Thor: Love and Thunder: Teaser Reveals Natalie Portman is Back

Teaser Reveals Natalie Portman is Back

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After a break from Marvel Cinematic Universe, Oscar winner Natalie Portman is back in the first teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder.

Thor: Love and Thunder premieres in theaters July 8.

 

The fourth film in the “Thor” series is directed by Taika Waititi, who helmed the well-received “Thor: Ragnarok.

The movie follows on the heels of “Avengers: Endgame,” which ended with Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth), adrift after the fall of his kingdom Asgard, leaving Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

The teaser begins with him as a member of the group, with Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel set to reprise their roles.

Previous MCU stars Tessa Thompson and Waititi himself (as the rock gladiator Korg) will also return for the film.

The teaser’s biggest moment comes when Portman’s Jane Foster is revealed as the new Mighty Thor.

Set to Guns ‘N Roses’ “Sweet Child ‘O Mine,” the trailer begins with Thor on a quest of self-discovery.

“These hands were once used for battle, now they’re but humble tools for peace,” he says as he puts aside his new hammer Stormbreaker and watches an intergalactic sunset. “Now I need to figure out exactly who I am.”

After weight-loss training montage and new outfit, Thor leaves the Guardians of the Galaxy behind to find his own path. He claims his superhero days are over and sets off with Korg across the galaxy.

The teaser shows glimpses of Thompson’s Valkyrie ruling over New Asgard as its king, a lightning-bolt wielding man who’s likely Russell Crowe as the Greek god Zeus, and Thor on a pirate ship kissing an unknown woman. Capping off the teaser, Portman calls down Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, which is now magically pieced back together, and debuts her comic-accurate Mighty Thor costume.

There’s no sign of Christian Bale’s villain, Gorr the God Butcher, but the plot describes him as a killer seeking extinction of the gods.

Thor, Valkyrie, Korg and Jane will have to team up on “a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.”

The story of “Love and Thunder” is based on Jason Aaron’s critically-acclaimed run on the comic book “The Mighty Thor,” which saw Jane Foster, who dated and broke up with Thor, take up the superhero’s mantle after the sacred hammer Mjolnir deemed the Odinson unworthy and stripped him of his powers.

In the comics, however, Foster’s newfound power-up comes at a heavy cost: Every time she uses the hammer, her breast cancer becomes worse. It’s unclear whether the movie will follow the same storyline, though.

Portman reprises the role of Jane after appearing in 2013’s Thor: the Dark World.

She left the series due to being unhappy with the film, and the replacement of the original director Patty Jenkins with Alan Taylor. However, Waititi convinced Portman to return to the MCU for the project.

Love and Thunder will also introduce new cast members to the franchise. Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher is a more recent addition to the Marvel canon, having been created by Aaron and Esad Ribic in 2013.

Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone are expected to make cameo appearances. Jenny Morris and Simon Russell Beale have been cast in undisclosed roles for the film. Jaimie Alexander, Sean Gunn and Jeff Goldblum are also set to reprise their MCU roles.

Waititi wrote the script with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.

The film is produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum. Marvel Studios produces.

The shoot took place in Sydney, Australia last year, after being delayed repeatedly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch the full trailer below.