Oscar Winner Natalie Portman is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor. This time not as someone’s love interest but as the female god of thunder, Thor herself.

The announcement was made at the San Diego Comic Con on Saturday.

Portman will play Thor in the fourth film from the Chris Hemsworth series. The film is titled Thor: Love and Thunder and will be directed by Taika Waititi . Present at the event were also Natalie’s co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.

Portman was also handed a Hasbro version of Thor’s famous hammer to establish that she will play one of the most loved Marvel’s character and Avenger.

“I’ve always had hammer envy,” Portman admitted on stage. She appeared in the first two Thor movies in 2011 and 2013 as Jane Foster, the astrophysicist, but was absent from the third installment of the film, Thor: Ragnarok.

To those who are regular readers of Marvel’s Comics, the move will not come as a surprise. In 2014, the comics revealed that after becoming involved with Thor, she’s deemed worthy of Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, and adopts the title of Thor, the Goddess of Thunder.

The Thor team also announced a release date of the fourth installment: 5 November 2021.

Other big announcements at the Comic-Con included the lead of Shang-Chi, complete cast of The Eternals and Mahershala Ali as star cast in the new Blade movie.