Natalie Portman Not Returning for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

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Natalie Portman will not be reprising her character in the upcoming superhero sequel, Thor: Ragnarok.

The Oscar-winning actress played Jane Foster, love interest of Chris Hemsworth’s Asgardian god, in the previous two movies – 2011’s Thor, and 2013’s Thor 2: The Dark World.

But Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed on Friday that Natalie would not appear in the next movie, Thor: Ragnarok, which is due to be released in 2017.

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“(There are) many reasons (she won’t appear), many of which are in the film, so you will see that,” Feige told the Empire Film Podcast. “There are only a couple scenes on Earth in this movie. The majority, 95 percent of the movie, takes place in the cosmos.”

He also stressed that a third movie in a film series provides “the opportunity and the time to really change things up.”

Jane Foster was mentioned in last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, during a conversation between Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Thor, but was not actually seen.

Her last appearance in the Marvel universe was in Thor: The Dark World, which featured her character being poisoned by a powerful entity known as the Aether, bringing about a near-apocalypse.

While Portman is not yet returning to the superhero franchise, Hemsworth will reprise his hammer-wielding role for the third Thor installment, while Mark Ruffalo will be returning as Bruce Banner / Hulk. Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett and Jaimie Alexander are also confirmed to be starring in the superhero movie.

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