Thor 4 – now revealed to be called Thor: Love and Thunder – is officially on its way and it’s bringing back an OG cast member, Natalie Portman. The Academy Award-winning actor will reprise her role as Jane Foster, who’ll follow the same story line as her comic book counterpart and become the Goddess of Thunder – a new Thor.
Adored Kiwi Taika Waititi, who will return to direct the fourth film, announced the news at Marvel’s massive Comic-Con panel in San Diego.
Foster, an astrophysicist, appeared in the first two films Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) as the god’s love interest. According to the 2014 comics, Thor is weakened and unworthy to wield the great hammer. In his place, a new mighty Thor arises as the Goddess of Thunder. Her identity is kept a secret at first but she is later revealed to be Jane.
“I’ve always had hammer envy,” a Mjolnir-wielding Portman told the crowd at Comic-Con’s Hall H, per Variety.
National treasure Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will also reprise their roles as the God of Thunder and Valkyrie.
Thor: Love and Thunder is slated for release November 5, 2021.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER with Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Natalie Portman. Taika Waititi returns as director. In theaters November 5, 2021. pic.twitter.com/Lq4hM8GSRV— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 21, 2019
Marvel also announced a slew of other titles as part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A couple of these – and I really do just mean ‘a couple’ include The Eternals starring Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, and Kumail Nanjiani; Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starring Kim’s Convenience snack Simu Liu and legend Awkwafina; Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen, and Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson and Stranger Things dad David Harbour.