Director Taika Waititi opens up about the potential romance between Thor and Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman reunite in the MCU in the upcoming Marvel Studios film. While both appeared in Avengers: Endgame, Thor: Love and Thunder is the first time that the pair will share the screen, leading some to wonder if this means that they will also revisit their past as lovers. With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness now out in theaters, Marvel Studios shifts its marketing efforts to Thor: Love and Thunder. The project marks Waititi’s return to the MCU after the success of Thor: Ragnarok and continues the God of Thunder’s arc after the Infinity Saga. In addition to that, it will also see Portman’s reprisal of Jane Foster in the franchise, but this time, she will have her own superhero persona as Mighty Thor. With her and Thor’s impending reunion, there are questions regarding what this means about their romantic relationship, which was abruptly ended and with no specific reason given yet to the public.
Thor: Ragnarok, the film revealed that she and Thor had broken up. There was no reason given why but there are theories that it might have something to do with her potential cancer storyline from Marvel Comics. Waititi recently explained his decision to bring back Jane Foster to the MCU after her falling out with Thor, saying that the idea only came when he was already writing Thor: Love and Thunder’s story. But, he was also adamant that she’ll play a significant part in the adventure and not just wait around for Thor to return to Earth following his new mission.
Waititi doesn’t seem to be interested in revisiting Thor and Jane’s romantic pairing. Instead, he’s more focused on developing them as separate characters. Given that, it’s curious what “love” references in Thor: Love and Thunder’s title. In any case, there are many forms of love that can be explored in the movie. For Thor, in particular, it could mean self-love as he heals from the events of the Infinity Saga. From there, perhaps Thor and Jane can rekindle their romance down the road.