• Natalie Portman is set to take over from Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (Getty Images North America)
"Tessa Thompson, Brie Larson and Natalie Portman making sexist men cry."
Samuel Leighton-Dore

22 Jul 2019 - 10:59 AM  UPDATED 22 Jul 2019 - 10:59 AM

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are sharing their excitement at the news that Natalie Portman would be reprising her role as Jane Foster and, following in the original comic book's footsteps, taking on the power of Thor's hammer in Thor: Love and Thunder.

The announcement was made alongside director Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson - who will co-star as Valkyrie, likely MCU's first openly LGBTIQ+ superhero - during Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con panel.

Sharing the news on Instagram, Portman wrote: "So thrilled to share the news with you today at #sdcc2019 that I’ll be returning to the @marvel #mcu as female Thor with legends @taikawaititi @tessamaethompson and @chrishemsworth. (Remember this as the before picture for when I get jacked)."

Having commented in 2016 that she was "done" with Marvel, the unexpected move was celebrated by die-hard fans on social media.

While Marvel is keeping most of the movie's details under wraps, in the comic books Portman's character of Jane Foster becomes Thor after the original Thor (Chris Hemsworth in the movies) is deemed unworthy to wield his hammer, known as the Mjolnir.

The highly anticipated film is set for release in 2021.

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