Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, appeared on the Empire Film Podcast and spent some time talking about the next Thor installment in the Marvel Universe franchise — Thor: Ragnarok. Light on the details, Feige did reveal that most of the movie will take place in the cosmos and that Natalie Portman will not be reprising her role of Jane Forester, a brilliant scientist and Thor’s love interest.
Portman’s departure should be of little surprise to anyone. Tension has been building between the talented actress and the studio ever since the first Thor film. When her friend and recommended director Patty Jenkins was replaced by Alan Taylor to helm the second film, Thor: The Dark World, things got very uncomfortable with Portman barely hiding the fact that her appearance in that film was strictly due to contractual obligations. Soon thereafter, rumors of Tessa Thompson (Selma, Creed) joining the cast as Thor’s new love interest began to circulate. Thompson is now an official part of the cast, possibly as Valkyrie.
“(There are) many reasons, including several that are made evident when watching the film. There are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie, 80 to 90 percent takes place in the cosmos.”
In that quote is of course also the mention of how the next movie will be less about Thor’s protection of Earth and focusing more on large-scale battles taking place on other planets. Even Midgard will be a secondary location with minimal presence in the movie.
We have yet to hear all the concrete casting details but besides Portman, it is doubtful that the great Anthony Hopkins or fan-fav Kat Dennings will be returning as Odin and Darcy Lewis. Joining the cast however will be Mark Ruffalo playing an exuberant
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