‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Writer Talks About the Importance Jane Foster’s Story
The film was highly-anticipated for the arrival of The Mighty Thor, one of the most beloved and tragic heroes of the Marvel Universe; in a recent interview, the Thor: Love and Thunder writer talked about the importance of Jane Foster’s story to the film.
There was so much excitement from fans to see one of the most important and sympathetic storylines in the Marvel Universe to the lauded MCU, as Natalie Portman was announced to be reprising her role as Jane Foster, and bringing with her the incredible Mighty Thor character.
In the seminal comic book by Jason Aaron in 2013, Jane Foster’s cancer diagnosis was the inciting incident to her eventually gaining the powers of Mjolnir and the character of Thor; it was a massive moment in the comic book universe, and one fan had clamored for in the MCU.
It finally arrived, and although it didn’t hit all the same notes that the comic book did, it was a vital part of the film as a whole; in a recent interview, Thor: Love and Thunder writer, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson discussed the importance of Jane Foster’s story on the film.
Speaking to Variety, Robinsons stated, “It was always there. Obviously, it’s in the comics, and it was in Taika’s first draft, and then it was just about, you know, what does this mean? WE had a lot of conversations, especially with Natalie, about, you know, we have a responsibility here.”
Robinson added, “What an amazing thing to be able to how a superhero with cancer and really not shy away from the ugliness of it and the things that are hard about it, but also really being able for this character to shine.”
The film’s writers collectively validated just how vital this would be to the film, relaying that they all, “A lot of the conversations were like, ‘How do we do this justice and how do we put something on the screen that going to mean something and resonate with cancer survivors?'”
Robinson then noted, “In the original draft, it was actually before the Marvel [Studios logo]. It was even earlier in Taika’s original draft. That always was a movie piece- ultimately, it did become Gorr, and I things that’s awesome.”
The writer concluded, “But [Jane’s Cancer] was never going to be a gotcha moment. It was always, like, this is the story of this woman. This is her arc. And this is where it starts. ”