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Natalie Portman Will Return To The Thor Franchise… As Thor! –

July 20th, 2019

After sitting out Thor: Ragnarok, Jane Foster will officially return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Taika Waititi‘s anticipated follow-up, the newly announced Thor: Love and Thunder. And in even bigger news: She’ll be wielding the hammer, too. Yes, that hammer.

Introducing Jane Foster, the goddess of Thunder.

Marvel Studios announced today (July 20) at San Diego Comic Con that Natalie Portman will reprise her role as Jane in the forthcoming flick, which was partially inspired by Jason Aaron’s beloved comic book run, The Mighty Thor. “For those of you who know that storyline, it’s incredible and full of emotion and love and thunder and it introduces, for the first time, the female Thor.”

Portman then took the stage in Hall H — holding Mjölnir, of course — to rapturous cheers from the audience. “I always had a little hammer envy,” she said. She was joined by co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.

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Details are scarce at the moment, but here’s what we do know about the fourth film in the Thor franchise: It will be a love story. Valkyrie, now the ruler of New Asgard, “needs to find her queen,” Thompson said during the Marvel presentation.

“There’s nothing more powerful than love,” Waititi added. “Or thunder!” Hemsworth joked.

It’s unclear how Jane Foster becomes the Mighty Thor, but seeing how the last time we saw Hemsworth’s Thor he was hitching a ride into space with the Guardians, there’s a need for a goddess of Thunder on earth. And with Doctor Strange opening a multiverse of madness in 2021, anything can — and probably will — happen.

Thor: Love and Thunder will storm into theaters November 5, 2021.


Marvel confirms Phase 4 release dates, including Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Thor: Love and Thunder and new Doctor Strange at Comic-Con – CNET

July 20th, 2019
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Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con panel dropped some massive news.

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Today, at Comic-Con today Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios unveiled Phase 4 slate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He hit the stage at Marvel’s panel in Hall H Saturday night and announced at tantalizing suite of new superhero movies over the next two years including Black Widow, The Eternals, Thor 4: Love and Thunder, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

He also teased the answer to the biggest lingering question since the merger of Disney and Fox. How long until we see some X-Men or other Marvel superheroes join our faves?

Plans are apparently in the works.

Oh, and surprise! Blade is back.

Okay, let’s catch our breath for a second!

Here is Marvel’s Phase 4 schedule:

  • May 1, 2020: Black Widow
  • Fall, 2020: Untitled
  • Nov. 6, 2020: The Eternals movie
  • Feb. 12, 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Spring, 2021: WandaVision Disney Plus series
  • May 7, 2021: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Spring, 2021: Loki Disney Plus series
  • Summer, 2021: Untitled
  • Fall, 2021: The Falcon and Winter Soldier Disney Plus series
  • Nov. 5, 2021: Thor 4: Love and Thunder

The long-rumored Black Widow is definitely happening, and will star Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle and Rachel Weisz. Cate Shortland will direct the movie, which is set to hit theaters May 1, 2020. The movie will take place shortly after Captain America: Civil War, Harbour told IGN, making it a prequel to the more recent Avengers films.

We even got a bit of footage. 

Meanwhile, Thor: Love and Thunder is coming Nov. 5, 2021! It’s The fourth in the series, starring Chris Hemsworth, with Taika Waititi on for writing and directing. Perhaps the biggest news: Taika Waititi has announced that Natalie Portman will be Lady Thor in Thor 4. Incredible stuff, especially since Jane and Thor’s relationship seemed to have been over.

Marvel also confirmed that The Falcon and Winter Soldier original TV series will arrive on Disney Plus in fall, 2020. According to some tweeters on the floor, it is part of Phase 4, so would fill that fall, 2020 slot.

WandaVision, a Marvel original TV series starring Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, became the next big news: Marvel confirmed it will arrive in spring, 2021.

And we have confirmation that Loki, the Marvel TV series starring Tom Hiddleston as the titular antihero, is coming to Disney Plus in spring, 2021.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was also announced. We know very little about that one, although the title does tease the kind of multiverse madness that reared its head in Spider-Man: Far From Home. The Doctor strange sequel arrives May 7, 2021.

Marvel’s The Eternals movie, starring Angelina Jolie, will arrive Nov. 6, 2020. We also have Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, starring Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, arriving February 2021.

And surprise… You thought that was all? Marvel Studios also announced Blade starring Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali. 

Here’s what we and others have been tweeting from the panel floor.

And here’s news on Falcon and Winter Soldier, set to star Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Daniel Brühl.


Natalie Portman Returns for ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ as Female Thor – Variety

July 20th, 2019

Natalie Portman is coming back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but she’s no one’s love interest this time around.

The Oscar winner will play a female god of thunder in the fourth film from the Chris Hemsworth series, titled “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

Portman hit the stage at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday to great fanfare, standing beside returning director Taika Waititi and co-stars Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, where she was handed a Hasbro version the hero’s famous hammer.

“I’ve always had hammer envy,” Portman admitted.

Portman appeared in the first two Thor movies in 2011 and 2013 as Jane Foster, but was absent for the most recent installment, “Thor: Ragnarok.”

The development shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise for those who read the comic books. Foster’s introduced to the series as an astrophysicist who becomes the object of Thor’s affections, but in a 2014 comic-book storyline, she’s deemed worthy to wield Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, and adopts the title of Thor, the Goddess of Thunder.

In addition to revealing Portman’s return, the Thor crew also announced a release date for the forthcoming movie: November 5, 2021.

Other big announcements at Marvel’s massive Comic-Con panel included the lead of “Shang-Chi” (Simu Liu), the full cast of “The Eternals” and Mahershala Ali starring in a new “Blade” movie.


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July 20th, 2019

Woman, 63, dies in skydiving incident in eastern Ontario: police – CBC News

July 20th, 2019

Provincial police say a woman has died after a skydiving incident in eastern Ontario.

Investigators say they were called to the scene of the incident near Gananoque, Ont., on Saturday afternoon.

They say a 63-year-old woman from Ennismore, Ont., died at the scene.

Paramedics took a 51-year-old man from Alexandria, Ont., to hospital with serious injuries.

Police have not released their names.

Provincial police say they’ll continue to investigate the incident and the Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

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Natalie Portman Coming Back To Marvel As Thor – HuffPost

July 20th, 2019

Natalie Portman is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the next “Thor” film and will grapple with being a superhero herself.

On Saturday, Marvel announced to a packed room at the San Diego Comic-Con that the Oscar-winning actress would be starring in “Thor: Love And Thunder.”

The film, which is scheduled to be released in November, 2021, will feature Portman as Jane Foster, her character in the first two “Thor” films.

But there is a twist taken straight from the comic books: Portman’s character will pick up the mighty hammer and become Thor. 

Portman seemed excited about finally being the hammer holder and joked,  she previously “had a little hammer envy.”

Chris Hemsworth will also be in the film, but Tessa Thompson may have provided the teaser of the day when she suggested her character, Valkyrie, may find love with another woman.

“As King, she needs to find her queen,” Thompson told the crowd.

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Marvel Reveals Phase 4 Movie Release Date Schedule: Black Widow, Eternals, Thor 4 – GameSpot

July 20th, 2019

During Marvel’s Comic-Con 2019 panel Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, detailed its plans for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including release dates. Those in attendance got to see first confirmation that Phase 4 begins with The Eternals, which arrives on November 6, 2020. Although before that, we’ll be getting the Black Widow movie on May 1, 2020. And at some as-of-yet unspecified date, we’ll be getting a new Blade movie, and the introduction of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men to the MCU.

Eternals will be directed by Chloe Zhao and will be “full Jack Kirby” according to Feige. Zhao said she “just really really wanted to make a Marvel movie for so long. This film is about this group of incredible immortals but through their journey we really get to see what it means to be human.”

The cast includes Richard Madden as Ikaris, and he revealed that Eternals is about a group of “immortal aliens, sent to earth by the celestials to protect Earth from the Deviant.” He added, “I play Ikaris, the sexiest Eternal.”

Coming after The Eternals will be Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings. Feige said the 10 Rings have been in the MCU from the very start and the real Mandarin is quite upset with the imposter that appeared in Iron Man 3. Tony Leung will play Mandarin and Awkwafina will be in the movie in an unrevealed role. Shang-Chi will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. The lead character of Shang-Chi will be played by Simu Liu.

On May 7, 2021, Stephen Strange will return in his second standalone movie. Doctor Strange 2: In the Multiverse of Madness picks up on something mentioned in Spider-Man: Far From Home: The Multiverse. Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on stage during the panel and said he’d be faced with horrors unlike anything he’d encountered before. Scarlet Witch will also be in the movie, alongside Doctor Strange and, as such, the events of the Wanda and Vision Disney+ TV series will be tied in.

The Phase 4 release rollout is as follows, including movies and Disney+ TV shows. For a full recap of the panel, check out our rundown on everything announced at the Marvel Studios panel.


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July 20th, 2019

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Natalie Portman Is Returning To The MCU To Play Jane Foster Thor – GameSpot

July 20th, 2019

It turns out that sort of out-of-place Natalie Portman cameo in Avengers: Endgame was a little more important than anyone could have guessed. The actor, who hasn’t played a major role in any MCU movie since 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, will be making a return to the MCU to reprise her role as Jane Foster in Thor: Love And Thunder–with one major caveat: she’ll be wielding Mjolnir.

Director Taika Waititi took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con during the massive Marvel Studios panel to surprise fans. Moderator Jessica Chobot prompted Waititi with a question about what comic book storylines had inspired him, which Waititi was quick to answer. “When we were shooting Ragnarok, I was reading Jason Aaron’s Mighty Thor, and it introduces female Thor [Jane Foster]. So, there’s only one person who can do that.”

Natalie Portman herself then took the stage to massive applause, before being handed her own replica Mjolnir to really drive Jane’s new MCU status quo home.

“This feels pretty good,” Portman laughed, “I’ve always had a little hammer envy.”

Jane’s turn as Thor came after Thor Odinson was rendered unworthy by a cosmically aware Nick Fury (don’t ask), who confirmed that a villain named Gor the God Butcher, who believed all gods in the universe were fundamentally horrible and wrong, was “right.” By whispering that simple phrase: “Gor was right,” Thor found himself experiencing such a crisis of confidence that he could no longer lift Mjolnir.

Thankfully, Mjolnir’s powers have some strings attached, if you remember its inscription–“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” During Thor’s crisis, Jane, who had actually been battling fatal cancer, was able to lift the hammer and become imbued with the powers. As a deity, Jane’s cancer was also “cured,” but only while she was in her Thor form, creating a dangerous catch-22 when she would revert back to her mortal self.

It’s unclear what the set up for Jane’s transformation in the MCU will actually be, since as far as we know she has been in perfect health, but with Doctor Strange 2‘s introduction of the multiverse, it seems like anything and everything is possible.

Thor: Love And Thunder will hit theaters on November 5, 2021.