Press: Taika Waititi Personally Convinced Natalie Portman To Return For Thor: Love And Thunder

Press: Taika Waititi Personally Convinced Natalie Portman To Return For Thor: Love And Thunder

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is on the edge of a precipice, as Phase Three has officially come to a close. Spider-Man: Far From Home revealed how the Earth had moved on in the wake of Infinity War and Endgame, but there are still plenty of questions floating in the air. And once Marvel Studios revealed its outline for Phase Four at San Diego Comic-Con, even more questions arose.

This is especially true for the Thor franchise, as Taika Waititi announced his return for Thor: Love and Thunder. Natalie Portman is reprising her role as Jane Foster, and will even transform into Mighty Thor in the process.

And it turns out that it was Waititi himself who convinced the Oscar winner to return to the MCU. As MCU architect Kevin Feige recently revealed this when speaking about the fourth Thor movie, saying:

We love the story — it’s one of the best comic runs recently. [Director Taika Waititi] would flip through and read that run while he was doing Ragnarok. And I think when he agreed to come back and do another Thor, he was like, ‘How do we–?’ This is a very big movie that’ll be folding in a lot of elements. That is a huge important part of it. He pitched it to us, and we were totally in. We loved it. We’d been in touch with Natalie. She’s part of the MCU family and we put she and Taika together. It took one meeting and she agreed to do it.

Despite her years-long hiatus from the MCU and quick write off in Thor: Ragnarok, Natalie Portman was easily convinced to play Jane Foster again. Ragnarok director Taika Waititi just took one brief meeting with her, and reportedly wooed her with his pitch.

Kevin Feige’s comments to CNN will make a great deal of sense to moviegoers who have been following the Thor franchise. Chris Hemsworth’s series of solo flicks haven’t always been the best the MCU had to offer, and Thor: The Dark World is considered one of the weaker installments in the massive franchise.

That was the last time Natalie Portman was seen as Jane Foster, with the character being written out via breakup up with Thor.

While Jane was noticeably absent in Thor: Ragnarok, the threequel breathed new life into the property. Taika Waititi leaned in on comedy, taking the God of Thunder into space and pairing him with colorful characters, including The Hulk.

The change in tone and color really connected with audiences, and Ragnarok made a ton of money at the box office. The success was significant enough that Thor will be the first hero to get a fourth movie in the MCU.

Clearly big changes are coming for Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder, and the plot twists were enticing enough to get Natalie Portman involved. We’ll just have to wait and see what’s coming in the upcoming blockbuster, which will arrive in two years and change.

Jane Foster’s absence from Phase Three was noticeable, and so much has changed throughout the last slate of films. On the whole, romantic plot lines took a step back, as characters develop in other ways. But the title Thor: Love and Thunder puts matters of the heart at the forefront. In fact, Tessa Thompson recently revealed that Valkyrie will be looking for her Queen of Asgard in the upcoming sequel.

Natalie Portman’s signature Marvel character is a genius and astrophysicist, who unknowingly gets involved in cosmic conflicts during the first Thor movie. She eventually hits it off with the God of Thunder during his fish out of water story, joining the ranks of love interest characters like Pepper Potts and Peggy Carter.

She and Thor reunite in Thor: The Dark World, revealing that he hadn’t exactly been around previously and slapping Chris Hemsworth’s behemoth hero right in his handsome face. She is infected by The Aether in the movie, with the Reality Stone flowing through her. Jane eventually saved and makes it out alive, breaking up with Thor sometime in the future.

Jane Foster wasn’t present for any of the action in Phase Three, although she did get a quick cameo in Avengers: Endgame. During the epic Time Heist, Thor and Rocket are tasked with extracting The Aether from Jane in Asgard.

While Thor ends up speaking with his mother Frigga moments before her death, Rocket must sneak into Jane’s quarters to procure the Reality Stone. Natalie Portman didn’t shoot anything new for that brief sequence, with unused footage from The Dark World utilized to briefly use Jane as a macguffin.

What Jane has been up to throughout Phase Three is largely a mystery, although she and her co-workers Darcy and Erik Selvig were revealed to have survived Thanos’ snap in a novel set after Avengers: Infinity War.

Fans are eager to catch up with the character, especially now that she’s going to be changed so drastically in Thor: Love and Thunder.

The overall story of the fourth Thor movie is a mystery to the public, although Taika Waititi clearly has been plans for his follow up to Ragnarok. The last we saw the God of Thunder, he was onboard The Benatar with the Guardians of the Galaxy. It was unclear if he was joining the team or simply hitching a ride, although the latter seems more likely given the announcement of Love and Thunder.

At the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, Thor decided to abandon his role as the King of New Asgard. Instead, he gave Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and left Earth to become the person he was meant to be. The narrative possibilities are wide open for Taika Waititi in Thor: Love and Thunder, especially now that Natalie Portman will get her own chance to be a superhero.

Thor: Love and Thunder will fly into theaters on November 5th, 2021.

Source : Cinema Blend

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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

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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

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Photos: San Diego Comic-Con Marvel Studios Panel

Photos: San Diego Comic-Con Marvel Studios Panel

Photos of Natalie attending today’s Marvel Studio’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con have been added to the gallery. I’ll be adding more soon so make sure you check back.

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Photos:  Miss Dior Exhibition In Shanghai

Photos: Miss Dior Exhibition In Shanghai

I added photos of Natalie attending the Miss Dior Exhibition In Shanghai to the gallery. I am still working hard behind the scenes to get the entire site ready to officially open.

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