PETA publishes open letter urging 'Fat Thor' to go vegan in 'Thor: Love and Thunder'

Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Endgame (Credit: Marvel/Disney)
Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Endgame (Credit: Marvel/Disney)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for Thor to reconsider his diet in the forthcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.

The Norse superhero, played by Chris Hemsworth, rather stacked it on for his last screen appearance, in Avengers: Endgame.

He was, rather cruelly, branded 'Fat Thor' by fans, which brought with it the additional ire of those who objected to his 'fat shaming', accusing filmmakers of making a joke of the character's weight.

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But now PETA has appealed directed to Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi to address Thor's eating habits in the new movie.

In an open letter, it said that making Thor vegan would save '1,000 gallons of water, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, and 30 square feet of forest each day as well as the lives of nearly 200 animals a year'.

Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok (Credit: Marvel/Disney)
Hemsworth from slimmer times in Thor: Ragnarok (Credit: Marvel/Disney)

Here's the letter in full:

“Dear Taika,

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

According to his personal trainer, Hemsworth went vegan while filming the original Thor and Avengers films, developing a particular taste for beans and veggie burgers. Perhaps if Thor took the Bifrost Bridge to our world, he might get inspired by plant-based Avengers, Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) and that battle armor would start fitting a little more comfortably.

If Thor is serious about protecting the Earth, going vegan makes a lot of sense—axing animal products from his diet could save more than 1,000 gallons of water, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, and 30 square feet of forest each day as well as the lives of nearly 200 animals a year! By having Thor go vegan, you could easily explain his restored physique while hammering home the benefits of a plant-based diet.

Just some food for thought …

Best regards,

Lewis Crary
Assistant Manager, Animals in Film & Television

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The movie, which will see the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and Christian Bale on board, was originally slated for release on in November, 2021.

Due to shifting release dates following the coronavirus pandemic, it will now land on 18 February, 2022.