Taika Waititi Talks About Jane Foster’s Thor in Love & Thunder


Jane Foster as the Mighty Thor in a poster for Thor: Love & Thunder.

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While the comic book community has had about a full decade to get used to the idea of Jane Foster as Thor, and she’s shown up in the Avengers Assemble cartoon from a few years back, Thor: Love & Thunder marks the first real attempt at making Jane Foster’s mighty brand of lightning strike with wider audiences. It’s one thing to hear about the news and see Natalie Portman hold Mjolnir at Comic-Con three years ago, and it’s an entirely different thing to see it come to life in a trailer. And from the sound of things, that shocked expression that Chris Hemsworth’s Thor has upon seeing his old love pick up his once shattered weapon is going to inform much of his journey throughout the film.

Director Taika Waititi said as much in a recent interview with Empire Magazine. Jane hasn’t been seen since she was an Infinity Stone vessel in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, and the two split up between then and 2017’s Ragnarok. If it’s weird to see your ex while you’re out and about one day, imagine seeing your ex wielding your old hammer and body slamming monsters with lightning. Waititi promised that seeing Jane again in this new context would be “a real mindfuck” for our fabulously blond hero. “It’s been about eight years, and she’s had a whole other life. Then the love of your life comes back on the scene and is now dressed like you.”