Kevin Feige Explains Why ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Won’t Include Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster

By May 17, 2016

I think what was maybe the weakest thing about Thor: The Dark World, other than it’s seriously underwhelming villain and overall bland tone and style, was it’s almost unnecessary reliance on keeping the story and its characters tied to Earth in some way. In the first Thor, it was understandable, because the film was already a big enough gamble, they at least needed to tie the cosmic side of the story to something familiar.

However, after The Avengers, I feel like the reliance on keeping audiences and the heroes tied to Earth, especially the ones that weren’t human, seemed to actually weigh The Dark World down, and is something that Guardians of the Galaxy proved once and for all, wasn’t needed anymore. In fact, it may never have been.

There’s been a lot of comforting noise surrounding the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok as well, that makes it sound more and more like a purely, cosmic-based film that won’t be venturing away from Asgard and the space side of the universe all that much, as Thor and The Hulk venture forth on a space style roadtrip comedy, apparently.

This also means that Natalie Portman’s Jane won’t return either, something that became increasingly more clear when it was revealed that Tessa Thompson had been cast in the film as Thor’s main love interest, leading many to wonder what happened between the God of Thunder and her Jane Foster.

While speaking on the Empire Podcast as well, Marvel head Kevin Feige explained that Portman wouldn’t be reprising her role for “many reasons” before elaborating a little further:

“Many of which are in the film so you will see that. There are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie; 80 to 90 percent takes place in the cosmos.”

Stellan Skarsgard isn’t expected to return for the film either it seems, despite maintaining an even larger presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe than Jane Foster has, which sort of highlights one of the flaws in her relationship with Thor in the films. It’s never quite felt as strong as Pepper Potts and Tony’s or Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter. Part of this could be her exclusion from any of the MCU films outside of the Thor franchise, but part of it could also be her the odd relationship dynamic as a whole.

In addition to Thompson though (as a currently unknown character, though many believe she could be playing Valkyrie), the film won’t be lacking on strong female actresses by any means with the return of Jamie Alexander’s Lady Sif, and Cate Blanchett’s lead female villain, who is also unknown for the time being. As much as I like and admire Portman as an actress as well, I’ve never been a big fan of Jane Foster’s character, and I’m hoping from the sounds of it, that Thor: Ragnarok is going to be the kind of space-heavy, weird film that I’ve always wanted the franchise to be. Rather than feeling like occasional, coincidental visits to Earth.

Thor: Ragnarok is set to hit theatres on November 3rd, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable