Natalie Portman preparing to get ‘jacked’ ahead of taking on Thor’s mantle

Natalie Portman has joked she’s preparing to “get jacked” after it was announced she will play the first-ever female Thor.
Fans were stunned when it was revealed at Comic-Con on Saturday (20Jul19) that not only would her character astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster be returning for director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, but would also take on the mantle of the Norse God of Thunder.
And in a cheeky nod to her former on-screen love interest Chris Hemsworth, who is also returning for the fourth film in the Thor franchise, she joked that she would be transforming her lithe figure into that of a bulked-up superhero – just like the Aussie hunk.
“So thrilled to share the news with you today at #sdcc2019 that I’ll be returning to the @marvel #mcu as female Thor with legends @taikawaititi @tessamaethompson and @chrishemsworth. (Remember this as the before picture for when I get jacked),” the 38-year-old wrote on Instagram, alongside a snap of her onstage at Comic-Con with Waititi, while wielding a toy version of the magical hammer Mjolnir.
The New Zealand-born filmmaker explained on Saturday that Thor 4 would be based on a 2014 comic book storyline where Thor loses his abilities, with Dr. Foster wielding his power – and hammer – instead. He also clarified that her name would be Mighty Thor.
In Avengers: Endgame, it was revealed that Thor had become a depressed and overweight alcoholic, and passed on the mantle of ruler of Asgard to Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson.
Thor: Love and Thunder will be released in November 2021.