Thor: Love and Thunder brought back Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, but will it be the last time we see the Mighty Thor?
Natalie Portman has made her long-awaited return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor: Love and Thunder. The esteemed actress was a major part of the franchise’s first two films, but her absence from the third film was noticeable, with fans questioning the decision to break up Thor and Jane.
However, this ultimately set the stage for her comeback Thor 4and it wasn’t just any old throwback, as the character ended up wielding Mjolnir and becoming the Mighty Thor – just like his comic book counterpart.
*** This article contains MAJOR SPOILERS from Thor: Love and Thunder ***
As of this writing, Portman has played Jane Foster Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022). He also made a cameo appearance in Avengers: Endgame (2019) through previously unused footage and voiceover. But it is Love and Thunder the final appearance for the star in the MCU?
Will Natalie Portman return to the MCU after Thor: Love and Thunder?
At this time, it remains unclear what the future holds for Natalie Portman’s character. Thor: Love and Thunder saw Jane Foster develop into the Mighty Thor just as she did in the comics, but also saw her suffer from stage four cancer. And in the final battle of the film, she succumbed to her illness, causing her body to no longer be able to fight her because the use of the powerful hammer drained her mortal energy.
That said, while Jane died, she found her way to eternal peace in Valhalla. Along the way, she was reunited with Heimdall, who seemed ready to show her their heavenly surroundings.
With that in mind, it’s certainly possible that Portman could return in a future installment. Remember, the post-credits scene was followed by the “Thor will return” tease. While this is likely a reference to Chris Hemsworth’s titular God of Thunder, the possibility of Jane returning isn’t completely out of the equation. Perhaps when Thor finds his way to Valhalla in the final film of the franchise, we’ll see a reunion between the pair.
Let’s hope we haven’t seen the last of Jane Foster because Natalie Portman still has a lot to give.
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