It is uncertain if Jane Foster Thor will stick around for a future in the MCU, even though she may be in line to steal the show in Thor: Love and Thunder. So, the main question looming around the heads of the fans is will Jane Foster Thor replace MCU Thor? Here is all we know…
Will Jane Foster Thor Replace MCU Thor?
It has been a while since fans of the MCU have seen Natalie Portman’s Jane on the big screen.
While Jane briefly appeared during the time heist in Avengers: Endgame, the scene was recreated using unused Thor: The Dark World footage. Given that, Portman’s live-action portrayal of Jane will debut in Thor: Love and Thunder.
However, Portman has had a brief appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in an animated episode of Marvel’s What If? on Disney+, where she voiced Jane.
The program focused on how Thor’s life might have been different if Loki hadn’t been his brother. Jane’s Mighty Thor alter ego from the comics steals the show in Thor: Love and Thunder by bringing Jane’s Mighty Thor alter ego to life. It’s unclear how Jane will acquire Thor’s abilities in the MCU, but this plot device wasn’t created just for motion pictures.
Many people are interested in seeing what Portman’s Mighty Thor will get up to in Thor: Love and Thunder, even though Portman playing a female Thor is undoubtedly a development that has its critics—some due to outright sexism and others out of concern that she might usurp Chris Hemsworth’s position in the MCU.
The critical question will then be whether Jane Foster’s Thor will continue to play a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the release of Love and Thunder. There are undoubtedly arguments for and against the idea.
There are several things to take into account when determining whether or not Jane Foster’s character Thor will eventually get her own MCU film starring Natalie Portman.
The first is if Marvel and Chris Hemsworth intend to continue their collaborative efforts in the future, as having two Thor avatars directing their movies at once would put them at risk of colliding. Also, it’s unclear if Marvel sees Portman as a suitable leading lady for her MCU spinoff.
Although Portman is a well-known and respected actress, she has never before proven to be a top box office draw. The previous three movies starring Natalie Portman—Lucy in the Sky, Vox Lux, and Annihilation—boasted varying degrees of critical acclaim but had dismal box office results.
Portman’s most recent big blockbuster with a leading role was the complex Black Swan from 2009, which she starred in instead of the first two Thor films, in which she played a secondary character. The MCU and Marvel Studios names have a lot of clout with viewers, so individual A-list actors aren’t under as much pressure to generate big numbers. Portman has the final say in this and may decide against returning after Thor: Love and Thunder.
The fact that Thor: Love and Thunder are confirmed to be at least mainly replicating the storyline from Marvel comics in which Jane gets cancer, poses a significant possible obstacle to Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster carrying on as Mighty Thor in subsequent MCU movies.
There is a risk that Jane won’t live in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a very long time, even though cancer is not always fatal in fiction or real life. She might not even make it past Love and Thunder because of her illness or because she perishes in battle like other MCU heroes.
So, what do you think will Jane Foster Thor replace the fan-favorite star? Tell us in the comment box.