Natalie Portman on playing first female Thor: Excited to wield the hammer

Oscar-winner Natalie Portman who is all set to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 'Thor: Love and Thunder' said that she is very excited to "wield the hammer".

According to a report, Portman said, "I'm very excited to wield the hammer." "They came to me with the idea and said, 'We have this idea for you that was a storyline in some of the comics where Jane becomes Lady Thor,' and I was like, 'This is very exciting!'" she added.

She went on to explain her absence from the 2017 film 'Thor: Ragnarok' saying, "Obviously, I wasn't written into because of where it took place. It wasn't really on Earth, and my character is on Earth."

The news that Portman will be the first female Thor was announced at this year's Comic-Con at San Diego. The actor even appeared on stage alongside Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. The 'Black Swan' actor described her fellow actors "so exciting to work with."

"I love Tessa and Chris so much," she added. While Portman has starred in previous Thor films as the titular character's love interest Jane Foster, this is her first stint as Thor!

"Her super new role in the fourth Thor film is based on Jason Aaron's comic book run that saw Jane Foster ultimately become the Mighty Lady Thor when Thor Odinson finds himself unworthy of picking up Mjolnir for the first time in the rebooted Thor #1".

Along with Portman, the upcoming film will also star Thompson as Valkyrie, one of Marvel's first queer superheroes, along with Hemsworth. It's slated to hit the theatres in November 2021.