Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Infinity War, Marvel Studios’ biggest movie as of yet, claim that Thor’s romantic interest Jane Foster might be returning to the MCU. Jane Foster first appeared in 2011’s Thor. Natalie Portman portrayed the eccentric physicist on whom the God of Thunder literally fell upon in the movie. The second appearance by Portman as Jane Foster was in Thor: The Dark World. She was infected by the mysterious Aether liquid (the Reality Stone in liquid form) and was thus the object of the entire The Dark World movie.
In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor reveals that Jane Foster and he have broken up, with both agreeing that it was better for both of them if they ended the relationship via mutual consent. We do not see Jane Foster again in the MCU. She did not appear in Infinity War as well. But the Russo Brothers say something else entirely. The future of the MCU does include several more appearances by Natalie Portman as Jane Foster.
Natalie Portman was not originally primed to leave the MCU just when the shared cinematic universe was about to hit its golden years. In fact, she was about to get even more involved with the MCU after Thor: The Dark World. But behind the scenes drama during Thor 2’s shooting left a lot of bad blood between Marvel’s creative committee and Natalie Portman, who was unhappy with the way her character was portrayed on screen. Marvel is now under new leadership.
Kevin Feige has taken the helm with new board members overlooking the MCU. The previous Marvel Creative Committee has been disbanded and replaced with a newer one. So Portman could be returning back to the MCU considering the Marvel leadership is new and fresh, unlike the older one that kept interfering in the movies’ direction.
The Huffington Post asked several questions about the characters that may or may not have survived Thanos’ snap at the end of Infinity War. The Russo Brothers were really cryptic about the way they reply to these questions. They did not want to reveal too much as it would be a potential spoiler and would ruin Marvel’s newest projects in the pipeline.
Jane Foster also became a subject of one of the questions. While the Russo Brothers did not explicitly claim that Foster is dead, they refused to reply when asked whether Portman’s future within the MCU is done for. That means Jane Foster might have some form of future within the MCU. Maybe she won’t be there in Avengers 4 but in the future Marvel projects that begin right after Phase 4?
Jane Foster has all the more reason to be a part of the good guys in their fight against Thanos in Avengers 4. She is one of Earth’s foremost experts in astrophysics and she also happens to have knowledge about alien civilizations like the Asgardians and Dark Elves. She also happens to be an expert in dimensional physics and astrology. She could be one of the Avengers’ (the ones that are left anyway) greatest on-field assets, using her gifted intellect to take down Thanos working from behind the scenes along with the other geniuses of the MCU like Shuri, Banner, and Stark.
The comics have already shown Jane Foster in the brightest light possible. She becomes the God of Thunder after Thor is deemed unworthy of wielding the hammer. Foster died saving Asgard from Mangog but Odin and Thor managed to bring her back from the dead. Compared to her comic book version, the MCU version’s damsel in distress portrayal of Jane Foster looks pretty well. But if a skilled writer is given some space, maybe Foster’s role in the MCU could be widened to include a larger scope. Maybe she will end up becoming the new God of Thunder after Chris Hemsworth leaves the MCU.
The latest MCU movie to hit the theaters is Infinity War. Avengers: Infinity War is now currently in theaters. The official film synopsis reads:
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.