“There was an idea: to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if [they] could become something more.” Many of the remarkable Avenger superheroes are, indeed, becoming something more—they’re going vegan.
In films based on Marvel comics, the Avengers are known for taking on some of the most heinous threats and villains around. In real life, the actors who portray these badass heroes are taking on threats even more terrifying than Thanos himself—the meat and dairy industries. Find out how these real-life superheroes are embracing vegan lifestyles in the most marvelous ways.
Benedict Cumberbatch (aka ‘Doctor Strange’)
Just last month, while promoting the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, mega-talented British actor Benedict Cumberbatch mentioned—during three separate interviews—that he’s vegan.
IT’S OFFICIAL. @Avengers: #InfinityWar star Benedict Cumberbatch is #vegan! Must be why @DrStrange is SUCH a powerful force 😉 https://t.co/fNVp9GIjcR #PoweredByPlants pic.twitter.com/iDJyBK3fSm
— PETA (@peta) April 20, 2018
Click to find out how you can eat—and dress—as compassionately as the Doctor Strange actor.
Chadwick Boseman (aka ‘Black Panther’)
Let’s face it—Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman looks good. The 40-year-old (that’s right—40!) credits his vigorous exercise regimen and plant-based eating with giving him some of “the handsomest years” of his life—at least, that’s what he told MrPorter.com during an interview at a vegan café in Los Angeles. According to the fashion site, Boseman is still “mostly vegan” and loves nutritious juices like the Greena Colada from Sage Vegan Bistro.
Click here to learn more about going vegan to help you stay in shape and look younger.
Mark Ruffalo (aka ‘Hulk’)
When you look at Hulk, you might think, “Now there’s a guy who eats his veggies.” And you’d be right: Mark Ruffalo has long spoken out against the meat industry. For years, he’s endorsed Meatless Mondays, opposed “big ag,” and shed light on the connections between climate change and eating meat.
Beef production takes up a huge amount of your carbon footprint. We can take fewer bites of beef, why not cut down? https://t.co/UUWLnFf0Sk
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 3, 2017
Click here to learn more about fighting climate change by going vegan.
Chris Hemsworth (aka ‘Thor’)
Swoon-worthy Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth trained vegan to get in shape to play Thor. His personal trainer revealed that the actor went vegan while filming and that his favorite foods included beans and veggie burgers, according to Mail Online.
According to his personal trainer, Chris Hemsworth went #vegan during the filming of the latest #Thor movie! 😍 We hope that he sticks to staying strong by eating plants 💚 https://t.co/r6qUjmatO3
— PETA (@peta) March 13, 2018
When a fan asked Taika Waititi whether “Fat Thor” will return for Thor: Love and Thunder, the director responded that they “haven’t figured that out”—so PETA sent him a letter with a suggestion: Have Thor go vegan, which would explain any weight loss and be a natural extension of his compassion for life on Earth.
We had an idea about how to explain how #Thor goes from his beer-belly bod in #AvengersEndgame to his fit physique in the upcoming #Thor4.
Solution: Make him a REAL protector for the Earth, animals, and health — a #vegan! https://t.co/kfwSZV7XCs
— PETA (@peta) April 17, 2020
Click here to find out how to get Thor-jacked on vegan fare.
It seems PETA wants @chrishemsworth's Fat Thor to go vegan in #thorloveandthunder: https://t.co/TQYuHa11hO pic.twitter.com/kePEUe7GyM
— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 16, 2020
Danai Gurira (aka ‘Okoye’)
If you want to be more like Danai Gurira—and seriously, after seeing her portray Okoye in Black Panther, who wouldn’t?—try having some cashew cheese and coconut milk yogurt. When tweeting about World Vegan Day, she admitted that these two are some of her favorite vegan finds:
Thanks @CoryBooker, didn’t realize it was #WorldVeganDay! My fav vegan finds of late: cashew cheese and coconut milk yogurt. So good! https://t.co/cTgFQr8qPC
— Danai Gurira (@DanaiGurira) November 2, 2016
Click to learn more about eliminating dairy “products” from your diet.
Scarlett Johansson (aka ‘Black Widow’)
A skintight black onesie is not an easy look to pull off, but Black Widow’s Scarlett Johansson managed to do so effortlessly. While circuit training and learning mixed martial arts, she also dined on plant-based meals. According to reports, the Avengers star ate salads, oatmeal, and lots of fruits and vegetables.
“[A]fter lots of fighting and training and raw vegan food you can fit into a cat suit,” said Johansson.
Click here to learn more about being vegan while training.
Peter Dinklage (aka ‘Eitri’)
In Infinity War, Peter Dinklage plays Eitri, a blacksmith who crafted Thor’s signature hammer. In real life, he stars in PETA campaigns, urging folks to face their food and stop buying huskies.
Reason #1,000 to ❤️ Peter Dinklage.
RT if you agree with him! http://t.co/pnHH1XdMIG pic.twitter.com/zkSoDt9sam
— PETA (@peta) July 2, 2014
Click here to listen to him narrate PETA’s “Face Your Food” video.
Dave Bautista (aka ‘Drax’)
How does Dave Bautista get fit enough to take on a role like Drax the Destroyer? Eating “as clean as possible,” including using vegan protein powder. (His current favorite is Sunwarrior.) We love that the Drax actor is outspoken about cutting out meat—because if this guy can do it, so can you!
A friend sent me this and I had to pass it along. #onelife https://t.co/u6etJt9tMl
— The Artist Formerly Known as Super Duper Dave (@DaveBautista) November 7, 2014
Click here to discover even more vegan protein powders.
Winston Duke (aka ‘M’Baku’)
In Black Panther, M’Baku—played by the handsome Winston Duke—joked, “If you say one more word, I will feed you to my children. … Just kidding. We are vegetarians.” Although this one-liner spawned many spoofs, Duke told Variety, “[I]t’s kind of teaching kids that eating vegetables is cool, which I’m all for.” He even confessed that his dream amusement park includes a vegetarian café:
What kind of roles would @Avengers: Infinity War stars @AnthonyMackie, @Winston_Duke and Sebastian Stan want to play if they were part of a theme park ride? #AvengersInfinityWar pic.twitter.com/shArQRCSrv
— ComingSoon.net by Mandatory (@comingsoonnet) April 24, 2018
Luckily for Duke, Disneyland is already jam-packed with delicious vegan eats.
Zoe Saldana (aka ‘Gamora’)
Zoe Saldana may play superhero Gamora on the big screen, but she’s a real-life superhero to many—including her three children. According to Shape, her family has been dairy-free for some time.
“[W]e’re starting to move in the direction of becoming a vegetarian family,” the supermom also told the magazine.
Click here to discover the benefits of raising vegan kids.
A Message for Tony Stark
In Infinity War, while discussing the villainous Thanos with Strange, Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) reveals that there’s a Ben & Jerry’s flavor named after him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “And I swore off dairy, but then Ben & Jerry’s named a flavor after me,” he said to Wong, Strange’s sidekick. Strange then admits that Stark’s namesake flavor is a “[b]it chalky.” Not to worry, Stark—Ben & Jerry’s has loads of delicious, dairy-free ice creams to choose from. Click here to discover them all!