Natalie Portman Becomes Thor in New ‘Love and Thunder’ Pic

Don’t mess with Natalie Portman.

She could have played sidekick and love interest in the first two Thor movies – and she might have been left out of the third movie, Thor: Ragnarokcompletely – but in the sequel to come, Thor: Love and ThunderPortman becomes a version of Thor herself, wielding Thor’s hammer Mjolnir and gaining her own armor and buff arm muscles.

A new photo from the film revealed by Empire Review shows Portman in costume as Thor standing next to the original Thor, Chris Hemsworth, and she looks surprisingly tall and superheroic next to him.

love and thunder director Taika Waititi also spoke with Empire about the film and explained how Jane gets superpowers, inspired by a recent comic book series titled The Mighty Thor by writer Jason Aaron, saw the light of day. He said he had no plans to include Jane’s Thor until he “started working on the actual story”, at which point he realized it would be “pretty cool to bring back Jane in the script”.

Rather than just dwell on her role as a beautiful scientist with a crush on Thor, Waititi felt…

You don’t want Natalie to come back and play this same character who walks around with science equipment. You know, while Thor was flying, she stayed on Earth, tapping her foot and saying, “When is he coming back?” It’s boring. You want her to be part of the adventure.

And now she is. Marvel also released a nice new photo of Hemsworth from the movie:

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Thor: Love and Thunder is set to open in theaters on July 8.

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