Breakups are hard. You know how it goes – things go sour, you break up, work through your emotions, and prepare for the possibility that someday you’ll meet your old flame in the future. For Thor and Jane Foster, it’s even more complicated. Because if Natalie Portman’s old love is back in Taika Waititi Ragnarok after Thor: Love and Thundera lot has changed since we last saw her in 2013 Thor: The Dark World. (OK, technically the back of his head appeared in End of Game.) When she returns, she’ll do so not just as a renowned astrophysicist, but as The Mighty Thor – a woman worthy enough to wield Mjolnir.
As you’d expect, it won’t be an easy change for Chris Hemsworth’s Thor to make up his mind. “It’s been about eight years,” says Waititi Empire. “She had a whole other life, and then the love of your life comes back on the scene, and is now dressed like you. She’s a real motherfucker for Thor.
While the exact circumstances surrounding Foster’s return to the MCU remain under wraps, the notion of his wielding Thor’s hammer was first explored in Jason Aaron’s acclaimed comic book series. The Mighty Thor in 2015. “I didn’t know we were going to use the Mighty Thor character storyline until we started working on the real story,” Waititi said of love and thunder. “I was writing and it was like, ‘Wouldn’t it be kind of cool to bring Jane back into the script?'” In doing so, the director didn’t want to tread on familiar ground. “You don’t want Natalie to come back and play this same character who walks around with science equipment. You know, while Thor was flying, she stayed on Earth, tapping her foot and saying, “When is he coming back?” It’s boring. You want her to be part of the adventure.
And since it’s a Waititi joint, you can expect his trademark quirky humor to run through Jane, as will his new lightning powers. It was a challenge Portman was more than ready for. “Natalie is really funny in real life,” Waititi says. “She’s a little goofy and has a great sense of humor, and I don’t think that was exploited enough in the early films.” Bring the thunder.
Lily EmpireTaika Waititi’s full interview – talk Thor: Love and Thunderthe return of Jane Foster and the creation of a complete MCU romantic comedy – in the Summer Preview issue, on sale Thursday, May 12 and available for pre-order online here. Thor: Love and Thunder arrives in UK cinemas from July 8.