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'Endgame' becomes highest-grossing film

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“Avengers: Endgame,” the concluding chapter in a Marvel superhero saga from Walt Disney Co., toppled James Cameron's “Avatar” to become the highest-grossing film of all time.

Disney rereleased the film with new footage in late June for a final push as “Endgame” closed in on the record. It has now taken in an estimated $2.790.2 billion in theaters worldwide as of Sunday, the company said, ahead of the $2,789.7 billion accumulated by “Avatar” a decade ago.

Portman takes up hammer as Thor

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige led a marathon presentation at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday night, announcing plans for the first two years of “Phase Four,” which will include Natalie Portman taking up the hammer as Thor, making Angelina Jolie an immortal for “The Eternals” and rebooting “Blade” with Mahershala Ali.

The stars assembled in the San Diego Convention Center as Feige ticked through the release calendar for 2020 and 2021 movie by movie, giving official cast lists, release dates, titles and logos for everything from “Black Widow,” the “Doctor Strange” sequel, “Thor 4” to “Shang-Chi” to “The Eternals.”

Portman, who played Jane in the first two Thor films, will be remerging as the female Thor. She ran out on stage to thunderous applause and accepted the hammer from a kneeling Taika Waititi.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will also be returning for the Waititi-directed “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which is set for release on Nov. 2, 2021.

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