While some were surprised when Natalie Portman was found to be missing from the Thor: Ragnarok cast list, others assumed her character was being held back for another installment. But as she told the Wall Street Journal (via Ain’t It Cool News), she is “done” with her Marvel obligations.
The actress played Jane Foster in the first two Thor movies. And while she and Chris Hemsworth were a likable enough screen duo, there was little for Jane to do but sit around and wait for the action to end. Previously, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige mentioned this waiting around was part of the reason Portman and Jane would not be part of the film. “There are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie; eighty to ninety percent takes place in the cosmos,” he said in May. Very little room for an Earth scientist not named Bruce Banner, it would seem.
But Portman’s new comments suggest she is under no obligation to return in the future, even if she seems amiable to return for an Avengers appearance at some point. Perhaps the cinematic story of Jane Foster is not yet at an end.
Meanwhile, Thor: Ragnarok comes to theaters on November 3rd, 2017.