How Male Superheroes Got Jacked: A Gif Investigation

The opening scene of Captain America: Winter Soldier features a pore-less Chris Evans running laps around a very-fit-in-his-own-right Anthony Mackie. The crew stuck Evans in a constricting Under Armour shirt, highlighting the monumental difference between these two men's physiques as the shirt struggled to hold all of Evans's impressive muscles in the right place.


Bigger, faster, stronger — there is an arms race [haha, get it?] for Hollywood's A-List actors to become more sinewy and more muscular than the heroes before them. "[O]bjectification makes no gender distinctions: Male actors' bare asses are more likely to be shot in sex scenes; their vacation guts and poolside man boobs are as likely to command a sneering full-page photo in a celebrity weekly's worst-bodies feature, or go viral as a source of Web ridicule," writes Logan Hill in the May issue of Men's Journal [lol sure bro]. We are at a point of no return, Hill argues, when it comes to actors' bodies.

"A mere six-pack doesn't cut it in Hollywood anymore. Today's male stars need 5 percent body fat, massive pecs, and the much-coveted inguinal crease – regardless of what it takes to get there," Hill writes.

Googling "inguinal crease" is a great way to induce a panic attack and/or body dysmorphia. But Hill has a point. I went through the completely painful task of looking at few popular superheroes (an exception was made for James Bond) from back in the day and now and compared the results:

James Bond

1965: Thunderball


2006: Casino Royale

02 james

2013: Skyfall

03 james


2000: X-Men

04 wolv

2013: The Wolverine

05 wolv

05 wolv 2


1978: Superman (from an interview with Christopher Reeve about his workout)

06 supes

2013: Man of Steel

07 supes

And there'll be more where these guys came from ...

Marvel has re-defined the art of the superhero franchise when it created and cashed in with The Avengers. The movie ended up making over $1.5 billion in theaters worldwide. That’s nice for Marvel, which will continue to make Avengers movies until Chris Hemsworth’s biceps have biceps.

But what the Avengers’ success did was put the heat on other studios to up their superhero game and try to emulate that success. In what seemed like days following the release Man of Steel, DC was already talking about the sequel which promises to feature Batman, Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones), and possibly a bevy of other brawny heroes and villains from the DC universe.

Staring down the pipeline: Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Fantastic Four, Guardians of the Galaxy (featuring the very ripped Chris Pratt) as well as the third installments of Thor and Captain America are all on the way too. More superhero movies on the way means more superheroes, and more superheroes means more actors wanting to get on the A-list and in these movies, likely by beefing up.

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I think this article was trying to make some important points but I got distracted ngl