The Marvel panel at Comic-Con on Saturday was full of girl power. “Thor 4” director Taika Waititi announced that Natalie Portman would be returning as female Thor. Scarlett Johansson was also on hand to talk about her standalone “Black Widow” film.
Portman was in the first two “Thor” films as Jane Foster.
Joining Waititi on the panel was Chris Hemsworth, Portman and Tessa Thompson who played Valkyrie. Valkyrie will be “re-investing in her people” and rebuilding Asgard said Thompson as she spoke about the upcoming “Thor” film. “The love I feel for him is thunder,” she added.
Waititi spoke of the storyline by Jason Aron. “That storyline is incredible is full emotion, love and thunder and introduces for the first time female Thor,” said Waititi. Adding that Thompson and Hemsworth have not seen the script at this point.
When questioned what happened to Thor at the end of “Endgame”, Hemsworth joked, “He’s heading to the 7-11 for a little Netflix subscription and at this point he might be on the couch, who knows.”
Johansson, along with “Black Widow” director Cate Shortland and fellow cast members Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, Florence Pugh and O.T. Fagbenie also took the stage where they spoke about learning of Widow’s past in the upcoming film.
“That’s what drew me to the story – she has so many secrets,” said Shortland. “We get to understand her past and she gets to put those pieces together and become a whole person.”
“I don’t think I could have played this iteration of Natasha 10 years ago,” Johansson added. “I get to play her as a fully realized woman in all of her many facets. I am excited for fans to see the flawed side of her. I’m looking to wipe out that red in my ledger.”
Harbour was asked “if he is excited to expand his fanbase in the Marvel Universe.”
“Who writes these questions,” the “Stranger Things” alum asked. “That is the dumbest question…HELL YES.”
Marvel also revealed the first footage of the film, which is sadly not online, showing Johansson in a fight scene in Budapest.
Other announcements included a “Hawkeye” original series starting Jeremy Renner and Kate Bishop on Disney+ coming Fall 2021.
“Black Widow” comes to theatres on May 1, 2020 and “Thor 4” Nov. 5, 2021.