Not to mention his incredibly short appearance in ending of the AvengersWell, it’s been a minute since fans got to catch up with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the character mentioned only in The Avengers: Age of Ultronand Chris Hemsworth’s Thor heading out into the cosmos for adventure Thor: Ragnarokthe center of attention turned away from her.
Now though, the spotlight is returning to him in a big way with Thor: love and thunderwith Jane morphing into Mighty Thor, and the actor recently discussed his experience not only returning to the role, but also detailing what he’s been up to since his last substantial appearance in a Marvel blockbuster.
I met Natalie Portman last weekend on press day in Los Angeles Thor: love and thunder, and the first topic we discussed was his “recovery” process with Jane Foster (as Marvel fans know, a lot of crazy things have happened in the canon since 2013). According to Portman, it was a collaborative process and with contributions not only from herself and from writer / director Taika Waititi. She explained,
Without saying too much about Marvel’s next blockbuster, Thor: love and thunder features flashback footage showing unedited moments from Thor and Jane’s love story. Along with all the ideas the actors have internalized that haven’t explicitly come to the screen, it’s wonderful to think of the stars and directors working together to make the material real and fun.
However, one aspect of Jane Foster’s mysterious story that Natalie Portman didn’t specifically comment on was the period between 2018 and 2023, known in the Marvel timeline as the Blip period. Half of all living things in the universe ceased to exist between the events described Avengers: Infinity War Yes ending of the Avengers… but Portman did not say whether or not Jane had lived in those years or if she had turned to dust.
I postulated that The Blip could explain why Thor and Jane Foster have different perceptions of time since they last saw each other in Thor: love and thunder (Jane wonders if it’s been three years and the thunder god sets it at eight years, seven months and six days.) Your answer?
Natalie Portman may not know if Jane was impressed or not, and she doesn’t want to set a false canon, but I’d like to think she keeps this period as vague as possible to keep the door open for some future stories.
Starring Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, Taika Waititi and Russell Crowe, Thor: love and thunder hits theaters on July 8, and you can expect even more Gossipify interviews with the star-studded cast in the coming days (Tickets are on sale now (opens in a new tab) ). To keep track of everything that’s happening in the MCU, check out our guides to upcoming Marvel movies and upcoming Marvel TV movies.