Female Thor from the comics

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is on the edge of a precipice at the moment. Each blockbuster inches closer Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, which will end Phase Three of the shared universe. Almost no Phase Four projects have been announced, and plenty of the MCU's actors are coming to the end of their contracts after the next two Avengers movies. As such, many fans are wondering if characters like Steve Rogers and Tony Stark could pass the mantle to new characters. But could the female Thor from the comics show up in the MCU? Here's what Marvel Studios president Kevin Fiege said of the possibility:

We always look back to the comics to get those idea... sometimes very specific storylines like 'Civil War,' sometimes just nuggets or characters like 'Planet Hulk.' So anything that's happened in the comics, even a female Thor, become great potentials and the ideas from which future movies can be born.

If his comments to Movies.com are to be believed, it looks like Kevin Feige hasn't ruled out the possibility of introducing a female Thor to the MCU. Her recent introduction in the comics makes it fair game, so Marvel Studios may end up considering it in the future. In particular, if actor Chris Hemsworth ends up hanging his cape up for good.

A female Thor in the MCU would also likely require actress Natalie Portman to the Thor franchise. Because in the comics, it turned out that the female Thor was none other than Jane Foster, who was also battling breast cancer. While weak and frail in human form, she could transform into the mighty Thor. Jane Foster's love story with Thor was a major plot point in the first two Thor movies, although Jane will be absent when Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok arrives in theaters in a few weeks. So if Marvel plans on adapting the female Thor comic books, they may have to bring Portman back in.

It should be interesting to see how Thor: Ragnarok affects the future of both the character and the Thor franchise. Taika Waititi has crafted a much more colorful and comedic film than its predecessors, and Chris Hemsworth seems pleased as punch with the change of pace. This may inspire Hemsworth to renew his contract with Marvel Studios, making the need for a replacement Thor unnecessary. Ragnarok is already being hailed as one of the strongest and most hilarious installments in the entire Cinematic Universe, so Hemsworth may want a few more years to play with his signature character.

You can catch Chris Hemsworth's Thor in Ragnarok starting on November 2nd, 2017, and then again in Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

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