It’s no secret that Natalie Portman was very upset when Marvel “fired” Patty Jenkins as the director for ‘Thor 2.’ After all, she was a big supporter in getting Marvel to hire Jenkins in the first place. Now that Jenkins is no longer attached to the project, will Portman try to get out of her contract and how will that affect the love story between Thor and Jane Foster?
If you recall, it wasn’t until Jenkins had decided to direct ‘Thor 2’ that Portman officially came on board for the movie. She wanted to be part of the cast that would have opened the door for women to direct major big budget superhero and so agreed to return. If Jenkins were not part of the project, we would probably not see Portman reprise the role of Jane Foster as she was thinking of taking a hiatus from acting in order to spend more time with her son Aleph.
Although still contractually obligated to stay with ’Thor 2,’ that doesn’t mean that Portman can’t get out of the contract. If the director or producers wanted to, they could release her from the contract or even reduce her part to a cameo. But what would that mean to the movie’s storyline?
Last September, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige hinted to EW that the plot of the sequel would “primarily be the journey of (Thor), of he and Jane Foster and how the new dynamic with his father is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds.” It seemed from the beginning that the relationship between Thor and Jane would be chronicled on screen.
With the announcement of Portman’s return in the sequel, many were excited as they wanted to see what would happen between the god of thunder and female human. Since this was before Portman’s unhappiness with recent events, things may change to the storyline. After all, the script is now out to Robert Rodat for a rewrite. Rodat can change Portman’s role to something very small or if the producers allow her to be let go from her contract, can rewrite the script to reflect that departure. After all, at the end of ‘Thor,’ Jane is still on Earth and Thor is in Asgard and they never got back together. This would then pave the way for Sif to come in and establish a relationship just like in the comic books.
In an interview with MTV, Jaimie Alexander, who played Sif in the original, confirmed that she is “definitely going to be a part of (Thor 2)” and in her discussions with execs, had indicated that she would like to see a Thor-Sif hook up. “I’m a comic book nerd at heart, so I would like to see the relationship between Thor and Sif progress, but whether or not they do that, we’re not sure yet. We’ll see. I think that element will definitely be in there, we’re just not sure how much.”
Those who follow the comic book adventures of Thor already know that Sif and he are lovers so to have the movie follow the comic books would make many fanboys and girls happy. It would also resolve the problem of what to do with Portman’s role if she leaves. The budding romance between Jane and Thor would not have to be explored any further and a relationship with Sif can begin.
The movie isn’t scheduled to start filming until the summer so there is still some time to make adjustments. It certainly wouldn’t be a devastating blow to the project if Portman is gone or if her role is reduced as there are other storylines and characters that can be used instead.
So what do you think? Should Portman’s role remain the same to keep Thor and Jane together or would you rather see Thor and Sif romance instead?