Actress Natalie Portman will go from super-scientist/love interest to superhero in the fourth installment of Marvel’s “Thor” series.
Portman, who is Jewish and Israeli, will portray a female Thor in “Thor: Love and Thunder,” scheduled for release in November 2021. The announcement came as part of Marvel Studios’ annual star-studded panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20.
It will be the 28th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series, and will be directed by Polynesian Jew Taika Waititi.
In the first two Thor movies, Portman played astrophysicist Jane Foster, and became the love interest of Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth.
In the most recent film, “Avengers: Endgame,” Thor seemed to retire from his duties as a superhero/literal Norse god of thunder. Presumably, “Thor: Love and Thunder” will take a page from a recent comic book series, in which Foster was granted the powers of Thor.
In a post on Instagram, which includes a photo of her holding Thor’s hammer, Portman wrote: “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. (Remember this as the before picture for when I get jacked)”