Taika Waititi Personally Convinced Natalie Portman To Return For Thor: Love And Thunder

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is on the edge of a precipice, as Phase Three has officially come to a close. Spider-Man: Far From Home revealed how the Earth had moved on in the wake of Infinity War and Endgame, but there are still plenty of questions floating in the air. And once Marvel Studios revealed its outline for Phase Four at San Diego Comic-Con, even more questions arose.

This is especially true for the Thor franchise, as Taika Waititi announced his return for Thor: Love and Thunder. Natalie Portman is reprising her role as Jane Foster, and will even transform into Mighty Thor in the process. And it turns out that it was Waititi himself who convinced the Oscar winner to return to the MCU. As MCU architect Kevin Feige recently revealed this when speaking about the fourth Thor movie, saying:

Despite her years-long hiatus from the MCU and quick write off in Thor: Ragnarok, Natalie Portman was easily convinced to play Jane Foster again. Ragnarok director Taika Waititi just took one brief meeting with her, and reportedly wooed her with his pitch.

Kevin Feige’s comments to CNN will make a great deal of sense to moviegoers who have been following the Thor franchise. Chris Hemsworth’s series of solo flicks haven’t always been the best the MCU had to offer, and Thor: The Dark World is considered one of the weaker installments in the massive franchise. That was the last time Natalie Portman was seen as Jane Foster, with the character being written out via breakup up with Thor.

While Jane was noticeably absent in Thor: Ragnarok, the threequel breathed new life into the property. Taika Waititi leaned in on comedy, taking the God of Thunder into space and pairing him with colorful characters, including The Hulk. The change in tone and color really connected with audiences, and Ragnarok made a ton of money at the box office. The success was significant enough that Thor will be the first hero to get a fourth movie in the MCU.

Clearly big changes are coming for Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder, and the plot twists were enticing enough to get Natalie Portman involved. We’ll just have to wait and see what’s coming in the upcoming blockbuster, which will arrive in two years and change.

Thor: Love and Thunder will fly into theaters on November 5th, 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

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