Hear me out, hear me out. I don’t have a problem with a female Thor for those reasons. I’ve had this issue for years but with the recent news at San Diego Comic Con it’s time to finally address it. Marvel Studios announced their Phase 4 plans and I’m very very excited. Marhershala Ali as Blade? Yes. The Eternals coming to the big screen? Yes yes yes. A Black Widow film with David Harbour involved? Perfect. And whilst I am very excited to see Thor 4 (or Thor: Love and Thunder, which is a bit silly even by Waititi standards) one piece of news has left me apprehensive. Natalie Portman is set to return as Jane Foster and take on the role of Thor, just like her character in the comics. But here’s my problem- Thor. Is. A. Character. Not. A. Title.
Well this is unexpected news. As James Gunn’s sequel/reboot/spinoff of Suicide Squad called, um… The Suicide Squad (the “The” is very important) goes into production we’re hearing interesting things such as how literally everything barring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is being jettisoned. Ok, an interesting approach but given the tepid reaction to the film I don’t blame Warner Brothers. Personally I liked Suicide Squad but oh boy was it flawed (glares at Jared Leto doing a weird Jack Nicholson impression and the absolute wrong villain) but still fun overall. Deadshot was played by Will Smith initially and whilst I personally didn’t mind him in the role it was more Will Smith than Deadshot. As Smith is busy making even worst career choices it appears WB are looking to not do the sensible option and remove Deadshot from the next film but recast him. Who are they considering? Idris Elba.