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Natalie Portman Discusses the Failure of ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Marvel fans are very excited to see Natalie Portman returning as Thor’s love interest Jane Foster in the new Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder — but Marvel fans were particularly unexcited by the second Thor movie that Jane starred in, and Natalie Portman recently spoke to Variety about the movie’s bad reviews.

Even though Thor is a handsome and more-and-more-comical Norse god (especially since New Zealand director Taika Waititi has taken the helm of the franchise) who acts as one of the Avengers, the character’s solo movies have never done as well as the Avengers films that he’s been part of.

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Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor.

Thor: Ragnarok was a huge boost for Thor in 2017, and the new movie Thor: Love and Thunder has fans excitedly waiting for July 8 as well — but when Thor: The Dark World came out, it was the second movie in the Thor series that did not do particularly well. In fact, the movie was openly ridiculed.

Natalie Portman apparently “didn’t really know” if she would ever return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Jane Foster, especially since Ragnarok didn’t include her and (according to her) “they don’t often make more than three films in a series”. But the Oscar-winning actress was not worried about the bad reviews from her second turn as Jane.

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The new teaser poster for ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ was released alongside the new teaser trailer for the Marvel movie, and Jane Foster made an appaerance as female Thor in the new movie’s trailer too! Credit: Marvel

“I mean, I had it with The Professional too,” Portman said to Variety (referring to her first movie role in 1994, which is still considered to be one of her best performances even though she was a child). “It was slaughtered critically, and now, despite having been in Marvel and Star Wars movies, it’s the main thing people come up to me about.”

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Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen as Padme and Anakin.

“That and Star Wars are two examples of things that when they came out, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, this is a disaster,’” Portman added. The Star Wars prequel films (in which she played Padme Amidala) were famously bad — so much so that Scottish actor Ewan McGregor almost didn’t come back to play Obi-Wan Kenobi. “And then 20 years later — actually, 30 years later for The Professional — it’s beloved,” the Israeli actress concluded.

Thor: The Dark World might not have done well in 2013, but Portman clearly isn’t bothered by it — and, now that she’s playing Mighty Thor, she also seems optimistic that Jane Foster will become a fan favorite after all!

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Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!