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  • Thor is the only MCU character to have 4 stand-alone films.
  • The title design was inspired by the "sword and sorcery" subgenre, which was especially popular in the 1980's.
  • In the comics, Dr. Jane Foster received her chemotherapeutic treatments at the Maria Wheelock Cancer Center in the McCarthy Medical Institute on 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. In a November 2015 interview, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso stated, "By the way, over the summer a reader [Autumn Wheelock] contacted Russell to express her excitement about the revelation that Jane is Thor, saying that Jane's courage reminded her of her late mother's own battle with cancer. So, with the blessing of that reader and her family [Tanya Wheelock and Scott Wheelock], we named the cancer center that Jane is receiving treatment at in "The Mighty Thor" #1 [by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman] after the reader's mother, Maria Wheelock. It's a small way of not only honoring Maria, but also acknowledging all the other real people out there who are battling or have battled this illness."
  • The first Thor movie directed by the same director: Taika Waititi.
  • The film was first announced on July 16, 2019, and the title was announced 4 days later on July 20, 2019, at the San Diego Comic Con.
  • Natalie Portman's returned to the Thor films after appearance in Thor: The Dark World (2013) but didn't appear in Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
  • Valkyrie, who's now the new Queen of New Asgard in Avengers: Endgame (2019), will be Marvel Comics' first openly LGBT superhero[ine].
  • This will be the first Thor film to be in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Jane Foster in the comics is blonde and 5'7" tall, but Natalie Portman is a brunette and shorter at only 5'3". In fact, in the first two films, Portman had to stand on crates and ramps to kiss Hemsworth, who is a full foot taller. After it was announced that Foster would become Thor in this film like in the comics, some fans expressed concern the shorter Portman may not be that impressive in the role.
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) marks Natalie Portman's official return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Jane Foster. After her experiences working on Thor: The Dark World (2013), Portman had decided to retire from doing any more MCU films. But when it was revealed she had a voice cameo in Avengers: Endgame (2019), this suggested Portman was game for another Thor movie. This was officially confirmed at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con when Portman walked on stage and director Taika Waititi handed her a Mjølnir prop, also confirming that Jane would become The Mighty Thor in this film.
  • It's the twenty-ninth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • To be released eleven years after Thor (2011).
  • Taika Waititi has stated that he may not use the Jane Foster cancer storyline.
  • The cast features three Oscar winners: Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Taika Waititi
  • Christian Bale is the second Batman actor to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Michael Keaton (Adrian Toomes/the Vulture).
  • Natalie Portman previously was in Annihilation (2018) with Tessa Thompson. Portman also was in Knight of Cups (2015) with Christian Bale.


  • This is the first MCU film to adapt the female version of Thor which is the transformed state of Jane Foster when given the power of Thor. This concept was introduced in Thor Vol. 4 #1 (October 2014) following the original Thor losing the ability to wield Mjolnir, though Jane's identity as the new Thor was kept secret until the end of that series in Issue 8 (May 2015).
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