Thor: Love and Thunder has been delayed (along with every other MCU project) until spring 2020. The good news, though, is that it continues to look like the most interesting upcoming Marvel movie on the slate, with director Taika Waititi building on the excellent Ragnarok and continuing Thor’s arc after he gave the throne of Asgard to Valkyrie. But the main attraction has to be Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster wielding Mjolnir.
The plot of the film is set to be a loose adaptation of the Lady Thor arc, which saw Thor unable to lift Mjolnir and being replaced by a mysterious female version. This turns out to be Jane, and after witnessing her in action, an initially skeptical Thor concedes that she’s worthy and adopts the new name of Odinson, leaving her to carry on the superheroics.
But there’s a tragic twist in the tale. You see, in her human form, Jane is suffering from breast cancer and Mjolnir purges all toxins from her body every time she transforms, which makes her chemotherapy ineffective. It’s a real downer plot and most assumed that given Waititi’s generally upbeat tone, they’d skip it. Apparently not, though.
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In an interview with Yahoo, Portman was asked for some more details on the movie and said the following:
“I can’t tell you that much. I’m really excited. I’m starting to train, to get muscles. If there can be all these female superheroes, the more of them they are, the better it is. I’m trying to think — it’s based on the graphic novel of the Mighty Thor. She’s going through cancer treatment and is a superhero on the side.”
So, that’s as good a confirmation as any that they’re sticking fairly close to the comics. And if they do that and follow through with the ending, then Thor: Love and Thunder could beat out Avengers: Endgame as the biggest MCU tearjerker yet.
Tell us, though, do you want to see Marvel adapt this arc for the upcoming sequel? Let us know by dropping a comment down below.