Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster is said to be more comedic in her portrayal in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Marvel Studios’ new film Thor: Love and Thunder is going to immerse audiences to a slew of new experiences for the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) himself. In particular, audiences will reunite with his former flame, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). This time however, she will be seen wielding Mjolnir as the Mighty Thor.
Natalie Portman last portrayed Jane Foster in Thor: The Dark World. The film, which is widely considered by critics and fans alike to be one of the lesser entries in the MCU, was a less-than-ideal experience for the Academy Award-winning actress, and she was ultimately written out of Thor: Ragnarok by Taika Waititi. However, she returns in Love and Thunder with more thunderous potential than ever.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, Taika Waititi expressed that this version of Jane Foster will be more humorous, giving Natalie Portman a chance to stretch her comedic chops a bit further:
“Well, you don’t want Natalie coming back and playing that same character who’s walking around with science equipment. You know, while Thor’s flying around, she’s left on Earth, tapping her foot going ‘When’s he going to be back?’ That’s hoping. You want her to be part of the adventure. And with the character of Jane, you want a little bit more. Natalie’s really funny in real life. She’s kind of goofy and has got a great sense of humor, and I don’t think that was exploited enough in the first films.”
Under the direction of both Kenneth Branagh and Alan Taylor, Natalie Portman’s role as Jane Foster in the first two Thor movies has been competent, but not all that memorable. The chemistry she shared with Chris Hemsworth wasn’t lackluster, but didn’t standout in a way that other Avengers’ standalone films have done, I.E. Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell, and Tom Holland and Zendaya to name a few.
However, under the direction of Academy Award-winner Taika Waititi, Jane Foster is looking to have a comedic upgrade. With her new abilities as Mighty Thor, Natalie Portman certainly looks eager to really leave a bigger mark on the MCU, and perhaps reinvigorate her dynamic with Chris Hemsworth for a funnier, more upbeat connection in Love and Thunder.
Here is the synopsis for the film:
“The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.”
Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, and Russell Crowe.
Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.