“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.
Swoon-worthy Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth may not be as vegan as Liam—his equally hunky actor brother—but Chris did train 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. Perhaps Liam could slip an extra vegan burger on the barbie at the next family get-together.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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