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Why Natalie Portman is Worthier Than Thor Odinson for the Power of Mjölnir

At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con Marvel panel, Natalie Portman’s return as Jane Foster was first revealed. Love and Thunder, the fourth movie worthy of the title of Thor, is not only bringing back Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and director Taika Waititi, but also Natalie Portman. And this time, she’ll be wielding the title and hammer of the Mighty Thor.

Natalie Portman is Worthier Than Thor Odinson for the Power of Mjölnir
Thor: Love and Thunder

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The official trailer for the next MCU movie Thor: Love and Thunder have a stunning moment of humor in which Mjölnir comes to Jane Foster rather than Thor. Fans are left wondering what makes Jane Foster deserving of Mjölnir, given that she is an Earth-based scientist who spends her time fiddling with lab equipment as she waits for Thor to show up and take his position as the Mighty Thor.

What makes Natalie Portman worthy of the Power of Mjölnir

The quick emergence of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster in the MCU was even more fascinating because of MCU’s stricter criteria used to determine who would be deserving of Mjölnir. Director of Thor: Love and Thunder Taika Waititi confirmed that Jane Foster was not going to take Thor’s place. Since Jane has always been a supporting character in Thor’s plot, it was more of interesting exploration of Portman’s persona.

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Jane Foster in the hospital.
Jane Foster, in the hospital.

In the comics, Jane Foster’s cancer was discovered when Mjölnir began calling to her after being abandoned by Thor when he became unworthy of it. Jane consistently opted to raise the hammer and perform the duties of the Mighty Thor, proving that she was worthy of the hammer even knowing the change would intensify her cancer and perhaps result in her death.

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Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
Jane Foster, Thor Love And Thunder

Additionally, it appeared from the official trailer that Jane has been Thor for a while now. Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, recently claimed that Thor: Love and Thunder would pick up after Thor’s adventure with the Guardians of the Galaxy while he was pondering retirement and would take place in an early post-Endgame scenario. It makes perfect sense for Mjölnir to look for someone who has more insight than Thor and, thus, possesses the strength of the Mighty Thor.

Thor: Love and Thunder is set to hit theatres on July 8, 2022. 

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