Marvel fans have been bombarded with news relating to Phase Four in recent days.
The most recent is one that is particularly exciting and managed to get past the rumour mill.
Not only is Natalie Portman returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in earnest, she’s going to be wielding the mighty Mjolnir as the new Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder.
The God of Thunder is about to become the Goddess of Thunder.
Portman’s character, Jane Foster, is the human scientist Thor (Hemsworth) encountered when he was banished to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins). The two embarked on a romance and she returned in Thor: The Dark World.
But after that appearance, the character was largely written out, only referenced in digs about how Jane and Thor broke up off-screen.
In reality, the rumour was that Portman was unhappy with Marvel after her preferred director for the second Thor movie, Patty Jenkins, was dropped from the project. Jenkins would eventually go on to make Wonder Woman for DC.
Thor: The Dark World came out in 2013, and Portman had made comments since then that as far as she knows, she was done with the MCU.
It clearly came as a surprise to fans when Portman appeared on the red carpet at the Avengers: Endgame premiere in April this year. Maybe fences were on the mend? It certainly appeared that way when Jane had a small cameo in the film in one of the time travelling scenes.
During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, as Portman made her way onto the stage, Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, who had been confirmed days earlier as returning for Thor 4, handed her a Mjolnir prop.
Hoisting it up, Portman said: “This feels pretty good, I’ve always had a little hammer envy.”
Waititi said while making Ragnarok, he was reading the 2014 comic book storyline which saw Thor become “unworthy” of the hammer, which passes his abilities onto a cancer-stricken Jane who becomes the new Thor.
Hemsworth has also been confirmed for the movie, as was Tessa Thompson, who joined the MCU in Ragnarok and also appeared in Avengers: Endgame.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Thor: Love and Thunder will closely follow the plot of The Mighty Thor comic books — for one thing, Mjolnir no longer exists in the current MCU timeline having been crushed by Cate Blanchett’s Hela in Ragnarok.
At the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, Thor leaves New Asgard, a colony set up on Earth, and passed his crown on to Valkyrie (Thompson). Onstage at Comic-Con, Thompson said: “As new king, she needs to find her queen.”
Fans have taken that as another sign that Valkyrie will be the MCU’s first LGBTQ superhero.
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Written by Jackson Miller