Female Thor Announced for Upcoming Marvel Film
‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ is taking Natalie Portman’s character to the next level
San Diego ComicCon is here! And all the big Marvel announcements have been made.
Among other big announcements, we’ve learned that Natalie Portman will be reprising her role as Jane Foster - a role that is finally realising its full potential.
Thor has come a long way since the first movie stumbled into theatres in 2011 and earned this review from the Honest Trailer guy -
“A film that only exists so non-nerds will recognise the blonde guy in The Avengers”
But a lot has changed and improved since then.
The franchise really hit its stride in ‘Thor Ragnarok’ under the direction of Taika Waititi.
Under Waititi’s direction, The Thor universe exploded into campy, goofy, colourful wonder. The movie went the direction of the wild comic books, and was much better for it.
In a time when other superhero films get darker and darker, Ragnarok was a rainbow-coloured shot in the arm.
The Story of Female Thor.
According to comics, Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman) is diagnosed with breast cancer.
This happens during a time that Thor has been stripped of his powers and has become unworthy of his hammer Mjolnir.
(Although in the film universe he now also wields Stormbreaker. So two fabulous weapons confined to the closet).
Thor stands by Jane as she battles her cancer and undergoes chemotherapy. He puts his godly life life aside to get her through her health crisis.
Then one day, while she’s being treated, Jane finds Mjolnir and actually manages to lift it.
She’s deemed worthy.
Because she’s able to lift the hammer, she’s bestowed with all of Thor’s powers. These gifts turn out to be both a blessing and a curse.
The hammer is built to drive all poison and bad substances from the body of the host. This means all the chemotherapy chemicals are constantly being sapped from her body by the weapon, in a move to protect her.
So every minute she spends as Female Thor is literally pushing her closer to death.
But on the flip-side she’s never felt more powerful than when she’s wielding the magical hammer and revelling in her powers.
While Jane is welding the hammer she has superhuman strength, stamina and recovery abilities.
Because of these powers, the cancer can’t kill her in Thor form. But it does worsen the condition because her medication is gone.
While in Thor form she can’t feel her cancer worsen, but she sure can when she puts the hammer down and returns to normal.
It’s unconfirmed whether Marvel will take this route with the film, or how the new hero will slot in with the existing crew.
But since most of the original crew are hanging up their cowls and letting their contracts expire, it was only a matter of time before we started to see the trickle of new warriors.
What is unsurprising is that the next hero is female, I expect to see a lot more female superhero’s in coming films.
If there’s one thing Marvel and Disney understand, it’s which way the money-train is rolling.
To that end I expect to see a lot more female superhero’s in the near future..
And a gay superhero in the not-so-near future.