Taiki Waititi directing 'Thor: Love and Thunder', says Natalie Portman will play female Thor

Waititi told fans at Marvel's panel talk at Comic-Con San Diego this weekend that Natalie Portman is not only back for the fourth instalment, but that she'll play female Thor. 

The Kiwi writer, actor and director reportedly said the film "introduces a female Thor for the first time," before bringing Portman out on stage, holding Mjolnir, Thor's hammer-like weapon.

The film will be titled Thor: Love and Thunder, and is scheduled for release in November 2021.

Thor: God of the Box Office

The figure gives the third Thor movie the 29th highest second weekend of all time and the fifth best of 2017. It also took in nearly the combined total of the two new titles - Paramount's family comedy Daddy's Home 2, with US$30m from 3,575 sites and Fox's mystery Murder on the Orient Express with US$28.2m at 3,341 venues.