Natalie Portman Is Taking Over Mjolnir In Taika Waititi’s New ‘Thor’ Sequel

Plus, Marvel are finally tackling 'Blade' again.


Every year, Marvel swamps San Diego Comic Con with an absolute deluge of factoids, announcements, and premiere dates. And hey, ’cause our massive, corporate entertainment multi-nationals are nothing if not dependable, Marvel hasn’t disappointed in 2019, announcing a bevy of new projects, plus details on Taika Waititi‘s new Thor outing.

Let’s tackle that Asgardian outing first. It’s finally got a title: Thor: Love And Thunder. If that and the film’s logo (below) are anything to go on, sounds like the flick is going to be an ’80s hair-metal indebted smorsgadboard of excess.

Details are scant — unsurprisingly, given that production hasn’t even really started on the thing. But we do now know that Natalie Portman is returning to the franchise as “female Thor”.

Whether that means that she’s playing a new role — she was in the first two films as Thor’s partner, Jane Foster — or that Jane is going through a radical transformation is yet to be revealed. Guess we’ll have to find out when the film drops on November 5, 2021.

Also announced at SDCC is a Hawkeye miniseries, starring Jeremy Renner and debuting on Disney+, the entertainment behemoth’s streaming service. In it, Hawkeye will have to teach a new young protege the ways of the bow.

In fact, the Disney+ front is rather stacked. Over the next few years, audiences can look forward to a bizarre, mind-bending series called What If…?  starring Jeffrey Wright as “the Watcher”; WandaVision, which focuses on Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, AKA the Scarlett Witch; Loki, which features the trickster god flitting his way through time and making mischief; and Falcon & The Winter Soldier, an espionage drama starring the two superpowered heroes.

If that’s not enough, we also have a new Doctor Strange flick, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness. If that H.P. Lovecraft title isn’t enough to whet your appetite, director Scott Derrickson has described it as Marvel’s first scary movie.

Oh, and then there’s another movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, set to star the legendary Tony Leung as the villainous Mandarin and starring Marvel’s very first Asian lead.

Finally, Blade, the vampiric Marvel character made famous by Wesley Snipes, is getting another go-around. This time he’s set to be played by Mahershala Ali. Which like, fuck yeah.

Basically, we’re going to be up to our ears in Marvel for at least the next three years.