In probably the best news we’ve heard all week, it was confirmed at Comic-Con today (July 22nd) that your imaginary best friend, Taika Waititi is giving us another Thor movie.
The fourth Thor film, titled Thor: Love And Thunder was officially announced at Marvel’s Comic-Con panel on Sunday, and not only do we have a release date (November 5, 2021) but we were also gifted with a cast line up.
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will be reprising their roles of Thor and Valkyrie for the project. But that’s not all, you guys!
One Natalie Portman is returning to the franchise.
Portman played Thor’s love interest Jane Foster in the first two films, only to disappear from the Marvel film universe after a “mutual dumping” – as the God of Thunder put it in Thor: Ragnarok.
It didn’t really feel as though that part of Thor’s story was properly addressed, and I’m not so convinced Jane would have just sat idly during the Thanos saga so, it’s nice to know we’ll get some closure in this next project.
Not only that, but we were told that Portman will be yielding a hammer, herself.
As Collider reports, Waititi told panel audiences:
“When we were shooting Ragnarok I was reading one storyline by Jason Aaron called The Mighty Thor and for those of you know how that story line it’s incredible it’s full of emotion and love and thunder and it introduces for the first-time female Thor. For us there’s only one person who could play that role… Natalie Portman.”
Portman, ever the poetic supplier of one-liners, responded with:
“Feels pretty good. I always had a little hammer envy.”
And that’s not where the exciting Asgardian news ends, either. Tessa Thompson offered a few quotes about what’s next for her character; the new king of Asgard.
“First of all, as a new king, she needs to find her queen. So that will be the first order of business.”
The announcement was a very clear indication that Valkyrie is going to be our first openly queer superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
To which we can only say: love it 3,000.