Marvel Explains Why 'Thor: Ragnarok' Will Not Include Jane Foster

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 - 7:59PM
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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 - 7:59PM
Marvel Explains Why 'Thor: Ragnarok' Will Not Include Jane Foster
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Natalie Portman, who appeared as Jane Foster in both Thor and Thor: The Dark World, already announced last year that she likely wasn't returning for the third film in Marvel's Norse superhero franchise. And she was also recently absent from the movie's first press photos.

Now, Marvel Studios finally gave some more confirmation that Jane Foster indeed won't be appearing in Thor: Ragnarok this November. As for why (mild spoilers ahead), the answer simply seems to be that Foster and Thor broke up, as Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige tells EW. Chris Hemsworth followed up by saying Thor will be a very single "solo cowboy" drifting around the universe on his own when Ragnarok's story begins.

And from the sound of it, Thor could possibly end up with new character Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), an Asgardian ex-pat living on the brutal world of Sakaar. Here's the full statement from Feige, who also delves into Valkyrie's character some more:
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"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."
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While a breakup would be the narrative reason, another factor could be that Portman is an A-list actress who just earned her third Oscar nomination for Jackie, so being relegated to a simple love interest role may not interest her much anymore. Unless Marvel Studios plans to go the route of the current Mighty Thor comics and give Jane Foster the hammer, there's not much incentive for Portman to want to come back.

But just as tragically, if not more so, the loss of Jane Foster may also mean the loss of her research team: the assistant Darcy (Kat Dennings) as well as Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard). In fact, besides Loki and Bruce Banner, it seems like Thor's supporting cast is going to be mostly new faces unless the Warriors Three return.

 
Thor: Ragnarok comes out on November 3, 2017.
 
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