The news is out! Natalie Portman has officially been cast as the all mighty Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Naturally, the news has shaken the Internet up quite a bit. Perhaps not as much as Robert Pattinson as the new Batman, but enough to spur some glorious fan art. Despite Marvel announcing that Jane Foster would become Thor in 2014, many continued to wonder if Nathalie Portman as Thor would become a reality, or if someone else would helm the role?
Simply put, Portman has has not been seen in the MCU since 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. Although she made a brief appearance in Avengers: Endgame (2019), that footage was actually created from her role in Dark World – with the addition of a new voice over. As such, fans have been unsure about her casting.
Thankfully, fans need not wonder anymore. The announcement of Natalie Portman as Thor was revealed at Comic Con San Diego 2019, and the internet has been blowing up with “Female Thor” ever since then. With that in mind, Taika Waititi, the director of the upcoming Thor: Thunder and Love (2021), took to Twitter to correct this incorrect label. According to Waititi, Nathalie Portman is not “Female Thor”, she is simply “Mighty Thor“. Nevertheless, Portman is a wonderful actress and all Marvel fans are waiting eagerly to see how she will represent the Mighty Thor. Especially alongside Asgard’s new king.
Portman as Thor will be joined by Tessa Thompson for the new film, who has been cast as the new King of Asgard (an upgrade from her previous role as Valkyrie). Thompson’s new kingly role has excited the LGBTQ community quite a bit. Mainly because of Thompson’s response to fans about Valkyrie’s future as King of Asgard. She responded by saying that “as king, she needs to find her queen”, which has even more fans excited about what may come in phase four of Marvel‘s MCU.
What about Chris Hemsworth’s Thor? The actor has also been cast for the new film, but little is known about exactly how he will pass on the ability of being Thor to Jane Foster. In the comics, all it took was a whisper from Nick Fury to cause Thor to ‘no longer be worthy’ of the role. How it will play out in Thor: Thunder and Love (2021) is anyone’s guess, but it should be good.
With all the badass woman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, namely Peggy Carter, Captain Marvel, Nebula, Valkyrie, Scarlet Witch, Gamora and Black Widow, among many others; we can now add ‘Mighty Thor’ to that list. Given the news of Portman as Thor, fans all over the world have been putting out their art in excitement for the new film. I have put together a selection of my favourites, and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.