the future. We see how other characters are dealing with the loss of their loved ones. Tony starts a family, Captain America joined a support group for people who lost their loved ones from the snap.
Hawkeye became John Wick Black Widow despite her best efforts to keep strong and act as a leader is visibly shaken and even has a monetary melt down after a holographic call with Captain Marvel, War Machine & Okoye.
Thor on the other hand handled matters differently. He decided to submerge himself in alcohol, snacks and video games which gave him a completely different look and soon became fat.
During a recent interview with The New York Times, Avengers: Endgame screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus explained the real reason why Thor got a completely different physique in the film.
Markus said: “When we were spitballing for Endgame, we started with, Thor’s on a mission of vengeance. And then we were like, he was on a mission of vengeance in the last movie. This is all this guy ever does! And fails, all the time,” “Let’s drive him into a wall and see what happens.” McFeely added, “He just got drunk and fat.”
From Mcfeely $ Markus’s point of view, Thor’s transition from the buff god of thunder at the start of Endgame to “Nutty Professor” for most of the movie’s runtime then back to the lightning-wielding, hammer-swinging (but still chubby) hero at the very end means that he received “two movies’ worth of story.” As Markus noted, “For a guy people once thought of as boring, he’s become very useful.”
Thor’s new look in Avengers: Endgame received mixed reactions from fans. Some fans are not loving the fact that the character’s obvious depression and self consciousness was downplayed for comedic effect. On the other hand, other commend the screen writers for breaking from the norm that to be a superhero you need to have a perfect body.