Natalie Portman says her Jane Foster was not part of Thor: Ragnarok because the film was set outside the Earth.
The actor will now be playing Lady Thor in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, which marks her return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after 2013’s Thor: The Dark World.
“Obviously, I wasn’t written into it because of where it took place. It wasn’t really on Earth, and my character is on Earth,” Portman told Entertainment Tonight.
The actor said she is excited to “wield the hammer” in the upcoming movie, directed by Taika Waititi.
“(Marvel) came to me with the idea and said, ‘We have this idea for you that was a storyline in some of the comics where Jane becomes Lady Thor,’ and I was like, ‘This is very exciting’,” she said.
The actor added that she is looking forward to work with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who will be returning as Thor and Valkyrie respectively.
Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to release on November 5, 2021.