With the trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder confirming the return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster to the MCU, comic fans have been waiting to see how much of Foster’s comic book “Thorigin” (ba dum tss) would be retained onscreen.
While we don’t know many details regarding the plot of Love and Thunder, a new product description gives us a good idea of what to expect for Jane Foster’s character in the film.
Read on at your own risk!
Jane Becomes Thor Through Difficult Means
An official replica of the Mighty Thor helmet became available through the Eaglemoss website, and the description explained how the she came to posses the hammer.
Suffering from cancer, astrophysicist and Thor’s ex-girlfriend, Jane Foster, visited New Asgard and her life was changed forever….. Mysteriously, the broken pieces of Mjolnir, the hammer of the thunder god, transformed her into the Mighty Thor and gifted her the superpowers of Thor, to battle threats internal and external. Wielding Mjolnir herself, she had become a godly protector and a new hero was born!
With the help of Thor, Valkyrie, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Mighty Thor was faced by the powerful Gorr, the God Butcher. With divine powers himself, Gorr was driven to rid the universe of gods wherever he found them,… “Battling cancer in her human form and Gorr in her godly form, Jane Foster was embroiled in an epic struggle with plenty of love and thunder!
By the power of New Asgard, there’s a lot to dive into there. Firstly, it appears that the film is going in a more comic-accurate direction with Jane Foster having cancer in her human form and Thor being someone she transforms into She-Ra style rather than all the time. The original Thor comics had the God of Thunder living in the body of the human Donald Blake (which was cutely referenced the 2011 film) rather than walking among us in his own form.
It’s going to be interesting to see how they address this in the film given that they’ve never hinted at Mjolnir having this power before in the cinematic universe. I’m also intrigued to see how Jane and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor interact with each other given that Thor: Ragnarok had a throwaway line about them breaking up offscreen. Could this be the last time we see Chris Hemsworth’s Thor before Jane Foster takes the mighty mantle for the foreseeable future, or an emotional goodbye for her?
It’s also nice to see Tessa Thompson’s show-stealing Valkyrie will be back ruling New Asgard following the events of Avengers: EndGame. She and Hemsworth’s chemistry and character dynamics were some of the best things in Ragnarok, and with Taika Waititi returning to write and direct, I’m sure he’s got more clever banter up his sleeve. It also sounds like Jane Foster will go toe to toe with Christian Bale’s Gorr The God-Killer here.
We know even less about his role in the story right now, but seeing how Ragnarok’s Hella and Cate Blanchett’s performance as her proved mightily entertaining, I can’t imagine what crazy get-up and dialogue we’ll get to see the equally-respected Christian Bale get to chew on. All that said, the MCU’s handling of serious issues has been hit or miss, so I’m hoping they approach Jane Foster’s cancer here with the gravity and respect it deserves.
If this proves to be the final outing for her onscreen, it should be one that ends her story on the highest note possible, and if it’s the beginning of her reign as Thor for the future, then it should start it in stirring fashion. Either way, we’ll get to see her suited up when Thor: Love and Thunder strikes theaters July 8, 2022.
What are your thoughts regarding this major Thor: Love and Thunder reveal? Are you excited to see Jane Foster return to the MCU after all this time? Do you trust the filmmakers to handle her story respectfully? What’s your favorite Jane Foster moment in the MCU so far? Let us know in the comments below and on our Twitter.