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The Avengers: Endgame Directors Defend Thor's New Look In The Film And We Get It Now

"He’s broken and that’s who he is moving forward."

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.

There wasn’t much to dislike about Avengers: Endgame, but one thing that has stood out to many fans was Thor’s new look in the film.

Let’s not beat around the bush here, Thor, who’s known for his ripped physique, got fat. Not only that, he stayed that way, there’s no magic that makes him fit again.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of the film, said it was their way of showing just how much Thor has fallen apart following the Snap. Asgard had been destroyed, along with nearly everyone he knew and cared for.

Joe said, “No, he’s broken and that’s who he is moving forward.”

“How is everyone processing their grief? We wanted them all to process it in very different ways. And Thor is an exceedingly tragic character who was built from the time he was a boy to be a king.”

“What is the distance that a character like that can travel, a god? Somebody, especially, who looks like Chris Hemsworth?”

Which is why they decided to make him a physical and emotional trainwreck.

At one point in the film, Rocket calls him a “melting ice cream cone”, even his mother, Frigga, asks him to eat a salad. But the Russo brothers say there’s a serious side to Fat Thor.

Anthony explained, “Even though there’s a lot of fun to be had in the movie with his physical condition, it’s not a gag.”

“It’s a manifestation of where he is on a character level, and we think it’s one of the most relatable aspects of him. I mean, it’s a very common sort of response to depression and pain.”

Joe added, “What would happen if that character became extremely angry and started to punish himself and didn’t care anymore?”

“What would happen to him? He’s an alcoholic now, he doesn’t care about anything. He doesn’t care about himself.”

“That’s the reason why we didn’t end up turning him back… It’s an experience that stays with him.”

At the end of the film, Thor gives the crown to Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, saying, “It’s time to be who I am rather than who I’m supposed to be. But you — you’re a leader. That’s who you are.”

He then heads off with the Guardians of the Galaxy and with a hint of optimism refers to the group as “The Asgardians of the Galaxy, back together again!”

Anthony said, “He may have made some repair in this movie and made progress, but that experience that brought him to that physical condition is still with him, and it’s a longer road beyond that.”

“We don’t know what that road beyond that is for him.”

We just hope that if we see him again he’s happier!

The Avengers Cast Thought They Were Attending A Wedding For Final Endgame Scene

In case this movie wasn't sad enough...

Warning: Contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, obviously…

When Avengers: Endgame was being shot, many precautions were taken to ensure the movie wasn’t spoiled by anyone working on it.

For example, directors Anthony and Joe Russo confirmed Robert Downey Jr was the only actor given the full script for the film, whereas other actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland were only given their lines.

Now, Sebastian Stan, AKA Bucky Barnes/the Winter Soldier, has opened up about how the cast was kept so in the dark they didn’t realise they were shooting Tony Stark’s funeral scene until they were on set.

During an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Stan was asked if he knew what he’d be shooting for the film beforehand and the actor revealed he would get to set and find out then what he’d be filming that day.

“I was told that there was a wedding that we were filming. And I was like, ‘Who’s getting married?’ But everybody was dressed very formal and I was looking around and two people weren’t there.”

Trying not to spoil anything, he sheepishly went on to say:

“I was looking around and two people weren’t there. So I guess that was the bride and the groom. But that’s what it was. It was a wedding. You saw the movie, right? It was a wedding.”

So, the cast who weren’t there to see that Tony and Natasha Romanoff didn’t survive, found out while the cameras were rolling.

OK, now I’m crying…

Watch the full interview with Sebastian here:

Brie Larson Says It 'Breaks' Her Heart That There's Not Enough LGBT Representation In The MCU

"I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero."

Warning: This post contains mild Avengers: Endgame spoilers!

While promoting Avengers: Endgame, Brie Larson, whose Captain Marvel film earned over $1 billion worldwide, revealed how happy she is to be part of the push for diversity onscreen.

Speaking on Variety’s The Big Ticket, Brie said she’s found herself “surprisingly emotional” seeing the film’s impact on young girls.

“I’m happy to be on the forefront of the normalisation of this type of content and to prove once again that representation matters. Diverse storytelling matters, the female experience matters, and these are markers. It’s something I’ve always known and I think a lot of people always knew.”

She added, however, that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a long way to go when it comes to representations of certain groups, in particular, the LGBT community.

The host of the podcast told Brie he grew up thinking he’d never see an LGBT superhero, to which Brie said it “breaks [her] heart” that people would think that way.

“That breaks my heart to hear that, because there’s no reason.”

“I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero. So to me it’s like, we gotta move faster. But I’m always wanting to move faster with this stuff.”

“It wasn’t enough for me to just look strong on a poster … I feel like I can’t at the end of the day go to sleep at night if I didn’t do everything that I possibly could [to empower others].”

It comes after Endgame received backlash from fans for a very minor depiction of an LGBT character, played by director For Russo. In the scene, Russo’s character is in a support group for those who survived Thanos’ snap and speaks about going on a date with a man after losing his partner.

Speaking with Deadline, Rosso said he and his brother Anthony thought it was important that the first openly gay character in the MCU be played by one of them.

Joe said, “It was important to us as we did four of these films, we wanted a gay character somewhere in them. We felt it was important that one of us play him, to ensure the integrity and show it is so important to the filmmakers that one of us is representing that.”

Fans were disappointed by the cameo as producer Kevin Feige suggested an LGBT superhero would soon be appearing in the MCU.

Most were upset that it was made out to be a big deal and it was a small scene:

Others were happy there with the scene and said it was important for representation:

However, many fans thought Captain Marvel or Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie would be revealed as part of the LGBT community. Tessa actually said a scene confirming she was bisexual was cut from Thor: Rangarok.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Tessa confirmed they shot a scene where a woman walked out of Valkyrie’s bedroom but was cut as it “distracted from the scene’s vital exposition”.

Given the success of the first Captain Marvel film, we will likely see a sequel, so here’s hoping Marvel listens to their fans and the actors themselves!

 

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