Taika Waititi has had a wild week. He’s become the first Maori person to win an Academy Award (for Best Adapted Screenplay with Jojo Rabbit). With a ton of projects in development, the one most fans are talking to is his sequel to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok with Thor: Love & Thunder.
At SDCC 2019. Waititi revealed that Natalie Portman would return to the MCU and reprise her role as Jane Foster. More importantly, like her comic counterpart, Portman will take on the mantle of Thor from Chris Hemsworth, who is also returning to the film. One part of why Jane grabbed the hammer in comics, however, is because she was dying of cancer.
So is it happening in the film?
Talking with Variety, Waititi talked about how things may change from page to screen, even page to page. Now if Foster has cancer in the film, he wouldn’t really comment one way or the other.
“We don’t know. That comics run was a big inspiration, and was an influence on the first few drafts. But at Marvel, we always change everything. I could say one thing right now, and in two years, it will be the complete opposite — or that thing won’t exist. We continue writing even in post-production.”
He did, however, say that he was very opening on exploring the sexuality of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) in the film. Canonically, Valkyrie is bisexual as is Thompson. Thompson has also campaigned to bring the aspect of the character to the screen, confirming that Valkyrie is bi in the MCU.
“The IP is not mine. But with the actors, I feel whatever makes them comfortable — whether they feel like there’s a natural choice, or a natural way for that character to go — then I’m pretty supportive,” Waititi said. “If Tessa wanted to do that, I’m in.”
Thor: Love & Thunder will be released on Nov. 5, 2021.