Fans were treated to their first glimpse of Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor when the teaser trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder dropped on Monday, 18 April.
And while Portman’s Jane Foster only popped up on screen for a split second, she looked notably ripped while wielding the God of Thunder’s hammer.
Portman has spoken about her intense training regime for the Taika Waititi-directed blockbuster, even admitting she struggled with the gnarly workouts required of her in the wake of the pandemic.
During a virtual appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in 2020, Portman was asked by Fallon about her gym schedule.
Fallon said: "I don't know if people understand the training that goes into these movies. Are you doing these crazy workouts and stuff?"
Unable to keep a straight face, Portman – who was filming the movie in Australia at the time – replied: "I’m trying!"
She added: "I’ve had like months of pandemic, eating baked goods and laying in bed and feeling sorry for myself. I’m, like, super tired after working out. And during. And dreading before.”
In a recent YouTube video about Portman’s all-guns-blazing Thor routine, Looper pointed to a quote by CrossFit coach Maddy Black, who spoke to Ahlan Live about the Oscar-winning actress’ training regime.
Black said: “Natalie will be carrying out lots of compound weight-lifting movements such as squatting, pressing and pulling.
“In order to remain lean for the role, she’ll be implementing some high-intensity interval training into her weekly routine.”
Elsewhere, Portman has previously revealed she is a fan of running, comparing an hour-long jog to ‘meditation’.
She told Women’s Health in 2019: “I run maybe three times a week. When I’m running for a full hour it feels a little like meditation to me.”
A teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder lit up the internet this week and offered a 90-second glimpse into what we can expect when we return to Asgard this summer.
Portman is returning to the franchise for the first time since 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. New film Love and Thunder is a direct sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and will adapt elements from Jason Aaron's run on the Mighty Thor comic book, which saw Jane take on Thor’s powers.
Waititi said in a recent interview that Love and Thunder makes Ragnarok seem like ‘a really run of the mill, very safe film'.
Thor: Love and Thunder will hit cinemas on 8 July, 2022
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