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Marvel’s Comic-Con panel delivered some exciting news on Saturday, starting off with Natalie Portman, who announced she’d be the first female Thor in the franchise’s upcoming film. Thor Love and Thunder will be the fourth film in the Thor series and is set to hit theaters on November 5, 2021.
“Feels pretty good. I’ve always had a little hammer in me,” Portman said.
The film will also feature Marvel’s first LGBTQ superhero, Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson, who previously played the role in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame. According to Thompson, Valkyrie has big plans in the upcoming film.
“As new king [of Asgard], she needs to find her queen. That will be the first order of business,” she told fans during the panel.
It was a big day for the women of Marvel, with Angelina Jolie confirming that she’d be starring in the upcoming Ethereal, alongside Richard Madden, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani.
“I’m so excited to be here! I think what it means to be a part of the MCU, what it means to be an Eternal, what it means to be in this family,” she told the crowd. “We’ve all read the script and we know what the task is and so we are going to work very, very hard.”
Then there was Scarlett Johansson, who announced she’d be reprising her role as the Black Widow in a standalone film based on the character. Johansson has previously starred in six Marvel films before nabbing her own. The upcoming movie will be female-led, directed by Cate Shortland and written by Jac Schaeffer.
“I feel like a weight has been lifted,” she told Variety after the announcement, though she admitted she still couldn’t divulge much about the film. “We do about seven pages of dialogue this week so maybe [Black Widow] is a little different than most Marvel movies. There’s lots of talking. I get to talk more. I could tell you that.”