One of the more interesting and simultaneously confusing announcements to come from the casting choices of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok was the reveal that Tessa Thompson would be playing Valkyrie in the film, a strong female character from the comics who was also listed as being Thor’s love interest in the movie. Usually, this wouldn’t have been all that strange, if not for the fact that all of the previous MCU films involving Thor had set up Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster as being the God of Thunder’s love interest.
Considering how much Thor and Jane’s relationship had been pushed to the side over the past several MCU installments, and her subliminary level of importance in the universe as it was though, it almost seemed like her exclusion from the next film felt a long time coming at the same time.
During a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal as well, Portman talked about her future in the MCU as Jane and it doesn’t look like there is one really, as of right now anyways:
“As far as I know, I’m done. I don’t know if, maybe, one day they’ll ask for an Avengers 7 or whatever. I have no idea! But as far as I know I’m done.”
After Ragnarok, Thor’s place in the MCU is unknown and while he’s expected to appear in both of the final Phase Three Avengers films, it’s hard to know how many of the other supporting characters from the Thor franchise will be appearing along with him, so it sounds like while Portman could return, it’s not looking all that likely right now.
Jane along with a number of the human characters in the previous two films had often been their weakest points though, to be completely honest, usually took away and distracted from the more interesting and enthralling, Shakespearean-esque story and characters populating the cosmic side of Thor’s life. Described as being an intergalactic road trip comedy between Thor and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner though, it’s clear that Ragnarok is going to be much less concerned with Earth than the previous two films were, and judging by the concept art shown at SDCC and the film’s cast as well, I’d say that’s probably going to be for the better too.
Thor: Ragnarok is set to hit theatres on November 3rd, 2017.
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