Love and Thunder Image shows Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth in costume
Empire Magazine unveiled a new image for Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunderwhich offers the best look at Thor’s new costumes (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane Foster/Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman). It’s also obvious that Jane will be controlling Mjolnir, which is sure to lend itself to tons of comedy between her and “The Strongest Avenger.” Taika Waititi (What we do in the shadows, JoJo Rabbit) returned to lead love and thunderfollowing his soft reboot of the character in 2017 Thor: Ragnarok.
According to Waititi, Portman’s Jane Foster return is going to be a bit of a “mindfuck” for her former lover. The director also said his portrayal of the character would draw on some of Portman’s natural talents, saying, “She’s a little goofy and has a great sense of humor, and I don’t think that’s been enough. exploited in early films.”
There aren’t too many surprises with the costumes, though they do look a bit brighter than what we’ve seen previously, especially with Thor. On the contrary, Jane seems to be closer to the colors Hemsworth wore for Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Thor’s costume is a little brighter with shades of blue and yellow, and maybe it was influenced by Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s also no way of knowing, although the duo could be on New Asgard, given the grassy landscape behind them.
Empire also had the opportunity to speak with Waititi about the decision to bring Jane back into the fold:
“I didn’t know we were going to use the Mighty Thor character script until we started working on the actual story. I was writing it and I was like, ‘Wouldn’t that be isn’t it pretty cool to bring Jane back into the script?”. You don’t want Natalie to come back and play this same character who walks around with science equipment. saying, ‘When will he come back?’. It’s boring. You want her to be part of the adventure.
Marvel didn’t shy away from making it clear that Portman would be returning as Mighty Thor, a development they announced back in 2019 at Comic Con. Not only does this give Portman the chance to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a larger role, but it also allows him to work with an Oscar winner in Waititi. It also contributes to Marvel’s drive to create strong female characters, with this year also seeing the introduction of Kamala Khan/Ms. Wonder (Iman Vellani), via his own solo series on Disney+.
love and thunder also stars Tessa Thompson like Valkyrie, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, David Bautista like Drax, Pom Klementieff like Mantis, Karen Gillan like Nebula, Jeff Goldblum as a grand master, Jaime Alexander like Sif, Wine Diesel like Groot, bradley cooper like Rocket, and Russell Crowe like Zeus. Christian Bale will play the villain in Gorr the God Butcher. In addition to directing, Waititi also wrote the screenplay alongside Jennifer KaytinRobinson (A good person, Pregnant).
Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8.
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