Will ‘Fat Thor’ Return—or Go Vegan?

PETA Solves Taika Waititi's Conundrum: Have Thor Choose Healthy, Planet-Saving Vegan Meals

For Immediate Release:
April 16, 2020

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – When a fan recently asked Taika Waititi whether “Fat Thor” would return for Thor: Love and Thunder, the director responded that they “haven’t figured that out”—so PETA sent him a letter this morning 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.

“Chris Hemsworth went vegan while filming the original Thor and The Avengers films, and other Marvel Cinematic Universe stars like Benedict Cumberbatch and Natalie Portman are powered by plants,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA hopes Taika Waititi will have the god of thunder get in shape and save the planet by keeping animals off his plate.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, visit PETA.org.

PETA’s letter to Waititi follows.

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

PETA

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