After the thrilling and colourful Thor: Ragnarok, fans of the fictional Norse God have been eagerly anticipating what director Taika Waititi has in store for his next Marvel outing, Thor: Love and Thunder. We’ve already learned a few tantalizing details about the film.
Here’s What Waititi Said
According to Waititi himself, it will have plenty of insanity with a heaping spoonful of romance. It will also see the return of Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, who will be taking on the mantle of Thor herself in the new Thor instalment.
That news, in particular, set off a wave of fan speculation about whether the movie would be incorporating the plot of the comic series Mighty Thor written by Jason Aaron, pencilled by Russell Dauterman, and coloured by Matthew Wilson. Now, thanks to an interview Portman gave to Yahoo, we have some confirmation that those comics will indeed be used as the basis for Thor: Love and Thunder.
Waititi when asked for details
When asked for details about the upcoming movie, Portman revealed, “[I]t’s based on the graphic novel of the Mighty Thor.” She also confirmed that an important — and heartbreaking — plotline from that comic series will be incorporated into Thor: Love and Thunder.
What Thor tells us about Thor: Love and Thunder
We’ve known that Jane Foster would be taking over the duties of the God(ess) of Thunder in the fourth Thor movie since the announcement was made at a panel for the upcoming film during 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con. But Portman’s admission that the movie will pull from the comic series Mighty Thor also gives us some more details about exactly what to expect once she picks up Mjolnir.
Thor and Jane in Comic Books
In that comic run, Jane is battling breast cancer when she answers the call after the former God of Thunder (played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Chris Hemsworth) is forced to abdicate his position. (Don’t worry, he’s probably not going anywhere permanently.) Jane takes to her new godly duties with aplomb, but they take a major toll on her body.
There’s a conflict between Thor’s Hammer and her chemo
The power of Thor’s hammer conflicts with her chemo treatments. This means that the longer she fights the forces of darkness, the more she puts herself at risk for succumbing to cancer.
Natalie Portman confirmed Mighty Thor as an influence for Thor: Love and Thunder, Portman also alluded to Jane’s cancer storyline being a part of the film. In the interview, she shared,”[Jane’s] going through cancer treatment and is a superhero on the side.”
There’s still a lot to learn about the film, but one thing is for sure, Thor: Love and Thunder are shaping up to be a wild and emotional ride. It’s currently set for release on February 11, 2022.