We all love Chris Hemsworth as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but to date, his solo adventures have left a little something to be desired. That being said, Thor: Ragnarok is shaping up to be something very special, but one star from the previous franchise entries will not be returning. As was suspected, Natalie Portman has confirmed that she will indeed, not be in Thor 3.
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Portman gave official confirmation that she will not be reprising her role as Jane Foster in the upcoming Thor sequel. Portman appeared in both Thor and Thor: The Dark World as Jane Foster, who has been something of a love interest for the God of Thunder, but that all may be over. Portman added that she is pretty sure that she is done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe altogether. Here is what she had to say.
“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.”
Natalie Portman has seemingly had trepidations about getting involved with a major franchise ever since the Star Wars prequels wrapped up. In the years since, she has done a lot more independent movies and seemingly chooses her projects very carefully. The Thor movies being the one big exception to that. Currently, she has taken up directing, with her first feature, A Tale of Love and Darkness coming out soon. Rumors had been circulating for a while that Marvel Studios and Portman were maybe parting ways, and this all but confirms it.
Even though Jane Foster won’t be back for Thor: Ragnarok, the movie has added a ton of new, very promising cast members to help fill the gap. Cate Blanchett will be playing the primary villain as Hela, Jeff Goldblum will be playing the role of Grandmaster, Karl Urban is playing the villainous Skurge, and Creed star Tessa Thompson is playing Valkyrie. The addition of Thompson further indicates that Portman may really be done with the MCU, as she could easily take the place of the female lead in future Thor movies. Also, it would be pretty easy to make her a new love interest for Thor, as they were at one point romantically involved in the comics.
The last time Jane Foster was even mentioned in the MCU was in Avengers: Age of Ultron, when it was said she was up for a Nobel Prize. It wouldn’t be all that hard to explain her absence. In fact, given the plot of Thor: Ragnarok, her not being there may not have to be explained at all. Taika Waititi has taken over directing duties for Thor: Ragnarok, which is due out in theaters on November 3, 2017. You can check out the video clip of Natalie Portman’s interview with the Wall Street Journal below.