Natalie Portman has been an important character in both Thor films so far, but it seems like that is going to change. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has told Empire Film she won’t play a role in Thor: Ragnarok. 

The news came when Feige was talking about Captain America: Civil War. As usual with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the discussion moved to the future of the series. When asked if Portman would be sitting out the next Thor adventure, he said, “I can confirm that, yes.” He went on to add that there were many reasons behind the decision.

Jane Foster has never really been well received by audiences. Likewise, Natalie Portman has never seemed to embrace the role, and she was reportedly very unhappy when Patty Jenkins departed Thor: The Dark World. We also recently heard Creed star Tessa Thompson was joining the cast, possibly playing a new love interest.

Regardless of your thoughts on Portman’s MCU performances, the reasons for her absence are very interesting. Of the many reasons behind the move, Feige said, “Many of which are in the film so you will see that. There are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie. 80 to 90 percent takes place in the cosmos.”

That’s a huge shift for this series, as both Thor and Thor: The Dark World included plenty of action on Midgard. After the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel can afford to go full cosmic. The first two Thor films were criticised for their humour, and most of that came from the Earth based characters.

It doesn’t seem like the film will solely focus on Asgard, either. Feige added, “Tonally and geographically there are a lot of different planets outside of the nine realms that we visit in Thor: Ragnarok.”

When this film was announced, Feige said it takes place directly after Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thor and Jane were together in that movie, so they could still be together unless Marvel has changed their plans. Of course, long distance could have got the better of them; inter-realm relationships are tough to get right. Plus there’s about a 1000 year age gap. Weird.

See how The God of Thunder is holding up without Jane when Thor: Ragnarok hits theatres on November 3rd, 2017.


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