We’ve known for quite some time that Natalie Portman won’t be returning to reprise her role as Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster.
Last year, the Oscar winner announced that she was “done” with Marvel and won’t be making any future appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During a recent interview, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed why Foster isn’t in “Thor: Ragnarok”.
While it was previously justified that Foster’s absence was due to the fact that a large chunk of “Thor: Ragnarok” will take place in the cosmos instead of Earth, there’s now another answer to that. Apparently Thor and his former flame had broken up before the events of Ragnarok.
Chris Hemsworth shared that the Norse god is currently enjoying being single. “He’s off exploring the universe, still trying to police it and control the mayhem. But he’s certainly enjoying being a drifter, being a solo cowboy out there,” the Aussie actor recently told Entertainment Weekly.
Although it has been widely speculated that Foster’s exit will make way for Thor’s new leading lady – Valkyrie aka Brunnhilde, it remains to be seen if love will blossom between the 2 heroes.
“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,” said Feige.
He added, “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.”
We’re not quite sure what Feige meant by implying that Valkyrie is more “equal” to Thor than Foster was. As writer Katharine Trendacosta pointed out, perhaps Feige could have clarified that Marvel was exploring with Thor having a relationship with someone that has a similar history and interest to his own.
Whatever the case is, we’re still pretty stoke for “Thor: Ragnarok” to hit theatres on 3rd November 2017.