Remember Jane Foster? She’s the astrophysicist who happened to be Thor’s love interest in his first two movies. If you didn’t get the memo, she will not be appearing in Thor: Ragnarok. At first, Marvel’s answer was simply that most of the movie wouldn’t take place on Earth, where humans like Jane Foster tend to inhabit. But many fans didn’t get this as she already appeared in Thor’s home world so Marvel released another answer. And it’s not that satisfying too.
Back then, actor Natalie Portman said she wasn’t happy with how things went down on Thor: The Dark World. With this, being the big actress that she is, it makes sense that she find herself out of Thor’s world. So what did Marvel do?
Apparently, Thor and Jane have broken up prior to Ragnarok. It wasn’t a huge surprise as they already hinted this during Avengers: Age of Ultron. With that said, this was also the exact same way Marvel dealt with Gwyneth Paltrow’s absence from Age of Ultron, with another off screen break-up with Tony Stark. Dumping of two its heroes’ major love interests in this way indicates that Marvel considers many of its female leads rather disposable, which is not that great.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated:
“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,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “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 pretty sure that the movie will do it’s utter best for you to remember Thor’s love interest. With all that Hulk and Hela stuff, maybe it will work.
Thor: Ragnarok is slated to hit cinemas November 2017.