Ever since the first Thor film hit theaters, Natalie Portman's character, Jane Foster, seemed like a bit of a weak link. There was nothing wrong with Portman, per se, but the writers seemed to have a hard time giving her something meaningful to do. The problem only got worse with the sequel Thor: The Dark World, where the writers managed to accomplish a difficult task: have the film center around Portman's character, while at the same time, somehow giving her less to do. As a result, compared to the rest of the cast, Portman didn't really seem like she had her heart in it.
Rumors of her moving on from the franchise were bolstered all the more when it was confirmed that Jane would not be showing up in Thor: Ragnarok. More and more it seemed like Thor's intergalactic destinations were making Jane an increasingly-unnecessary character. Now, we can add another bit of news in favor of Jane never coming back -- this time from actress Natalie Portman herself.
In a recent interview on WSJ Café, Portman said the following when asked if she'd be doing more Marvel films:
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, but it was a great thing to be a part of.
While this certainly would seem to close the book on the whole affair, it's important to note that it's usually unwise to take an actor's word for their involvement on a project. In big blockbuster franchises like this, anyone could come back at any time for any amount of time, and more often than not, the actors are the last ones to know about it. That being said, you can at the very least take this to mean that Jane Foster will likely not return in the foreseeable future.
While I very much enjoyed Jane in the first Thor, even I have to admit that the romantic angle seemed a bit forced and unnatural. More than anything it felt like the "obligatory" love interest subplot, and that angle only diminished Jane's importance as a character. As the story went on the sequel, it seemed more and more clear that Marvel didn't really know what to do with her. So for now, the loss of Jane is no huge loss in the grand scheme of the MCU, but should Thor return to Earth, I very much expect at least a mention or brief appearance of her. Between Jane and Kat Dennings' Darcy, there was a great deal of grounding they provided that helped keep Thor from being a ridiculous mess.
What do you think of Portman potentially being done with the Marvel films? Let us know in the comments down below!
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.
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