With Marvel Studios having wrapped up its Phase Three with this past summer’s box office hit “Avengers: Endgame” and Phase Four kicking off with the release of “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” geeks everywhere diverged on the San Diego International Comic-Con to find the answer to the burning question—what else is in store for Phase Four?
Although there were a plethora of panels, and plenty of stars to ogle, one of the most awaited announcements happened in the grand-daddy of meeting rooms—Hall H. It was here that we learned that Thor would, in fact, have another entry into the franchise, sans Chris Hemsworth unfortunately.
With a targeted release date of November 5, 2021, “Thor: Love And Thunder” will feature Jane Foster, portrayed by Natalie Portman, picking up the hammer and taking on the role of Goddess of Thunder.
Director Taika Waititi’s much-anticipated sequel will pick up where “Avengers: Endgame” left off. Valkyrie, as portrayed with Tessa Thompson, is sitting on the throne as ruler of Asgard. Thor is not to be seen, presumably off somewhere on an adventure. With no sign of Thor returning anytime soon, Jane takes up Mjolnir and mans the reins in Thor’s absence.
Waititi stated that Jason Aaron’s tenure on the Thor comic played a rather significant influence on the fourth and upcoming entry into the franchise. In the Aaron comics, Odinson became unworthy to wield Mjolnir, prompting Jane to set in as defender of Asgard. During her battle with Mangog, she was defeated, having saved all the Asgardians in the process. Odin returned her to life, as gratitude for her service, having also made her a Valkyrie,
The moral of the comic storyline is that any god should earn the worship of their followers, and not take any of it for granted. It’s being speculated this theme will play out very heavily in the movie. Although Portman was absent from “Thor: Ragnarok,” she played very significant roles in the first two Thor movies.