Natalie Portman Enjoyed the Challenge of Getting Buff for Thor: Love and Thunder

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How would Chris Hemsworth characterize his fourth solo performance as the powerful Norse god of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thor: Love and Thunder? It’s “a crazy, never-before-seen romantic comedy set in space.”

“I have enjoyed portraying this character every time for the past 11 years. At the movie’s world premiere in Hollywood on Thursday, Hemsworth stated, “It’s completely changed my life and helped launch my professional career. I’ve always done something wholly distinct.”

With this new one, we are reconstructing Thor and embarking on a crazy adventure. As stated in the title, he is on a journey of self-discovery, and love plays a significant role in that. This movie is all about love—romantic love, love for oneself, love for friends, and love for family.

The women of the Marvel world have been stealing the show more than ever before since approximately Phase 3 of the MCU. Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, was mostly portrayed as a starry-eyed love interest rather than an astrophysicist when she originally appeared in the 2011 film Thor. The development of these two star-crossed lovers was something Taika Waititi wanted to examine. Portman discussed the similarities between her own career and the roles she has played throughout the years, notably Jane, in an interview with Variety.

Thor: Love and Thunder
Thor: Love and Thunder © Disney+

The MCU has changed how women are portrayed in their films and series ever since Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) entered Earth’s atmosphere in 2019. Natasha Romanoff outperformed her previous catsuit, Tatiana Maslany’s She-Hulk is coming to Disney+, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff displayed unmatched chaotic powers, and now Jane Foster is using Mjolnir as Mighty Thor, or Goddess of Thunder if you prefer. Over the course of 10 months, Portman underwent rigorous training in order to develop the ideal comic-book figure needed for a goddess.

Fans who were thrilled to see such physical toughness in women praised dutifully pointed out the added heft in the trailers and promotional images. Portman was impacted mentally and physically by the upheaval. “This must be so unusual, to go across the world like this,” she stated in reference to her increased height. I frequently feel young or small when you’re small… And because of it, I too conduct myself in that way.

Portman said:

“On ‘Black Swan,’ I was asked to get as small as possible. Here, I was asked to get as big as possible. That’s an amazing challenge — and also state of mind as a woman.”

Being the Goddess of Thunder has some drawbacks in the comics from which Jane’s Mighty Thor is derived. On the other hand, Jane’s human body is coping with the breast cancer’s much darker side. Since Waititi originally revealed Portman’s return to the MCU at the 2019 Comic-Con, it has been uncertain if this will be in Love and Thunder. The inclusion of Jane’s more personal struggle hasn’t been confirmed or denied, although Portman did add that her part “could offer you a different perspective on your human life.”

Portman wasn’t “the only female around” on the Love and Thunder set, unlike Ms. Marvel, the mighty women of Wakanda, and the great battle at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame. It’s great to feel the consciousness of it, Portman stated as Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and Jaimie Alexander’s Sif stood by her side. The movie doesn’t have need to feature the girl. There are many various types of women, each with their own personalities and desires.

Waititi has given the youthful god a good storyline since Thor: Ragnarok, taking into account where Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) character began, as a conceited and ignorant son of the All-Father, and how he’s matured since joining a team with the Avengers. Around that time, the God of Thunder really started to evolve, but Waititi and Portman didn’t collaborate on the threequel. Despite being left out of Ragnarok, Portman hasn’t physically filmed a Marvel picture since her debut in Thor: The Dark World in 2013. However, Waititi has been preparing for Jane’s comeback for a while.

Waititi has similar plans for the character of Thor because, in his own words, “That character feels like just a love interest.” It’s a woman from Earth who is mortal and basically unimportant throughout. The Mighty Thor is thus born!

On July 8, Thor: Love and Thunder makes its theatrical debut. The most recent trailer is available to view below.