Natalie Portman Reveals Pressure of Working With Muscular Chris Hemsworth on Thor 4

By Pierre Chanliau Updated:
Jane Foster on left and Thor Odinson on right

Marvel Studios shocked fans when it was announced, at last year's Comic-Con, that Thor: Love and Thunder would see the return of Natalie Portman's Jane Foster and that she would transform into The Mighty Thor. Nearly everyone, including Portman, has said that the movie is “gonna be really silly, and funny, and great.” Whether this movie will see the rekindling of Thor and Jane's relationship is up in the air, but Taika Waititi has said that Thor: Love and Thunder will be “very romantic.”

As Portman will become The Mighty Thor and likely wield Odinson's old hammer, or a variation of it, Portman has been working out saying that “I’m starting to train, to get muscles.” However, it seems like Chris Pratt isn't the only one that has been intimidated by Chris Hemsworth's new workout regiment and muscles.


In an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live , Natalie Portman talks about her time in Australia, preparing for her role as Jane Foster in Thor: Love And Thunder. She mentions Chris Hemsworth’s almost absurdly large muscles that baffle and frighten both Kimmel and Portman as they friendly rib the God of Thunder, with Portman jokingly saying “Oh, Chris, we gotta get you some spray tan!”

But, Natalie Portman does express that “It's a lot of pressure. I'm gonna look like his little grandma next to him."


Natalie Portman is very clearly joking in the same manner that Chris Pratt was on Chris Hemsworth's Instagram post , but it could potentially point to Portman's Mighty Thor costume having sleeveless arms like the comics. So, it would make sense for Portman to have pressure put on herself to be even close to matching the muscles Hemsworth will have starring alongside her.

It'd be quite disappointing if they do alter Jane Fosters' costume from the comics by adding sleeves as a means of hiding Portman's lack of muscle definition. So, fans will see whether Marvel Studios will stick with the comics' costume design, either through leaked set photos, or Marvel Studios showing it off themselves. It would be great to see Portman show off her guns, even if they don't compare to Hemsworth.

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- About The Author: Pierre Chanliau
Pierre Chanliau began as a news & feature writer for The Direct at the site's launch in 2020. As a longtime reader of superhero comic books, Pierre's knowledge of Marvel and DC is extensive, informing his reporting and editorial pieces regarding the MCU and DCU.