Thor: Love and Thunder saw the start (and end) of Jane Foster’s time as Thor. However, Natalie Portman doesn’t feel like she’s done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet.
Jane Foster was, to many fans, the highlight of Thor: Love and Thunder, underscoring Taika Waititi’s over-the-top silliness with a genuinely heartwrenching story of life and willpower. Sadly, the film put a very concrete end to her time as Thor. Despite this, Natalie Portman still wants to return to the MCU, emphasizing the amazing feeling of playing a superhero:
“Oh, it was, yeah, it would be so fun to do,” Portman explained in a recent video with Vanity Fair. “You get a lot of cool points with your kids when you do a superhero movie.”
“It’s pretty amazing, you know, you kind of feel like, ‘Oh I guess I’ll just get to play petite women my whole life.’ And then they’re like, ‘No, you’re gonna play a 6’3 character.’ Then you watch yourself on screen and I’m like, ‘This is what it looks like to be like a big person. This is what it feels like.'”
With the MCU staring down the barrel of the multiverse with its upcoming Secret Wars project, it seems like the perfect opportunity to reintroduce fans to a new version of Jane Foster as Thor, even if Natalie Portman won’t return for the long term. At the very least, it could serve as a redemption for the underwhelming Thor: Love and Thunder!
Hercules v Thor: Dawn of Thunder?
Taika Waititi’s comments regarding the MCU’s plans for Hercules are quite interesting. When you factor in the fact that recently, numerous titles were trademarked for Marvel Studios, one of those was Hercules: Rise of the Gods. Whether or not this is referring to a new film or TV series remains unknown, but this trademark was also listed alongside now-confirmed titles such as Captain America: New World Order, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and Avengers: Secret Wars.
Here is the synopsis for Thor: Love and Thunder:
The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, the Thor solo film stars Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.