Natalie Portman will be getting her shot at the power of the God of Thunder in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel, Thor: Love and Thunder. Fans are eager to see Jane Foster step into the spotlight and join the ranks of the Marvel superheroes. However, a new update sounds like she will be sharing some intimate screen time with another fellow female superhero.
In a recent interview with MTV News (via ComicBook.com), Natalie Portman’s co-star Tessa Thompson spoke about her excitement for the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel and specifically mentioned how romance is going to play a big part in her storyline. “She likes a kind of thunderous love,” Thompson said about her character Valkyrie. We know that Valkyrie will be portrayed as gay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this cheeky comment seems to point towards her romantic feelings being pointed towards none other than Jane Foster.
We know that Natalie Portman’s character will be dying of cancer in Thor: Love and Thunder and that her decision to take on the powers of the God of Thunder will be the way she is able to keep her sickness at bay. Could her illness be one of the motivating factors behind Valkyrie falling in love with her? Or will Jane be hiding her disease from Valkyrie while she has the powers of Thor? It sounds like a great setup for some interpersonal conflict, and to see Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman share scenes together sounds like reason enough to push this storyline forward.
Natalie Portman had an infamously poor experience with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was content to stay out of the entire story for many years. It was not until Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok re-energized the series that Portman decided to reconsider returning to the franchise. Could it be that Thor: Love and Thunder sounded appealing to her because of a stronger focus on Jane Foster? And could the idea that she transitions from a romance with Thor to a romance with Valkyrie be another motivating factor for her to come back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
That is another question worth bringing up about this love story: what will Thor have to say? To be fair, his character has pretty much abandoned Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster as far as the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe is concerned. He really won’t be in any kind of position to challenge for Jane’s affections. It would be kind of great to see Thor and Jane reconcile as friends and to see Thor wish his former romantic interest the best with Valkyrie, a warrior he respected enough to hand over the kingdom of Asgard to.
Having Natalie Portman be at the center of a gay romance in Thor: Love and Thunder will surely grab some headlines, and it could prove to be one of the most progressive facets to ever feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We will simply have to wait and see if this is how the story shakes out when Thor: Love and Thunder finally hits theaters.