San Diegos annual pop culture gathering saw a big reveal of trailers, stars and release dates, including some major Marvel news
1. Thor Four is forward-thinking
The inscription on Mjolnir, Marvels spin on the weapon of Norse legend, reads: Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor. Its time to update that pronoun.
One can quibble about what was the biggest surprise at this years marketing bonanza held at the San Diego Convention Center, but Oscar-winner Natalie Portmans return as the Asgardian hero Thors former love interest, Dr Jane Foster, is a top contender. (The character got an exit, pursued by a lapsed contract off-screen dismissal earlier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) Portman isnt just back for Taika Waititis Thor: Love and Thunder, in theaters 5 November 2020, she will appearing as Thor. Not a female Thor Thor. (The origins of this lay in Jason Aarons The Mighty Thor comics arc which began in 2014.)
This is not to say the upcoming film is all Portman. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will be back in their previous roles, hopefully with no one remembering their Men In Black: International debacle. Importantly, a comment Thompson made during the panel that her character Valkyrie will be looking for her queen was confirmed later by Marvels generalissimo, Kevin Feige, to mean that Valkyrie is the MCUs long overdue first LGBTQ superhero.