Natalie Portman Is Not Returning For Thor: Ragnarok

Credit: Marvel Studios
Credit: Marvel Studios

Sad news today for Thor fans.

While Black Panther gains cast members, Thor: Ragnarok has lost one of the mainstays.

Natalie Portman is not returning to the role of Dr. Jane Foster for the movie, according to Marvel chief Kevin Feige.

Feige appeared on the Empire Film Podcast to confirm it, amongst other things.

He explained Portman’s absence as the result of “many reasons, many of which are in the film, so you will see that. There are only a couple scenes on Earth in this movie. The majority, 90 … 5 percent of the movie, takes place in the cosmos.”

It’s going to be weird to see Portman not in the movie, especially after the large role she played in Thor: The Dark World.

Of course, Tony and Pepper “took a break” off screen in Captain America: Civil War so really anything is possible.

Feige described Marvel’s approach to threequels, which the studio sees as “the opportunity and the time to really change things up.”

Given the ending of Captain America: Civil War? I can certainly say that is true. This film could definitely represents a major change for the cosmic side of the Marvel universe, or at least for Asgard’s involvement in it.

The film will be directed by What We Do In The Shadows, Taika Waititi. Returning for the film are Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner. Cate Blanchett has been cast in an unknown role while Creed‘s Tessa Thompson makes her Marvel debut (possibly as a new love interest for Thor).

Thor: Ragnarok will hit theatres November 2017.

Bec Heim