Kumail Nanjiani Got Totally Ripped for Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’

Kumail Nanjiani shared a picture on Instagram of how he’s going to look in Marvel’s The Eternals. Marvel announced The Eternals as one of its Phase 4 movies. Nanjiani joins the cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Barry Keoghan, Brian Tyree Henry, Dong-seok Ma, Lauren Ridloff and Lia McHugh

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Kumail Nanjiani | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

The Eternals are immortal beings who’ve lived on Earth long before the Avengers and other superheroes, even before human history. Kumail Nanjiani looks the part now. Get a peek below and find out how he did it. 

Kumail Nanjiani is still humble

Kumail Nanjiani admits that posting a shirtless selfie makes him one of those guys. Good thing he’s funny so he could quote another superhero movie in a self-deprecating way. He quoted DC’s The Dark Knight about dying a hero or living to become a villain.

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I never thought I’d be one of those people who would post a thirsty shirtless, but I’ve worked way too hard for way too long so here we are. You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I found out a year ago I was going to be in Marvel’s Eternals and decided I wanted to transform how I looked. I would not have been able to do this if I didn’t have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world. I’m glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time. So big thanks to @grantrobertsfit who started working with me at the beginning of the year and made me understand true physical pain for months and months. Then, once we started shooting, a massive thanks to @davidhigginslondon and his team (@ellispartridge, @thebeardypt, @tomcheesemanfitness) for training me almost every day and making me strong, limber and injury free. I can almost touch my toes now. (And thank you for forcing me to do cheat meals David.) Matthews Street Catering for their delicious and healthy meals. And finally, the biggest thanks goes to @emilyvgordon for putting up with me complaining and talking about only working out and dieting for the last year. I promise I’ll be interesting again some day. #thirstyshirtless (Photo by @markupson.) (edit: I left off one very important person: @lancecallahan who trained me for 6 years and helped me build the foundation I could use to do this. Thank you!)

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“I never thought I’d be one of those people who would post a thirsty shirtless, but I’ve worked way too hard for way too long so here we are,” Nanjiani wrote. “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I found out a year ago I was going to be in Marvel’s Eternals and decided I wanted to transform how I looked.”

How Kumail Nanjiani got ripped 

In a long post, Kumail Nanjiani detailed the trainers who helped him and the work he put in for a full year prior to filming Marvel’s The Eternals. Mark Upson took the photo Nanjiani posted.

“I would not have been able to do this if I didn’t have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world,” Nanjiani wrote. “I’m glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time.”

Marvel's The Eternals cast
Marvel’s The Eternals cast at D23 | The Walt Disney Company/Image Group LA via Getty Images

Those resources include Grant Roberts who trains Eva Longoria, Zachary Levi and Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby and David Higgins who trained Gal Gadot for Wonder Woman

“So big thanks to @grantrobertsfit who started working with me at the beginning of the year and made me understand true physical pain for months and months. Then, once we started shooting, a massive thanks to @davidhigginslondon and his team (@ellispartridge, @thebeardypt, @tomcheesemanfitness) for training me almost every day and making me strong, limber and injury free. I can almost touch my toes now. (And thank you for forcing me to do cheat meals David.) Matthews Street Catering for their delicious and healthy meals.”

Kumail Nanjiani on Instagram, 12/16/19

The woman who supported this Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ transformation

Kumai Nanjiani is married ot Emily V. Gordon. They wrote about their courtship in the film The Big Sick which starred Nanjiani, with Zoey Kazan as Emily. Perhaps they’ll do a sequel about his year training for The Eternals.

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani | Araya Diaz/WireImage

“And finally, the biggest thanks goes to @emilyvgordon for putting up with me complaining and talking about only working out and dieting for the last year,” Nanjiani said. “I promise I’ll be interesting again some day. #thirstyshirtless