Kumail Nanjiani Got Really, Really Ripped for the New Marvel Movie

"Cause of death: Kumail Nanjiani’s Eternals makeover," one person wrote.

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While you were mindlessly scrolling through Instagram today, as is everybody's Monday morning ritual, Silicon Valley and The Big Sick star Kumail Nanjiani dropped the transformation to end all transformation. Nanjiani has spent the last year training heavily for Marvel's The Eternals, and, um, it shows in this thirst trap of a photo.

Back in August, it was announced that Nanjiani was going to be in the upcoming Marvel movie, The Eternals, alongside what seems to be like the greatest cast ever: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, and more. So, obviously, if you're going to be in a Marvel movie, you have to be ridiculously fit. Like, we're talking Chris Pratt in the Guardians of the Galaxy-transformation worthy.

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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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Nanjiani wrote in the post that since he found he was going to be in the film a year ago, he wanted to go about the transformation. "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," he wrote.

Here's another look at his transformation:

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Nanjiani went on to add in the caption that it took a lot of resources and time. He thanked his personal trainers and the people who reminded him it was cool to have a cheat meal every now and then. And, of course, his wife, Emily Gordon.

"The biggest thanks goes to @emilyvgordon for putting up with me complaining and talking about only working out and dieting for the last year," he wrote in his caption. "I promise I'll be interesting again some day."

Marvel's Eternals is set to come out in November of 2020. Until then, if Richard Madden would like to post a similar shirtless photo, we're all for it.


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