The new picture from the movie Thor: Love and Thunder gave us another great look at the Mighty Thor Natalie Portman.
The picture was discovered by Empire Magazine, and shows Portman standing with Thor Chris Hemsworth. Not only are they both in full costume, but Portman is even holding a renewed Mjolnir.
In addition to the picture, Empire also spoke with Thor: Love and Thunder screenwriter and director Taik Waititi about the upcoming film, and he explained a bit more about what Jane Foster’s return means for Thor.
“It’s been about eight years,” Waititi said. “She had a whole other life, and then the love of your life came back on stage, and now she’s dressed like you. It’s a real fuck for Thor.”
While Waititi isn’t ready to reveal much more about Portman’s return as Foster, he still talked about why he thought it was the right way to bring her back and how using Jason Aaron’s comic book The Mighty Thor as inspiration for the film came later than you might expect.
“I didn’t know we were going to use the story of the character Mighty Thor until we started working out the real story,” Waititi says. ‘I wrote and it was like,‘ Wouldn’t it be great to bring Jane back into the story?
“You don’t want Natalie to come back and play that same character who walks around with scientific gear. You know, while Thor flies around, she’s stayed on Earth, tapping her foot saying, ‘When’s she coming back?’ “It’s boring. You want her to be part of the adventure.”
Waititi was also excited to allow Portman to bring some of his comedic skills into the role.
“Natalie is really funny in real life,” Waititi says. “She’s a little stupid and has a great sense of humor, and I don’t think that was used enough in the first movies.”
Thor: Love and Thunder will be released in theaters on July 8, 2022. For more, check out Waititi’s comments on why Gorr Butcher is probably the best villain in MCU, how Love and Thunder can reconcile MCU’s most inconsistent character, and more about how Jane Foster becomes Mighty Thor.
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