‘What If…?’ Showrunner Pitched Natalie Portman As Thor Before ‘Love and Thunder’

Ashley Bradley, showrunner for Marvel’s Disney+ animated series What If…? reveals that she initially pitched having Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) as Thor before Thor: Love and Thunder was announced.

Bradley spoke to Discussing Film about pitching Jane Foster as the Mighty Thor as part of one of the numerous animated What If…? episodes. To her surprise, Marvel already knew that Taika Waititi had plans for Natalie Portman to return in Love and Thunder: 

“Our first weeks there I very strongly pitched doing The Mighty Thor- Jane Foster Thor. Jane wielding the hammer, I believe first happened in a What If comic. I was very poignantly told that was never going to happen. I got a little angry and thought, ‘Why, because they don’t want a woman holding the hammer?’ I was very politely told, ‘No we’re doing it.’ I was like what? ‘We’re doing it in the movies. You can’t do it.’ I was like, seriously? They responded with, ‘Please don’t tell anyone. We’re with you on it, it’s an amazing idea. Taika Waititi wants to write it.’ At that point, you just go ‘Then Taika Waiti can write it!”

Numerous actors and actresses are set to lend their voices in Marvel’s What If…?. If Jane Foster’s Thor were to be part of these plans, Natalie Portman would have likely lent her voice as well. Thankfully, we will be seeing her return in live-action form after her absence in Thor: Ragnarok with her return in Love and Thunder.

Are you excited to see that Natalie Portman returning to the big screen in Love and Thunder rather than in animated form for a What If…? episode? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for What If…?, Natalie Portman and Thor: Love and Thunder.

Natalie Portman was reportedly disappointed with how Marvel Studios dismissed original Thor: The Dark World director Patty Jenkins’ vision for that film before her exit from the project over creative differences. This is believed to have played a part in Natalie Portman leaving the franchise altogether, but her brief role through archival footage in Avengers: Endgame kept her stamp within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as relevant to the ongoing plot, and now that she can step in the role of the new Thor she has an opportunity to have a stronger heroic presence compared to her previous portrayal as Chris Hemsworth’s love interest.

Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Natalie Portman. The film will be based on Jason Aaron’s Mighty Thor comic book run, with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster set to become the new Thor.

Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 5, 2021.

Source: Discussing Film

DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters

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Doom PatrolAlong with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.

In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.

You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".

Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.

Here is the synopsis for the show:

“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”

Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.

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