Taika Waititi Regrets Not Including Jane Foster in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
With the upcoming fourth solo film for the iconic character arriving in just a couple of weeks, many fans are anxiously awaiting the return of one of the most important people to the hero’s mythology, as director Taika Waititi regrets not including Jane Foster in Thor: Ragnarok.
The evolution of Marvel’s resident God of Thunder has included some of the most compelling character arcs in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; with the reimagining of the hero that took place over the course of the Infinity Saga catapulting him to fan-favorite status.
A hero who has had an interesting road to being one of Marvel’s most popular characters, the collaborative effort between Chris Hemsworth and director Taika Waititi has introduced a brand new version of this iconic hero; one fully embraced by fans in a way he previously wasn’t.
With Thor: Love and Thunder just on the horizon, the character’s metamorphosis continues in this film, with the return of Jane Foster, one of the most important characters in Thor’s vast comic book history.
In a recent interview, Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi admitted that he regrets not including Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster in Thor: Ragnarok.
Speaking with Variety about Foster, Waititi stated, “It was part of the comic run by Jason Aaron, and it was something that we were always in love with when I was working on Ragnarok. We were always talking about how cool that was.”
Taika Waititi on transitioning Natalie Portman from Jane to The Mighty Thor: "There was a part of me on #Ragnarok that really wished Natalie could have been apart of that. And then when they said, 'We want to bring her back,' it all just made sense." https://t.co/3aIXbiXW0C pic.twitter.com/s9qd1DZ6HE
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The director continued, stating, “And part of me on Ragnarok really wished that Natalie could be part of that, and then when [Marvel] said ‘we want to bring her back,’ it all just made sense.”
Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster hasn’t appeared in a Thor movie since the misstep that was Thor: The Dark World, and maybe it was better that way; as both sides seemed to use the absence to rediscover the best ways to use the iconic Marvel character moving forward.