A Thor: Love & Thunder fan poster bears the tagline “God Is a Woman.” On July 16, Taika Waititi was announced as the returning director for the upcoming Marvel film, and Natalie Portman was revealed as the lead on July 20 at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Given the narrative premise for Thor: Love & Thunder, with Portman’s Jane Foster becoming worthy of wielding the Mjolnir hammer, the fan poster is clearly a reference to Ariana Grande’s 2018 single “God Is A Woman”.
In the MCU’s first three Thor films, Chris Hemsworth portrayed the God of Thunder. Most recently, a slightly over-weight Thor appeared in Avengers: Endgame, the result of his grief over losing loved ones and having failed to defeat Thanos in battle in Avengers: Infinity War. As for Portman, the Oscar-winner made her MCU debut in Thor (2011), and reprised the role in Thor: The Dark World. Though she doesn’t appear in Thor: Ragnarok, it's implied that Jane ended her romantic relationship with Thor. More recently, older footage from Thor: The Dark World was used for Portman’s appearance in Endgame. For the upcoming Love & Thunder, Portman won’t portray “Female Thor”, but rather a character known as “Mighty Thor”.
On Twitter, artist Garrett Thomas McDonald has posted his fan poster for Thor: Love & Thunder. For a caption, he included three thunder bolt emojis, and tagged the Twitter handles for Waititi, Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Marvel Studios. Since Portman isn’t on Twitter, McDonald used the hashtag #NataliePortman instead. In the middle of the image, there’s a sketch of Mighty Thor with arms raised in a battle position and thunder bolts appearing on each side of the character’s head. Meanwhile, the character clothing receives the most detail, along with Thor's battle-axe. The bottom of the image includes the official Marvel Studios logo, and the film’s title design, with a shade of dark brown used to complement the overall color scheme. Check it out, below.
Marvel continues to diversify with its future lineup. In Thor: Love & Thunder, Thompson’s Valkyrie will become the franchise’s first LGBTQ superhero. After Phase 4 ends in 2021, Blade will presumably kick off Phase 5 in February 2022, with Mahershala Ali set to become the MCU's next black male lead after Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther broke new ground in 2018. Meanwhile, Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu will become the MCU's first Asian superhero for the Phase 4 film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Even though Thor: Love and Thunder won’t release until the end of Phase 4 on November 5, 2021, fans are clearly hyped about Portman’s casting and the direction of the franchise. Based on the looks of the latest fan poster, we can expect plenty more innovative art concepts until first-look images are revealed of Portman in custume as Mighty Thor.
Source: Garrett Thomas McDonald
- Black Widow (2020) release date: May 01, 2020
- Eternals (2020) release date: Nov 06, 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) release date: Feb 12, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) release date: May 07, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) release date: Nov 05, 2021