I felt like a ‘new misfit’ on ‘Thor 4’

The last time fans saw Natalie Portman on screen in a Marvel flick was in 2013 when she starred in Thor: The Dark World.

The Oscar winner, 41, is back in action in the fourth installment in the franchise, Thor: Love and Thunder, out July 8.

However, it wasn’t the easiest task for the Black Swan star, who spoke to Vogue Australia about how difficult it was to return to set after a decade.

While returning to the Marvel world was “amazing” and “surreal,” Portman noted that she felt like she had to “figure out how to fit in again.”

“It’s so weird when something looks very familiar but you’re also kind of new,” said the ‘Black Swan’ star.

Her co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson and director Taika Waititi previously collaborated on the third film Thor: Ragnarok in 2017.

Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth in a scene from "Thor: Love and Thunder."
Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth in a scene from Thor: Love and Thunder.
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Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Natalie Portman as scientist Jane Foster in Thor: The Dark World (2013).

“Because Chris and Tessa and Taika had worked together on ‘Ragnarok’, and so successfully at it, and it was like they all reunited, and I was this newbie in there trying to figure out how I could fit in.” she explained.

The Israeli-born filmmaker continued, “But they’re just the nicest people, plus I know Chris and Tessa so well from previous work together, and I’ve done ‘Thor’ movies twice before.”

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The fourth installment in Marvel’s Thor franchise launches Friday, July 8th.
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Portman appeared in both Thor and Thor: The Dark World. She also collaborated with Thompson, 38, on the 2018 drama Annihilation.

“So there was also a lot of familiarity and comfort in that world, but it was this weird mix of being the veteran and the newcomer at the same time,” she said. “I was there from the start. But at the same time you are the outsider of this group.”

Thor: Love and Thunder sees Portman wielding the magical hammer Mjolnir and becoming the superhero Mighty Thor.

She revealed to Variety last month that she was pent up for portraying the female heroine. The “Jackie” actress toned her shoulders and arms and gained more muscle.

“On ‘Black Swan,’ I was asked to go as small as possible,” she told the publication. “Here I was asked to grow as tall as possible. That is a great challenge – and also a great attitude as a woman.”

Portman added, “To have that reaction and be considered big, you’re like, ‘Oh, it must be so different, going through the world like that.'”

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Emma Bowman

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