The fourth Thor film – now to be revealed Thor: Love and Thunder – is coming, and it brings a surprising cast member: Natalie Portman, who is renaming her role as Jane Foster, who will follow in her the footsteps of comic counterparts to take on Thor's role in the film, announced as part of the gigantic San Diego Comic-Con panel from Marvel.
The news comes after an early announcement prior to the SDCC that revealed that Thor: Ragnarok director Taiki Waititi would return to direct the fourth episode of the super hero franchise. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson also come back Thor: Love and Thunder, repeating their roles as Thor and Valkyrie respectively. Hemsworth and Portman are also confirmed to be part of Marvel's upcoming What if? animated series for Disney +, too.
Just announced in Hal op #SDCC, THOR THOR by Marvel Studios: LOVE AND THUNDER with Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman. Taika Waititi returns as a director. In theaters November 5, 2021. pic.twitter.com/7RRkOYWTQM
– Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
Portman has not appeared in a Marvel film since 2013 Thor: The Dark World (outside a short cameo inside Avengers: end game with the help of carved images from that film), with Portman himself respond in 2016 that "as far as I know, I am ready", referring to future Marvel performances. There were too reports back in 2011 that Portman had fought with Marvel over the decision to make Patty Jenkins, the original director of Thor 2, of the project. Her absence in the following films had flown by hand Ragnarok by explaining that Thor and Jane had broken off between films.
Regarding the role of Portman in Thor: Love and Thunder, Marvel keeps that (and actually all the information about the film) in the wraps for the time being. On the side of the comic, Jane Foster became Thor after the original Thor was deemed unworthy to use his hammer, Mjolnir. However, given the current Mjolnir-less state of the MCU following the third Thor movie, it is possible that Portman's Foster will gain its divine powers in a different way.
We will probably come closer Thor: Love and ThunderRelease Date on November 5, 2021.