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Move over, Chris Hemsworth. There is a new Thor in town — and a female one, at that! Last weekend at a San Diego Comic-Con panel, Marvel president Kevin Feige thrilled the audience when he revealed that the newest movie on the Marvel docket would feature Natalie Portman as a female Thor.
Although it may sound unprecedented, the truth is that the storyline for a female Thor is already outlined in the Marvel comics. Jane Foster (Portman’s character in the “Thor” franchise) becomes the Goddess of Thunder after taking up Thor’s hammer when he becomes unable to wield it. (It all happens in “Thor Vol. 1: The Goddess of Thunder.”)
Considering how well “Captain Marvel” did at the box office — earning over $1.1 billion worldwide — it is no wonder that Marvel wants to continue exploring these powerful and multi-faceted female characters. Their stories are clearly entertaining audiences around the world.
Portman posted the exciting news about her new role as female Thor on her Instagram page, writing, “So thrilled to share the news with you today at #sdcc2019 that I’ll be returning to the @marvel #mcu as female Thor with legends @taikawaititi @tessamaethompson and @chrishemsworth. (Remember this as the before picture for when I get jacked)”:
Looks like Portman plans to get ripped for her upcoming role as the brawny superhero!
As she mentions in her post, the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder” will be directed by Taika Waititi. Waititi previously directed Marvel’s 2017 “Thor: Ragnarok” as well as other popular films such as “What We Do in Shadows.” He will also write the script.
Waititi also posted about the film on his social media, sharing a closer look at the movie’s official logo. “Love & Thunder 2021,” he wrote in the caption, also adding a heart and (appropriately) a thunder emoji.
Hemsworth will also return as Thor in “Thor: Love and Thunder,” along with Tessa Thompson in her role as Valkyrie. The movie will come out Nov. 5, 2021, so Portman will have plenty of time to make those gains in the gym.
In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for other upcoming Marvel projects starring powerful women. This includes Scarlett Johansson in “Black Widow,” which will come out in May 2020.
It also includes Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, returning in both “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness,” due out in May 2021, and “WandaVision,” a new series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service in spring of 2021.
Here’s to women saving themselves — and the rest of the world, while they are at it!