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Movie studios can try as hard as they like to prevent spoilers from leaking out ahead of time, but it’s usually the companies responsible for the tie-in merchandise that end up giving the game away.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no stranger to this, after Sam Wilson’s full Captain America regalia was seen on everything from sweatshirts to socks before The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had aired, and now we’ve gotten what appears to be our first look at Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster suited up in Thor: Love and Thunder.
It’s a pretty comic-accurate costume if it ends up being reflective of what we’re going to see when Taika Waititi’s blockbuster hits theaters next May, and Portman will have had little trouble wielding Mjolnir during production given the set photos making the rounds that saw the Academy Award winner sporting a set of guns that even Chris Hemsworth would be proud of.
Naturally, MCU fans had plenty to say about the actress being revealed in all of her superheroic glory, and you can check out some of the reactions below.
— jay Johnz (@Johnz67490405) June 15, 2021
— Ty Dingess (@TyDingess) June 15, 2021
— DX-Tex (@DXTex) June 15, 2021
Wait what do you mean there's no more boob armor? You can still see both Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman's boobs on the shirt.
— Stitch King Dan (@danotaz46) June 15, 2021
— Marvel Comics 🎯 Geeks Nation (@MarvelCGeeks) June 15, 2021
Thor: Love And Thunder Crew Merch Reveals First Look At Natalie Portman's Thor
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Idc what people think Natalie Portman as the new "Thor" will be awesome. We will still have Chris Hemsworth after all🤷
— Tobias (@Tobey_Stank) June 15, 2021
Jane Foster / Natalie Portman as THOR 💪✨ she’s gonna kill it!! pic.twitter.com/NuNg8mZw1c
— nategreyx (@nategreyxx) June 15, 2021
if natalie portman's buff set photos are any indicator, thor love and thunder is gonna be fantastic
— Aden (@PlagueDocKing) June 15, 2021
Natalie Portman's Thor look seems to be closely reminiscent of Jane Foster's costume in "Mighty Thor" comics. https://t.co/EKYT0SjMQq
— Brandon Pope TV (@BpopeTV) June 15, 2021
i’m really surprised that there was literally no set photos of Natalie Portman in her Thor armour, i’m glad though cause it means when we get our first actual look at her in the armour it will be a high quality official image
— Luke (@qLxke_) June 15, 2021
Natalie Portman: nah I’m done with comic book movies
Marvel: but you’ll be Thor
NP: when do we begin filming?
— Mike (@Ballzgotw8) June 15, 2021
Of course, it’s no guarantee that this is the final design for Thor: Love and Thunder, but looking at the history of merch leaks it’s pretty safe to assume that it isn’t going to be too far off, either. The triumvirate being rounded out by Valkyrie is another interesting aspect, which could hint that Tessa Thompson will be bumped up to third billing behind Hemsworth and Portman, which would also make sense within the context of the story given that she’s the current ruler of Asgard that’s actively seeking a queen to help her oversee the kingdom.