Marvel announced at their San Diego Comic-Con that actress Natalie Portman is to play Thor in the fourth instalment of the franchise, named Thor: Love and Thunder.
From dainty and fragile Nina in Black Swan to mighty and brave in the upcoming Thor movie, Natalie Portman has certainly played a diverse set of roles throughout her acting career but this may be the most controversial yet.
Directed by Taiki Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder will be based on a comic book storyline from 2014 in which Thor loses his abilities. His powers will be given to Jane Foster (Portman), who will exert his powers and magical hammer, Mjolnir.
Portman starred in the Thor franchise in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, which was negatively received by critics. Yet the sequel Ragnarok was critically praised for injecting both humour and style into what was becoming a tiresome franchise – which sounds promising for this sequel.
Portman said she was “thrilled” to return to the franchise via Instagram and was looking forward to working with Hemsworth and Thompson.
She also stated that she couldn’t wait to do some superhero heavy lifting, joking she’s “always had hammer envy,” according to Variety.
In Hemsworth’s latest screen appearance in Avengers: Endgame, Thor decided to leave his role as Asgard in pursuit of joining the Guardians of the Galaxy team. As his replacement, he appointed Valkyrie (Thompson).
There has been no information as to whether or not Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who has appeared in the previous three films, will return. However, it has been confirmed that Hiddleston will reprise his role in a new Marvel TV series as the main character, appropriately titled Loki.
Comic-Con also announced that there will be a sequel to Doctor Strange, a Black Widow film starring Scarlett Johansson, a reboot of Blade and Marvel’s first Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.