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Press: See Natalie as Thor in New Fan Concept Art

Press: See Natalie as Thor in New Fan Concept Art

Spider-Man: Far From Home was the final installment in Marvel’s Phase Three, wrapping up the Infinity Saga as we know it. But the studio isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, revealing the outline for Phase Four last week at San Diego Comic-Con. There were a ton of exciting updates provided about the MCU’s future, but perhaps the most surprising was Natalie Portman’s return to the Thor franchise with Taika Waititi’s Love and Thunder.

Not only will Jane Foster return to the MCU in the first significant way since 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, but she’ll become a Thor herself in the upcoming sequel. This news broke the internet among the fandom, with Taika Waititi also revealing the character will go by the superhero name Mighty Thor. An artist recently imagined what Jane might look like in this new role, check it out below.

I mean, how cool is that? This fan art gives Natalie Portman a comic book accurate costume, which is sure to excite fans of her adventures on the page. Although we should expect her superheroic appearance to remain a mystery until the movie arrives in theaters 2021.

This art comes to us from Instagram, and shows a fan made poster for Thor: Love and Thunder. The image is heavily inspired by the upcoming fourth movie’s title art, which has a serious ’80s feel to it. And while using images of Valkyrie and Thor from their recent appearances in Avengers: Endgame, Jane was given a new look and an awesome helmet as Mighty Thor.

Jane Foster has wielded Mjolnir a few times in the comics, with Thor’s powers flowing through her as she gains fantastic abilities. Most notably, her transformation into Thor in one comic plot line actually negatively affected her health. While sick with breast cancer, Jane could use Thor’s hammer to battle and gain his abilities, but the transformation exacerbated her symptoms– and purged the radiation of her treatments from her body. It was a fascinating approach to the superhero identity, although its unclear if Taika Waititi will be inspired by the same story.

Thor: Love and Thunder will break new ground for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is no doubt one of the most highly anticipated installments in Phase Four’s schedule. The movie will bring Taika Waititi back to the director’s chair, after the wild success of Thor: Ragnarok. Love and Thunder marks the first time an MCU hero got a fourth movie, and brings Natalie Portman’s character back as the first character to inherit the mantle of Thor in the shared universe.

Just what the upcoming fourth Thor movie will contain is unclear, but clearly love is at the heart of the subject matter. Romantic plot lines have largely taken a backseat in the MCU through Phase Three, with the exception being Tony/Pepper and Gamora/Star-Lord. Endgame revealed Thor is still hung up on Jane, and their breakup should presumably be more fleshed out when she returns to theaters.

Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie should also return for Thor: Love and Thunder, and the actress revealed at San Diego Comic-Con that the new King of Asgard would be searching for her Queen in her next appearance. Valkyrie is the first LGBT hero in the shared universe, once again allowing the fourth movie in the Thor franchise to go where no other Marvel movie has gone before.

Thor: Love and Thunder will arrive in theater on November 5th, 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Source: CinemaBlend

Press: Marvel Director Wants Fans to Stop Calling Natalie Portman ‘Female Thor’

Press: Marvel Director Wants Fans to Stop Calling Natalie Portman ‘Female Thor’

A title of Love and Thunder for a MCU Thor movie might sound overly tongue-in-cheek. Not that we don’t love Marvel’s cheekier side, something we wish they’d explore more often. When Thor: Ragnarok did this a few years ago, fans wanted more as much as Chris Hemsworth did.

Now Marvel is acquiescing with Thor: Love and Thunder, albeit giving a showcase for the one and only Natalie Portman to play Jane Powers. We all know her character disappeared for a while in the Thor films, even if she also developed a very derogatory title.

Fans have been calling Portman’s character “Female Thor” on social media of late. Director of the new project, Taika Waititi, wants fans to designate her into something more in tune with gender equality.

The director wants us to think of Portman’s Thor as one and the same

When a few notable Thor fans on social media called out Portman’s character as Female Thor, Waititi chimed in immediately and said she’ll be known as “Mighty Thor.”

Those of you who know the story of Jane Powers from the comic books know she essentially fills in for her significant other (the Male Thor) when he can’t fulfill his superhero duties. Despite Jane being stricken with breast cancer, she summons all the power she can muster to take his place.

Now you know why Mighty Thor makes sense in this context. What makes Powers all the more important is she’s an astrophysicist, giving her the intellect along with the brawn.

So take heed and call her by her rightful title for the new movie. Not that we still don’t have questions about whether Portman will steal the movie away from Hemsworth.

Really, that subtitle almost looks like the name of a buddy superhero movie. Considering “Love” would obviously represent Portman, it seems it’s a subtle nod toward her receiving star billing.

Then again, others could construe the subtitle as just a more metaphorical statement about the relationship between Thor and Jane.

In the context of stardom, both Portman and Hemsworth are equal in A-list star quality. The only difference is Portman is an Oscar winner and far more accomplished actress. It could make Hemsworth intimidated on how his acting holds up to hers.

While no one can deny Hemsworth’s star quality, he still has a lot to prove in being an actor worthy of awards. At least he found his true element playing Thor.

This may be Portman’s story rather than Hemsworth’s

No matter if they share equal billing in Love and Thunder, there seems to be all indication Portman is considered the central figure. Hemsworth may have to take a bit of a backseat role here in favor of Portman’s acting ability.

Should she play up her chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer as in the comic books, then it could prove a very complex portrayal changing superhero movies to serious Oscar considerations.

Yes, Black Panther already proved such a thing, but nobody would equate Oscar with a Thor movie.

What would Hemsworth think about Portman superseding him in the film? We’re sure he’s all on board, though he’s wanted to focus more on the comedy side of Thor for a while. Let’s hope he and Portman have further comedic chemistry as they did in the previous films she appeared in.

Could Portman steal the thunder away from Hemsworth?

It’s looking clear to us Portman is going to slay as Mighty Thor, including reportedly getting herself ripped in preparation. Having this happen could be bad news for Hemsworth if he wants to focus on being Thor exclusively for a long time.

Portman’s take may prove so popular, Marvel may make more standalone movies just for her. How could they deny such a thing considering her acting pedigree?

Stealing it away from Hemsworth might anger some of the male fans. Regardless, it may be the only way to make a faster difference in expanding the path toward more women superheroes.

Source: Cheatsheet.com

Press: Natalie Portman Is Female Thor In ‘Thor Love And Thunder’ Opening Fall 2021

Press: Natalie Portman Is Female Thor In ‘Thor Love And Thunder’ Opening Fall 2021

Marvel just announced some amazing news at the San Diego Comic-Con!!

Natalie Portman is female Thor announced Thor 4 director Taika Waititi. She played Jane Foster in the first two Thor movies. Pic opens Fall 2021.

No surprise here at Marvel’s Comic-Con panel, but Taika Waititi was on hand to talk about Thor 4 along with Tessa Thompson who played Valkyrie in Thor Ragnarok along with Chris Hemsworth. Why no surprise? News broke earlier this week that Waititi was returning to Thor. He’s also here for FX’s What We Do In Shadows later tonight at the San Diego Convention Center. Thompson appeared earlier on HBO’s Westworld panel.

Valkyrie will be “re-investing in her people” and rebuilding Asgard said Thompson. “The love I feel for him is thunder,” said Thompson.

Waititi was reading one story line by Jason Aron called The Mighty Thor which is what the fourthquel will be based on. “That story line is incredible is full emotion, love and thunder and introduces for the first time female Thor,” said Waititi. Thompson and Hemsworth haven’t seen the script yet.

What’s happened to Thor posts Endgame? “He’s heading to the 7-11 for a little Netflix subscription and at this point he might be on the couch, who knows,” said Hemsworth.

Source: Deadline

Press: Did Thor’s Natalie Portman return for Avengers: Endgame?

Press: Did Thor’s Natalie Portman return for Avengers: Endgame?

Natalie Portman hasn’t appeared in an MCU movie since Thor: The Dark World, with later movies mentioning Jane Foster only in passing.

She’s previously said that she was “done” with Marvel movies, but later left the door open (“hopefully one day I’ll figure it out”). Portman’s appearance at the Avengers: Endgame world premiere left fans speculating that she would make a surprise return.

But did she? We’re about to head into spoiler territory, so you have been warned.

Read the full article **WHICH CONTAINS AVENGERS: ENDGAME SPOILERS** at DigitalSpy.

Press: Natalie Portman to Narrate Disney’s ‘Dolphin Reef’ Movie

Press: Natalie Portman to Narrate Disney’s ‘Dolphin Reef’ Movie

The feature from the studio’s newly branded Disneynature label will debut on Disney+, the upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service.

Natalie Portman will narrate the Disney feature film Dolphin Reef, to be released on Disney+, the studio’s upcoming streaming service.

Created by Disneynature, the new Disney-branded film label, and directed by Keith Scholey, the pic centers on Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who can’t quite decide if it’s time to grow up and take on new responsibilities. That is, until he can’t resist the many adventures the ocean has to offer.

“Disneynature takes audiences to spectacular and remote places to share remarkable wildlife stories captured by our award-winning film crews,” Paul Baribault, vice president of Disneynature, said Monday in a statement.

Dolphin Reef will join the lineup on Disney+, which is set to launch Nov. 12 as a family-friendly service with an expansive library of programming, including the Disney classics 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, Fantasia, Mary Poppins, The Sword in the Stone, Steamboat Willie and Sleeping Beauty.

In addition to the some 7,500 TV episodes and 500 movies available, the platform will also be home to original programming including The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and the live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp.

Disney+ will also feature movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and National Geographic.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter