Marvel Director Wants Fans to Stop Calling Natalie Portman ‘Female Thor’
A title of Love and Thunder for a MCU Thor movie might sound overly tongue-in-cheek. Not that we don’t love Marvel’s cheekier side, something we wish they’d explore more often. When Thor: Ragnarok did this a few years ago, fans wanted more as much as Chris Hemsworth did.
Now Marvel is acquiescing with Thor: Love and Thunder, albeit giving a showcase for the one and only Natalie Portman to play Jane Foster. We all know her character disappeared for a while in the Thor films, even if she also developed a very derogatory title.
Fans have been calling Portman’s character “Female Thor” on social media of late. Director of the new project, Taika Waititi, wants fans to designate her into something more in tune with gender equality.
The director wants us to think of Portman’s Thor as one and the same
When a few notable Thor fans on social media called out Portman’s character as Female Thor, Waititi chimed in immediately and said she’ll be known as “Mighty Thor.”
Those of you who know the story of Jane Foster from the comic books know she essentially fills in for her significant other (the Male Thor) when he can’t fulfill his superhero duties. Despite Jane being stricken with breast cancer, she summons all the power she can muster to take his place.
Now you know why Mighty Thor makes sense in this context. What makes Foster all the more important is she’s an astrophysicist, giving her the intellect along with the brawn.
So take heed and call her by her rightful title for the new movie. Not that we still don’t have questions about whether Portman will steal the movie away from Hemsworth.
Who’s going to have top billing in ‘Love and Thunder’?
Really, that subtitle almost looks like the name of a buddy superhero movie. Considering “Love” would obviously represent Portman, it seems it’s a subtle nod toward her receiving star billing.
Then again, others could construe the subtitle as just a more metaphorical statement about the relationship between Thor and Jane.
In the context of stardom, both Portman and Hemsworth are equal in A-list star quality. The only difference is Portman is an Oscar winner and far more accomplished actress. It could make Hemsworth intimidated on how his acting holds up to hers.
While no one can deny Hemsworth’s star quality, he still has a lot to prove in being an actor worthy of awards. At least he found his true element playing Thor.
This may be Portman’s story rather than Hemsworth’s
No matter if they share equal billing in Love and Thunder, there seems to be all indication Portman is considered the central figure. Hemsworth may have to take a bit of a backseat role here in favor of Portman’s acting ability.
Should she play up her chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer as in the comic books, then it could prove a very complex portrayal changing superhero movies to serious Oscar considerations.
Yes, Black Panther already proved such a thing, but nobody would equate Oscar with a Thor movie.
What would Hemsworth think about Portman superseding him in the film? We’re sure he’s all on board, though he’s wanted to focus more on the comedy side of Thor for a while. Let’s hope he and Portman have further comedic chemistry as they did in the previous films she appeared in.
Could Portman steal the thunder away from Hemsworth?
It’s looking clear to us Portman is going to slay as Mighty Thor, including reportedly getting herself ripped in preparation. Having this happen could be bad news for Hemsworth if he wants to focus on being Thor exclusively for a long time.
Portman’s take may prove so popular, Marvel may make more standalone movies just for her. How could they deny such a thing considering her acting pedigree?
Stealing it away from Hemsworth might anger some of the male fans. Regardless, it may be the only way to make a faster difference in expanding the path toward more women superheroes.