With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing San Diego Comic-Con to go with virtual streaming for most of its events through Comic-Con@Home, it feels like a whole different time from the same occasion in 2019. That live iteration of SDCC, which would have been unthinkable these days, had as one of its highlights the announcement of an upcoming movie for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Phase 4: “Thor: Love and Thunder.” The film would star Natalie Portman as Avenger Asgardian (ex-) girlfriend Jane Foster, making up for her post (Dark World) absence by gaining the power of Thor. But with COVID around, the question becomes when the movie could even start production.
According to The Daily Mail, Natalie Portman has somewhat put some worries regarding “Thor: Love and Thunder” to rest when she revealed on social media when Marvel Studios could begin filming it. Speaking on Instagram Live this past weekend about her new joint ownership of the “Angel City Football Club” expansion team for the National Women’s Soccer League, Portman revealed to Angel City co-owner, tennis superstar Serena Williams, that filming for the fourth MCU “Thor” movie could start in 2021, ahead of a 2022 release.
“I’m very excited,” the actress, now aged 39, tells Williams. “We’re shooting in Australia at the beginning of next year.” The production tidbit was dropped by Natalie when Serena – a big MCU fan – asked in between discussion about their NWSL expansion club what it was like to become Thor on the big screen. Portman has to explain that the production has not begun yet before telling when it would. She also expressed relief that work with not begin until the following year, to give herself time to bulk up (in muscle definition) for her role.
“Obviously everything is weird because of pandemic time, who knows what’s happening, but the plan is for all of us to go,” adds Natalie, hinting that she might be able to bring her young children with her for the shoot.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” is being helmed by “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017) director, with the general plot based on a “Thor” story arc in Marvel Comics where the titular God of Thunder becomes unworthy of his warhammer Mjolnir, leading to Jane Foster using it and assuming the alter ego of a female Thor, a status quo that takes up to several years of Marvel publication time. The film also stars Chris Hemsworth as the original Thor, Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, and some cast members of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It has been slated to premiere in February 2022, the fifth film in the MCU Phase 4.
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