Director Taika Waititi commented on the possibility of using the breast cancer storyline for Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder.
In Marvel Comics, Jane Foster is diagnosed with breast cancer and is revealed to be the mysterious female hero known as the Mighty Thor after the God of Thunder becomes unworthy of wielding Mjolnir. While becoming The Mighty Thor temporarily rids Jane Foster of cancer, the disease continues to damage her human form as each transformation eliminates the chemotherapy toxins being used for her treatment.
When Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced Natalie Portman will reprise her role as Jane Foster and become the Mighty Thor in Love and Thunder, it was unclear if the fourth film in the God of Thunder’s solo series would incorporate the beast cancer storyline. During an interview with Variety, director Taika Waititi expressed his love for Jane Foster’s battle against cancer storyline in the comics but noted that whether or Thor: Love and Thunder adapts the arc remains to be seen:
“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.”
Director Taika Waititi elaborated by noting that they could change the condition afflicting Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster or avoid using an illness all together for Thor: Love and Thunder:
“We’re not sure if we’re going to do a complete lift of that whole storyline. These things change through the shoot and even when we’re editing sometimes. Like, ‘Let’s get rid of that storyline where she’s got breast cancer. We’ll change it to something else, or maybe she’s fine.'”
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Natalie Portman’s return to the Thor franchise follows her reported disappointment over Marvel Studios dismissing original The Dark World director Patty Jenkins. While Natalie Portman’s Jane Forster made a brief appearance in Avengers: Endgame, this was achieved by using old footage from Thor: The Dark World.
Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Natalie Portman. The film will be based on Jason Aaron’s Mighty Thor comic book run, with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster set to become the new Thor.
Thor: Love and Thunder is set to hit theaters on November 5, 2021.