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Natalie Portman’s biceps are the breakout stars of the first ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ trailer: ‘She’s worthy’

Forget V for Vendetta— it’s M for Mjølnir for returning Marvel Cinematic Universe player Natalie Portman. After vacating the MCU in the wake of 2013’s widely-disliked Thor: The Dark World, the Black Swan Oscar winner is back for more cosmic shenanigans in Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika Waititi’s sequel to 2017’s course-correcting hit, Thor: Ragnarok. And the first teaser trailer for the film confirms that Portman’s alter ego, Jane Foster, is getting a major equipment upgrade. (Watch the trailer above.)

That’s right, as originally teased at Marvel’s star-studded Phase 4 panel at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, Jane is now wielding the Mighty Thor’s mighty hammer, which has apparently been resurrected from its Hela-induced death. Decked out in the finest Asgardian warrior wear, she looks every inch the superhero that her now-aimless ex (Chris Hemsworth) usedto be. She showed up just in time, too, as Thor has to confront Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), a major league threat he seems very unprepared to fight.

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Speaking of fighting shape, Marvel fans on Twitter immediately noticed that Portman did some serious bulking up prior to lifting Mjølnir, and got Hemsworth-level muscles in the process. The actress previewed her workout regimen during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in 2020. “[Chris Hemsworth] would eat like a baby animal every half-hour or something to keep protein going,” said Portman, who famously sticks to a vegan diet. “I’m going to have to figure out the non-animal equivalent of pounding protein.”

“I’m in so much pain,” she continued, laughing. “I’m an almost 40-year-old mother of two. It is a different scenario trying to get jacked! … [My biceps] aren’t happening. I’m like, ‘When do they come in?'” Based on her appearance in the trailer, Portman absolutely crushed those workouts … just like she’ll crush being the new Thor.


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