Avengers: Endgame took several characters into directions that we’ve never really expected before. Part of the reason why watching the film is best done without spoilers is because of said character changes.
So let’s do a quick reminder that, for the fans who haven’t seen Endgame yet, this article will contain SPOILERS AHEAD!
Talking with Entertainment Weekly, directors Joe and Anthony Russo shared why they decided on Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) five year transformation. In the interim between the end of Infinity War and five years later, Thor has apparently spent most of that time on his ass, playing video games, drinking beer, and developing a gut.
It was definitely jarring and surprising. So why did they go down that road?
Joe Russo said that Thor’s physique change was their way to show how he fell apart after everything that happened. To be fair, the guy has been through a lot: lost his mom, got dumped, dad died, was forced to fight in gladiatorial combat, evil sister tried to take over things, had to destroy Asgard, then half of the remaining population got wiped out by Thanos, lost his brother, and, well, dude should have went for the head.
Thor probably needed a therapist, but he went to different coping mechanisms.
Joe said, “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?”
While there were jokes at Thor’s expense over his bod, the Russos insist there is a serious side to it as well.
Anthony Russo said on it, “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.”
As for Thor not having a mystical transformation back, well that was conscious choice on the part of the directors as well.
“That’s the reason why we didn’t end up turning him back. It’s an experience that stays with him,” said Anthony.
Of course, things seem to be looking up for Thor at the end of the film. He’s off with the Guardians of the Galaxy. We’re hoping that he stays for the third film of that trilogy. You know, if Hemsworth is amenable, but we definitely are.
Avengers: Endgame is currently out in theatres.