Taika Waititi Talks Natalie Portman’s Return as Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder

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Taika Waititi discusses Natalie Portman’s return as Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder in Empire’s Summer Preview issue on sale on May 11th, stating that the characters return is “a real mindf**k for Thor”.

While the exact circumstances around Foster’s return in the MCU remain under wraps, the notion of her wielding Thor’s hammer was first explored in Jason Aaron’s acclaimed comics run The Mighty Thor back in 2015. “I didn’t know we were going to use the storyline of the Mighty Thor character until we started working out the actual story,” says Waititi of Love And Thunder. “I was writing and it was like, ‘Wouldn’t it be kind of cool to bring Jane back into the storyline?’” In doing so, the director didn’t want to tread familiar ground. “You don’t want Natalie coming back and playing that same character who’s walking around with science equipment. You know, while Thor’s flying around, she’s left on Earth, tapping her foot going, ‘When’s he going to be back?’ That’s boring. You want her to be part of the adventure.”

And since this is a Waititi joint, you can expect his trademark offbeat humour to course through Jane just like her new-found lightning powers. It was a challenge Portman was more than ready for. “Natalie’s really funny in real life,” says Waititi. “She’s kind of goofy and has got a great sense of humour, and I don’t think that was exploited enough in the first films.” Bring the thunder.

Read Empire’s full Taika Waititi interview – talking Thor: Love And Thunder, the return of Jane Foster, and making an all-out MCU rom-com – in the Summer Preview issue, on sale Thursday May 12th, and available to pre-order online here.

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder arrives in theaters July 8th.

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