We’re Geeking Out Over These Pics of a Buff Kumail Nanjiani as Beloved Film Characters
We’ll have to wait until Nov. 6 — the release date for Marvel’s upcoming The Eternals film — to see Kumail Nanjiani’s full transformation from Silicon Valley tech nerd to muscled comic book superhero. But in the meantime, Men’s Health magazine is treating us to four examples of the Pakistani-American actor as the leading man we need. (And, yeah, there’s one Kumail Nanjiani Wolverine photo that has left our inner gay comic nerds squealing with delight.)
It was just this past December when Nanjiani nearly broke the internet with his buff new body, which he was happy to show off on his Instagram account. But with that post, the actor also made a point of acknowledging what went into his transformation: “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.”
Now Kumail Nanjiani is making the rounds on gay blogs once again after taking part in a fun photo shoot for Men’s Health, in which he’s decked out as the protagonist of some of our favorite films: Top Gun, with Nanjiani as Tom Cruise’s “Maverick”; the Die Hard franchise, with Nanjiani as Bruce Willis’s John McLane; American Psycho, with Nanjiani as serial killer Patrick Bateman, originally played by Christian Bale; and the X-Men franchise, with a claws-out Kumail Nanjiani Wolverine that has left us wondering whether Marvel picked the right hero for him to portray after all.
Check out all four pics (shot by Emily Shur), including the Kumail Nanjiani Wolverine photo, here:
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Now that @kumailn has successfully completed his stunning transformation from ‘Silicon Valley’ nerd to @marvel superhero, we asked the actor to recreate a few other iconic (cut/ripped/jacked/swole) roles: Wolverine, Maverick, John McClane, and Patrick Bateman. 💥 Click the link in bio for Kumail’s April cover story. 📸: @emilyshur
The photos were part of Nanjiani’s Men’s Health cover story for the month of April, which you can read here.