Natalie Portman is set to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Jane Foster when she takes on the mantle of Mighty Thor for Thor: Love and Thunder. Several months ago, Portman teased her own preparations for the role by reading Jason Aaron’s run of Mighty Thor comics. Speaking with Variety at a fundraiser in Los Angeles, Portman shared her thoughts on a possible inclusion of Jane’s illness from the comics in the script.
It’s just very rare that these kinds of big entertainment films look at more serious, real-life issues. I really don’t know anything about it. I haven’t seen anything, but I’ve heard the same rumors as you have, and it’s exciting to think about.
For the uninitiated, one notable storyline from Aaron’s run followed Jane having breast cancer and being worthy to wield Mjolnir to become Thor at the same time. Moreover, Taika Waititi, Director of Thor: Love and Thunder and who recently confirmed his return as Korg in the film, also spoke with Variety in a separate interview and he chimed in as well on the breast cancer storyline.
I think that’s a really powerful part of the books. I think it’s really cool that she’s fighting this thing and there’s two battles going on. Personally, I really love that storyline. But whether it ends up in the film is yet to be seen.
As the MCU progresses into the post-Infinity Saga world, having a protagonist struggle with an illness albeit being powerful as a god is a powerful story to adapt onto the big screen. It is going to be a different take for a superhero movie and we all know that Marvel Studios are bold enough to take that risk. The battle within herself as pointed out by Waititi can bring out so many emotions and it could serve well for Portman’s acting prowess.