We’re still suffering from Avengers: Endgame hangover, and although Spider-Man: Far From Home quenched our thirst for a little while, we simply can't get enough. But thanks to Comic-Con 2019 held at the San Diego Convention Center last Saturday, July 20, the major Marvel announcements have finally been made—and the list of upcoming movies to expect MU left us nothing less than ecstatic!
The biggest bomb they dropped, though? Natalie Portman’s much-anticipated role in Thor: Love and Thunder, which is set to hit theaters on November 5, 2021. According to the reports, she'll not only get more screen time; she'll also be deemed worthy to carry Thor’s sacred hammer A.K.A. Mjolnir! Just when we thought Captain America was the only other character who could wield the magical weapon, Jane Foster steps in to become the female Thor—yup, you read that right.
Natalie herself took it to Instagram to confirm the news. "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," she captions the post.
Taika Waititi, the director of Thor: Love and Thunder, was alongside stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson when he announced that the film will be inspired by Jason Aaron’s storyline, which introduces a female Thor into the plot. Taika announced, “There is only one person who could play that role—Natalie Portman!” With that, the crowd naturally went wild.
The host then asked Natalie how it feels to be back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—this time holding the hammer of Thor. To which, Natalie responded: “Feels pretty good. I've always had a little hammer in me.”
Natalie previously played astrophysicist Jane Foster in 2011's Thor and 2013's Thor: The Dark World, although she did not return for the most recent installment, 2017's Thor: Ragnarok.