Natalie Portaman is currently in Australia, busy prepping up for her next film– Thor: Love and Thunder. It will be the fourth film in the MCU that will be focused on the exploits of the mighty Asgardian with Mighty Thor, which means Portman will be sharing a bulk of the spotlight. The actress is busy putting on muscles for her character but her return as Jane Foster to the Thor universe is coming with a rather tragic arc.
Why Natalie Portman stopped appearing in Thor films?
Portman appeared as Jane Foster, Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) love interest in Thor: The Dark World, after which the character has only been mentioned by name and has been given a story that she broke up with the God of Thunder. The real reason she left the Thor franchise was because of the change in directors. The decision to remove Portman from Thor: Ragnarok was made even before the film went into production.
The catalyst was the firing of Patty Jenkins— it was originally her at the help of the second Thor film. But due to creative differences, she was fired and Alan Taylor was brought on board. It was after her firing that it was revealed that Portman had agreed to be in Ragnarok due to Jenkins and her removal didn’t sit well with her.
But then she said yes to Thor: Love and Thunder
With Taika Waititi‘s creativity manoeuvring the fourth Thor film, we can expect a fresh take at the direction. Another reason for Portman’s involvement could be the fact that she is not a mere love-interest in the film, but will soon transform in the Mighty Thor herself and wielding Mjolnir!
But in the comics, Jane Foster becomes Mighty Thor when she is undergoing cancer treatment and Odinson is deemed unworthy of Mjolnir. She picks up his hammer and is instantly cured as the powers previously wielded by Thor are now hers. But Marvel Studios has never exactly adapted the comics and made a number of changes to ensure that while the story remains the same, it’s arc fits their MO. With the struggles and personal demons Thor faced in Avengers: Endgame, it is highly unlikely that he’ll be rendered unworthy but the rest about how Jane gains her powers remains intact.
“I can’t tell you that much. I’m really excited. I’m starting to train, to get muscles. If there can be all these female superheroes, the more of them they are, the better it is,” Natalie Portman shared with Fatherly. “I’m trying to think — it’s based on the graphic novel of the Mighty Thor. She’s going through cancer treatment and is a superhero on the side.”