The first two Thor movies spent quite a bit of time developing the romance between the Norse god (Chris Hemsworth) and astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Much has been made of the fact that Portman doesn’t reprise her role in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, with Portman herself claiming last summer that, “As far as I know, I’m done.” Now, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has officially confirmed the reason for the character’s departure:
Jane and Thor are splitsville.
While some fans will no doubt be upset to learn that the Asgardian and earthling were not able to make it work, the good news is that Thor will have a potential love interest in Ragnarok in the form of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who Feige describes as being more on Thor’s level. “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,” says Feige. “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.”
Poor optics of describing a brilliant astrophysicist as being beneath Thor in some way, Feige’s comments at least offers some insight into the decision to sideline Jane Foster and it will be interesting to see if any sort of romance blossoms between Thor and newcomer Valkyrie, a character who certainly has us intrigued.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters this November.