Natalie Portman is the first female Thor, and Marvel Phase 4 is confirmed to feature a major lesbian love story. This news certainly created a massive splash at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 20.

On the highly anticipated event, the studio unveiled a range of movies and new cast for the upcoming Phase 4. What was surprising, however, was when Natalie Portman herself walked onstage during the “Thor Love And Thunder” segment.

If this was not surprising enough, fans were shocked when director Taiki Waitit knelt before Portman on stage. The director, who transformed Thor Ragnarok through his creative juices, was not merely showing respect to the actress in an exaggerated way. Also, he handed the Oscar-winning actress a hammer — the actual Mjolnir.

This gesture meant that the actress will not only be returning to the franchise but also take on the titular role. She’s going to be the Female Thor from the Mighty Thor storyline. The actress sheepishly received the hammer, looking as if she was amused by the gesture but relieved that the cat’s out in the bag at the same time.

Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman at Comic-Con. Romain Brami/Flickr

While this was already a shocker, there was still one more surprise for the fans. Instead of a massive gesture, just like what Portman received, this news came in the form of a casual comment thrown in out of the blue by Tessa Thompson.

It can be remembered that “Avengers: Endgame” ended with Thor giving Valkyrie the position to rule New Asgard, essentially becoming its king. Notably, as the new king of Asgard, Valkyrie can be expected to be making huge plans.

Thompson revealed the first among these big plans by the new king. “As new king (of Asgard), she needs to find her queen,” Thompson shared. “That will be the first order of business.”

Though she didn’t have to say it directly, fans get that she will be Marvel’s first LGBTQ superhero, and the first explicit gay romance of this universe will finally happen.

Since Thompson is openly bisexual, the news is even more significant. In an interview with i09, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige clarified that this is not a sort of gimmick but a level of representation that can be seriously seen throughout its movies.

“The answer is yes,” Feige told i09 when asked about Valkyrie having an LGBTQ storyline. “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4,” he said.

Tessa Thompson
Tessa Thompson speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Thor: Ragnarok", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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