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Natalie Portman Will Play Female Thor In Upcoming Marvel Movie

by : Charlie Cocksedge on : 21 Jul 2019 11:58
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The Marvel team sure are busy with their announcements at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.

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With the news that Avengers: Endgame finally overtook Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time coming out, and the small matter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next 10 films being announced for Phase Four, you’d be forgiven for missing a few other key points to come out during the convention.

However, one big chunk of news was that Taika Waititi would be returning to direct another Thor film. After the success of Thor: Ragnarok, it’s easy to see why Marvel opted for the New Zealand director once again.

taika waititi, chris hemsworth, tessa thompson at comic con for Thortaika waititi, chris hemsworth, tessa thompson at comic con for ThorPA

Waititi took to the stage with cast members Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in San Diego to reveal the film’s title – Thor: Love and Thunder.

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However, towards the end of the panel, it was revealed not only would Natalie Portman be returning to the fray, but she will be taking on the role of Thor herself.

Portman will apparently still be playing Jane Foster, as she has done in previous Thor films, but this time around she’ll be able to harness the power of Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, and become a fearsome superhero herself.

Taika Waititi and Natalie Portman at Comic ConTaika Waititi and Natalie Portman at Comic ConPA

Portman’s last substantial role in the MCU was six years ago, in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. While she featured in a flashback sequence in Avengers: Endgame, the Oscar-winning actress didn’t film any new scenes for it, as old footage was used.

Coupled with the revelation in Ragnarok that Thor and Foster broke up, and that in Endgame Thor decided to leave Asgard, and New Asgard, for good, it’s currently unclear how Foster will enter the story again, or how the pair will reconcile.

It’s worth noting, however, in Marvel’s Original Sin comic series, Foster was deemed worthy to wield Mjolnir when Thor couldn’t, and dubbed herself ‘Thor, the Goddess of Thunder’, according to ComicBook.

Naturally, fans were pretty happy to see Portman return to the MCU:

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Just a couple years to wait for it!

Thor: Love and Thunder will be released on November 5, 2021.

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Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist and sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.

Topics: Film and TV, Avengers, Chris Hemsworth, Marvel, natalie portman, thor

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