Because who needs regular Thor when you have Mighty Thor?
Last Friday, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi broke the news that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will be the next to wield Thor’s hammer. Although multiple news outlets have hailed the character as Lady Thor and Female Thor, we’d like to remind everyone that she’s actually Mighty Thor. Because why the hell should she be defined by her gender?
When announcing what will go down in the 4th installment of the Thor franchise, Waititi released the official title for the film. Thor: Love and Thunder will be the last stand-alone film for Chris Hemsworth’s beloved deity of thunder. The film will be directed and written by Waititi and will give Jane Foster a much more substantial role compared to her first two appearances in the franchise.
In the first Thor film back in 2011, Foster was introduced as the brilliant astrophysicist that acted as Thor’s love interest. While she had plenty of screen-time and was shown as an intelligent scientist, she was still laced with the typical love interest trope that we’re better off without. Things got worse for her character in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World where she was portrayed as a damsel in distress.
Portman didn’t appear in Thor: Ragnarok and she even went on to tell The Wall Street Journal back in 2016: “As far as I know, I’m done. I mean, I don’t know if maybe one day they’ll ask for an Avengers 7, or whatever.”
So the news of her comeback was well-received especially now that Jane Foster will finally be given the hero treatment she deserves.
Christian is a morning reporter and technology columnist for Best in Australia. Christian has worked in the media since 2000, in a range of locations. He joined Best in Australia in 2018, and began working in Melbourne in 2019.