– by Joseph Jammer Medina

There have been many characters who have gotten the short end of the stick. From villains like the Mandarin to sidekicks like War Machine, Marvel hasn’t always been able to give every character the shining moments they deserved. However, in terms of main characters, Jane Foster from the Thor films may be the most underserved of all of them.

I know I’m alone in liking her in the original Thor, and in its sequel, Thor: The Dark World, they somehow managed to make the whole movie about her…all while still giving her almost nothing to do. Many blame Natalie Portman — not all actors have been game with the MCU, and some assume that’s the case with her.

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With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Portman is sitting out this third entry, and with the Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie entering the picture, we wouldn’t have been surprised if they just wrote her out altogether. However, speaking with Screen Rant, actor Chris Hemsworth stated that they’d address their relationship in some way:

“We have some… some very respectable fun with how that relationship may have come to an end [laughs].”

Knowing director Taika Waititi’s improvisational style, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the fun involved was mostly improvved. However, given how poorly Jane was received by many fans, it may be one of the more enjoyable moments if they just sort of wave it off with a joke.

Of course, we can’t have a leading man without a lady. While Jane may be gone, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is now in the picture, but don’t expect her and Thor to have the same dynamic as Thor and Jane.

“It’s like Thor’s meeting his hero! And he’s absolutely smitten by her and because of her history, and being a Valkyrie and all of that. But she’s also this beautiful woman so he’s kind of caught off guard. And she can, you know, she could beat the s*** out of him if she wanted. So I think he hasn’t come up against that very often.

It certainly wasn’t the case with Jane. There was a whole different affection and love there. So that was another, you know, ‘How can we make that different from the previous one?’”

Well, if there’s one thing the new film “looks” compared to the others, it’s different. Between its bright color and broader humor, we don’t think folks will confuse this one with the other two.

Are you excited to see Thor’s new relationship begin to take hold in the next film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

  • Kronx

    The first Thor tried to be two different films, a fish out of water story and an epic Shakespearean drama. It tended more toward the latter and left the earth-side a bit underdeveloped.

    In retrospect I wish they had opted for more of an Ultimate Thor adaptation with the first film, with Jane the psychiatrist perhaps and Donald Blake a man who believes he’s the God of Thunder.

    But, in the end no one really wants to see Thor tied down in a relationship. So it’s probably better that Jane wasn’t more likable because we might not like that they aren’t together.

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      Yeah, we would’ve ended up hating her if she kept him locked to Earth.

  • The bummer is that if Portman was looking for more substance, if she played ball and kept with it, eventually she could of become Thor as her character did in the comics and I think she would of dug doing that… I have always dug her but she needs to be really into what she is doing and it is painfully obvious when she phones in a role. I get it, sometimes acting is art and sometimes it’s work but other actors who do the same thing seem to find something in whatever role they play but Natalie really comes off tinny when she isn’t into the project she is doing. A great example for me is that while she seemed bored with the Thor movies but she excelled in V for vendetta, she just had something to do. She couldn’t connect to anything in her role as Padme but she obviously had enough fun in Your Highness to actually make her shine as a bright spot in that mess? As an actress her success in a film is a bit of alchemical for me, if she is into it, she’s golden but if she can’t find the character and her way into the role, she is lead.

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      Couldn’t agree more. Well said.

    • axebox

      I agree, but it was really lame to see Jane becoming Thor in the comics.

  • the50sguystrikesback

    You’re not alone J.J.
    I liked Jane Foster as well. 🙂

  • Andrea Banks

    Cannot wait for this film. It’s going to destroy JL.

  • SaiyanHeretic

    Whatever happened to Sif?

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.