The upcoming standalone feature film of the God of Thunder titled “Thor: Ragnarok” has elevated the film’s already impressive cast with a couple of new additions including Avenger pal, The Hulk also known as Bruce Banner played by Mark Ruffalo. However, one glaring piece of persona who will arguably be sorely missed is that of Natalie Portman’s Dr. Jane Foster.
Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige confirmed during his Empire podcast stint that Thor’s love interest will not make any appearance in the trilogy capper explaining that “there are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie; 80 to 90 percent takes place in the cosmos.”
This is no secret as Feige previously revealed that “Ragnarok” will introduce some new settings “with very little earth” and since Jane is a human being, it might be a little bit difficult to give her character justice given that small window. These new realms will presumably play a big role in the whole MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) moving forward. This is specifically important as the upcoming “Infinity Wars” will bring MCU’s mightiest heroes against mad titan, Thanos.
While Feige directly pointed out the cosmic setting of “Ragnarok” as the reason for Jane’s absence, he adds that there will be a lot more into it which will be revealed in the narrative. Interestingly, it has the parallel to Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) arc in “Captain America: Civil War” where fans found out that he and Pepper Potts eventually had a falling out. Both Jane and Pepper were acknowledged in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” are missing in action and their respective love interests reasoned that the ladies are busy doing their own thing. Given this situation, it is interesting how the plot twist of Jane’s absence will come into play in “Ragnarok”.
It is also noteworthy that recent confirmation of “Creed’s” Tessa Thomspon stepping into being the female lead of the movie may also have to do something with the role shift. Nevertheless, fans would have to wait until Nov. 3, 2017, to know how the story will go down when “Thor: Ragnarok” hits theaters.