Thor: Ragnarok is quickly sounding like a huge apology to fans as Kevin Feige has confirmed that two things on our wish-list have granted.
While speaking to The Empire Film Podcast revealing that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster won’t be in the film, stating that since the film is mostly set off-world doesn’t really allow for her to be involved.
“Many of which are in the film so you will see that. There are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie; 80 to 90 percent takes place in the cosmos.”
Portman, for her part once winning her Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan attempted to exit the Thor franchise, but was forced into making Thor: The Dark World by folks like Ike Perlmutter. She wasn’t very happy to make the film and has been looking for avenues to jump ship since, it sounds like Feige found a way to accomplish this and will likely mean others not Erik Selvig will be out as well, sorry Darcy fans.
It’s not terribly shocking since the Earth scenes have been one of our biggest gripes with the cosmic franchise, along with not exploring the fantasy lore with the nine realms.
Another possible reason is that Tessa Thompson’s character could be a new companion for Thor, Tessa is rumored to be play Defender and fellow Avenger member Valkyrie. I have little faith in Marvel actually pursuing the Sif/Thor relationship unless they attempt female Loki, but that is unlikely if Cate Blanchett is indeed playing Hela.
The cosmic side of the film will likely be played-up via the incorporation of the Planet Hulk elements into Ragnarok. A bunch of the characters were going to be added to The Dark World, but at last minute only one of them were. It’ll be interesting if we’ll be seeing connections to Guardians of The Galaxy or not, leading into Avengers 3.
I’m curious to see if Thor: Ragnarok ends-up doing better box office than Justice League, which comes out later that month. When Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman were pitted against each other, everyone assumed that the DC film would trample the Captain America film. That wasn’t the case and we could be seeing repeat by underestimating how big Ragnarok could be with audiences.
Ragnarok starts shooting this July with a release date of November 3rd, 2017.