Natalie Portman won’t be reprising her role as Jane Foster in next year’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and hinted that she’s “done with Marvel.”
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal to promote her directorial debut “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” the Academy Award winner was asked if her character Jane will next be seen in “Thor: Ragnarok.”
“As far as I know, I’m done,” she said. “I don’t know if, maybe, one day they’ll ask for an ‘Avengers 7’ or whatever. I have no idea! But as far as I know I’m done,” the actress responded.
A spokesman for Marvel had no comment.
Jane was Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) love interest in the first two “Thor” movies. However, her role was significantly reduced in the second film.
While Jane helped Thor adjust to life on Earth in the first film, once Marvel went back to the planet Asgard in the second film, she was underutilized.
The actress’ answer is not surprising given the fact that “Thor: Ragnarok,” due in theaters Nov. 17, 2017, will be a gladiator movie pitting Thor against Jack Kirby-esque monsters in a arena in a far-off world and then square off against that arena’s champion: The Hulk.
“Thor: Ragnarok” is loosely based on the Planet Hulk storyline.
Given that Natalie Portman‘s character was grounded here on Earth, it wouldn’t make sense for her character to be off in space to assist Thor.