Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster won’t be tagging along on Thor and the Hulk’s cosmic road trip in Thor: Ragnarok.
Speaking to the Empire Film Podcast recently, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed the astrophysicist and love interest played by Portman in the previous two Thor movies will not appear in the upcoming third installment.
Feige chalked up Portman’s absence to “many reasons, many of which are in the film, so you will see that.” He added 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.”
Earlier in the interview, Feige had said Marvel often approaches threequels as “the opportunity and the time to really change things up.”
Portman’s character hasn’t been seen in a Marvel movie since 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, although she was referenced in last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. In April, news that Creed actress Tessa Thompson had joined the Ragnarok cast as a potential love interest fueled speculation that Portman would not be returning.
Ragnarok also stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Cate Blanchett in a mystery role. Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) is directing.
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 3, 2017. Listen to the Empire Film Podcast above (Feige’s segment begins about 38 minutes in).