Although the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder is set to introduce some new faces to the nine kingdoms, including Christian Bale as Gorr The God Butcher and Russell Crowe as Zeus, there is certainly no shortage of intrigue when it comes to the return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. After being absent in the 2017s Thor: Ragnarokthe character returns in style: with his own superpowers swinging the enchanted hammer Mjolnir.
Jane was introduced in the 2011s Thor as an ambitious scientist who ends up getting a little more involved in the titular character than she expects when the Asgardian prince falls to the ground. Portman repeated the role in the 2013 sequel Thor: The Dark Worldwhich is largely considered to be one of the worst in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When Jane did not return to the third episode, some viewers speculated that the negative reception of the previous project had acidified Black swan actress on the franchise. In a new interview with Varietysays Portman that she was easily able to shrug The dark worldbad reviews.
“I mean, I had it with me The professional also, ”she says of her 1994 film debut, released when she was a young teenager. “It was slaughtered critically, and now, despite having been in Marvel and Star wars movies, that’s the most important thing people come up to me about. They took Star wars are two examples of things like when they came out, I thought, ‘Oh, my God, this is a disaster.’ And then 20 years later – in fact 30 years later too The professional– it’s loved. “
Of course, Star Wars prequels, in which Portman portrayed Padmé Amidala, have also been in the news lately, with the launch of Obi-Wan Kenobi at Disney +. Despite the film’s similarly poor reception, recurring stars Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen have spoken warmly about stepping back in their roles and having been a part of fans childhood.
With writer / director Taika Waititi eager to bring back a leveled Jane Love and Thunderreturning to the MCU was a hassle for Portman.
“I mean, it’s always great to see yourself, even if only for a split second, in a Marvel movie, because you’re in places you’ve never been before,” she says. Variety. “It’s like seeing pictures from a vacation you’ve never taken or anything.”