Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, has shed a little bit of light on the not surprising lack of Jane Foster in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, via Entertainment Weekly. It has been no secret for months now that Natalie Portman will not be reprising her role in the Thor movies, after she, and now Feige, has put the subject to bed. Fans of the Thor-Foster coupling will just have to accept that their breakup happened off-screen, sometime between Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok.
The news was first hinted at when Tessa Thompson was cast as ‘Valkyrie’, a character who is described as both a hero and Hemsworth’s love interest in the third instalment. Her casting coincided with Natalie Portman’s declaration that:
“As far as I know, I’m done.”
Now Kevin Feige has provided some clarity:
“We wanted Thor to encounter somebody that was near his equal and that his relationship with Jane may have evolved in unexpected ways in between The Dark World and Ragnarok and we wanted to pit him against a character who was much more his equal and in many ways his superior. Valkyrie is trying to not embrace any sort of Asgardian heritage that she has. Thor thinks maybe that will create a bond between them and, on the contrary, she wants to forget it all entirely.”
Marvel Studio’s Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and sees the return of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!
Thor: Ragnarok will muscle its way into theaters on November 3, 2017.
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