Two days ago, Marvel Studios shocked their fans with the big news. They announced an epic reveal of their Phase 4 plans, specifically the fourth Thor movie. The movie will have a surprising cast member: Natalie Portman.
She will be taking on the role of the Mighty Thor in the film. It says that it was all part of the phase 4 Marvel Cinematic Universe plans.
The news comes after an early announcement that Thor: Ragnarok director Taiki Waititi would be returning to direct the fourth installment of the superhero franchise.
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will also return for Thor: Love and Thunder, reprising their roles as Thor and Valkyrie.
Natalie Portman is Back in the MCU
Portman hasn’t appeared in any Marvel film since 2013’s Thor: The Dark World with herself commenting in 2016 that “As far as I know, I’m done,” in reference to future Marvel appearances.
There were also reports back in 2011 that Portman had fought with Marvel over the decision to drop Patty Jenkins (the original director for Thor 2) from the project.
Her absence in following films had been hand-waved away in Ragnarok by explaining that Thor and Jane had broken up offscreen between films.
As for Portman’s role in Thor: Love and Thunder, Marvel is keeping that (along with basically any information about the film) under wraps for now.
Based the comic book that was released Jane Foster became Thor after the original Thor was deemed unworthy to wield his hammer, Mjolnir.
Given the current Mjolnir-less state of the MCU following the third Thor film, though, it’s possible that Portman’s Foster will gain her godly powers some other way.
Well, it sounds like Portman is ready to get into ass-kicking shape. We’ll see her wield Mjolnir as the new Goddess of Thunder soon.
Apparently, we’ll know more about the details when it is closer to Thor: Love and Thunder’s release date on November 5th, 2021.