Natalie Portman just gave us the tiniest sliver of hope she'd return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Thor and Jane Foster may have broken up, but this is one Marvel relationship we’ll never get over. It’s been over four and a half years since Natalie Portman was featured alongside Chris Hemsworth in a Thor film, but her presence is always felt even when she’s nowhere to be seen in the movies. Every Avengers film makes sure to reference her absence, either by explaining that Thor wants to keep her safely away from the world-threatening action (Avengers: Age of Ultron) or by revealing that the all-star couple had broken up offscreen (Thor: Ragnarok). But could Jane Foster be seen in a future Marvel movie?
According to Portman, she’s down for a return trip to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So there is a teeny tiny sliver of hope that Jane and Thor could get back together! But it’s a seriously tiny sliver, so don’t hold your breath.
“I’m completely open to everything, but I have no news about that,” Natalie tells Screen Rant while discussing her upcoming film Annihilation. And considering the fact that she laughed while saying that, that sliver of hope is shrinking even more.
But now we know that Natalie is open to reprising her role as the brilliant astrophysicist (and Thor’s ex), so the door is officially open. The ball is in your court, Marvel! If the comic book brand decides to give her a call tomorrow, who knows if Jane Foster could finally fulfill her destiny of picking up Mjolnir and becoming the Goddess of Thunder when Thor is forced to retire? This is the kind of Thor content the world needs right now.
Natalie’s absence from Thor: Ragnarok didn’t come as much of a surprise to Marvel superfans — not because of Tessa Thompson’s casting as Valkyrie (because two women can coexist in the same movie, you guys) but because of the rumblings about her issues with Marvel behind the scenes. She reportedly did not like Marvel firing director Patty Jenkins from Thor: The Dark World — and that movie would have made Jenkins the first female director in the MCU (yes, seriously). Supposedly, Portman was equally unhappy with the final product from replacement director Alan Taylor. She finished out her contractual obligations on that film and has not been seen in the MCU since.
So maybe if Marvel finally got with the program and hired some female directors, Natalie would finally make her grand return to the franchise. And that’s something we can all get behind.