We all know the familiar faces of our favourite superheroes. With the rise in popularity of The Avengers, Suicide Squad, and many other blockbuster superhero movies, our culture has been saturated in the superhuman strengths of superheroes.
However, the question is: Do Superheroes Train in Martial Arts?
Although it may seem like many superheroes only rely on their superhuman powers, behind the movie screen it’s a very different battle. Many actors have to train in martial arts in order to fit their superhero characters.
Although the character they are portraying may not be well-versed in martial arts, actors often find themselves training anyway. This is because martial arts are one of the most effective approaches to overall fitness and health. It also has practical applications for their roles too.
Below are some of the actors of marvel and DC movies who have been trained in martial arts in order to take up their roles.
The Avengers: Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
Although it is clear from his physique that Chris Hemsworth is physically fit, he also had to take up some more training in order to take up the mantle as ‘Thor’.
His workouts consisted of lifting weights and cross-training, however, martial arts have also become a favourite of his.
Utilising Muay Thai strikes for practicing on bags, Hemsworth also practices boxing and wrestling too. Perhaps he is as formidable out of costume as he is in costume.
Below is a great video of Hemsworth showing off some of his boxing and kickboxing skills:
Avengers: Civil War, Spiderman (Tom Holland)
One of the most iconic characters in marvel’s universe, Tom Holland took up the role of Spiderman in 2016.
As the character is known for his speed and agility, Holland practiced parkour for the role and turned to martial arts for the fight scenes.
Tom Holland often practices boxing as part of his fitness regimen which has helped to increase both his flexibility and agility. Perfect for this role, practicing boxing has made Holland’s fight scenes more realistic, aiding his action sequences.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)
Chris Pratt’s body type has changed dramatically over the years thanks to the help of both boxing and Muay Thai. In 20914, he landed the role of Star-lord in Guardians of the Galaxy and never looked back.
Although Pratt has a wide variety of workouts, martial arts is one of his favourites. Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Wrestling are also part of his regimen.
Below is a video of Chris Pratt celebrating Adel Altamimi’s win:
The Avengers: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)
Since 2008, Robert Downey Jr. has held the iron man title. He utilises weight-lifting to keep fit, however, much like the others talked about above, martial arts are also part of his workout regimen.
Although this was not in preparation for his superhero role, Robert Downey Jr. practiced Wing Chun for his characterisation of Sherlock Holmes in 2009.
Shown in the clip below, Robert Downey Jr.’s skills came in handy when filming this fight scene:
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