Everyone was delighted with revelations that came about in this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019. In particular, both hardcore comic fans and the more casual viewers alike were hyped up with Marvel Studios teased their plans for the next two years. With series spin-offs set to be released on Disney+ and all-new films set to be in theatres, there’s much to look forward to. But what excites us most of all are the increasingly female-centred releases coming up. Perhaps the biggest and most unexpected news of them all is Natalie Portman making a comeback and taking on the mantle of female Thor.
Natalie Portman is worthy
After being absent in Thor: Ragnarok, Natalie Portman will reprise her role as Jane Foster and become the female Thor in Love and Thunder. We’re not exactly sure how this will come about with her role as an astrophysicist in the film to be directed again by Taika Waititi, but we’re sure that her new character will be inspired by Jason Aaron’s The Mighty Thor comics. Though she might be the one wielding the Mjolnir in this fourth Thor movie, we’ll still be seeing Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson star alongside her.
Female Thor becomes the Queen of Asgard?
While Jane Foster used to be Thor’s main love interest in the first two Thor films, we’re not exactly sure if their love will be rekindled in this one. But with Marvel confirming Valkyrie being the MCU’s first LGBTQ+ hero, and Tessa Thompson herself teasing that her first order of business as King of Asgard is to find a new queen, we might be treated to interesting developments later on.
Women power up
Thor: Love and Thunder isn’t the only upcoming movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring a powered-up female cast. An all-new film entitled Eternals is coming up with its cast led by Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will also be getting her spin-off series, WandaVision, on Disney+. Even better is Scarlett Johansson finally getting her standalone Black Widow film after years of appearing in countless MCU films.
The world of comics and superheroes have always been dominated by male characters, but Marvel seems to be keen on changing that with the next phase of their Cinematic Universe. Female representation and diversity are definitely being amped up, so we can’t wait to see all the interesting storylines that will come about in these changes.
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