Natalie Portman Forced By Marvel To Return As 'Jane Foster' In THOR: THE DARK WORLD?

Natalie Portman Forced By Marvel To Return As 'Jane Foster' In THOR: THE DARK WORLD?

Hugo Weaving recently made it clear that the only way he'll return as the 'Red Skull' is if Marvel forces him to, and a new report claims that Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman didn't want to reprise the role of 'Jane Foster'. So, why is she back? Well, the studio held her to her contractual obligations.

Marvel Studios don't exactly have a great track record with the stars of their films. You can count Edward Norton, Mickey Rourke and Terrence Howard among those who won't work with them again, and after Hugo Weaving recent made his feeling about returning as the 'Red Skull' very clear (read more about that by clicking HERE), it looks as if we can add Natalie Portman to that list. The actress was said to be upset when talks broke down between the studio and director Patty Jenkins, and TG Daily claims that she didn't want to return as 'Jane Foster' in Thor: The Dark World. Ironically, we recently learned that Natalie Portman is being 'forced' into her contractual role as the romantic lead in Thor 2, another Marvel Film Universe sequel, despite a desire to back out. Oh dear. You certainly can't blame Marvel for forcing her to return, especially when she signed a contract to appear in more than one film. However, one has to wonder whether or not this will impact her performance at all!

Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.


Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
Zachary Levi as Fandral
Ray Stevenson as Volstagg
Tadanobu Asano as Hogun
Jaimie Alexander as Sif
Idris Elba as Heimdall
Christopher Eccleston as Malekith

RELEASE DATE: November 8th, 2013

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Filed Under "Thor" 10/20/2012 Source: TG Daily
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TheGambitFreak - 10/20/2012, 3:23 PM
Kill her off! Her and Dennings ruined THOR. Bring on LADY SIF!!!!!!!!!!! Woo Woo!!!!!
JordanKing - 10/20/2012, 3:27 PM
It's as if these actors are only now understanding what a contractual agreement is. Tough break.
XxComablackxX1937 - 10/20/2012, 3:31 PM
Be lucky your even getting a paycheck. I hate my job but i go an work my ass off everyday knowing what i make in a week you probably make in an hour.

Yet these actors an actresses are always whining there unhappy. Please...
TheGambitFreak - 10/20/2012, 3:34 PM


DrDoom - 10/20/2012, 3:36 PM
Good. Actors need to be put in their place.
StuckInPanels - 10/20/2012, 3:37 PM
I think is still pissed that Monster director lady dropped from the project. She wants more female directors to make good comic book movies.
GingerBird - 10/20/2012, 3:38 PM
These people know what's up. Real actresses not wanting to be type cast in some shitty, flash in the pan comic book movie phase.
RR51 - 10/20/2012, 3:39 PM
How she must be feeling

SAT - 10/20/2012, 3:40 PM
I agree, I'm indifferent of her in Thor. But if she doesnt want to return, recast her. I liked Dennings character, she was funny & Sif was cool. But I'm sure they can recast her like they did with Hulk (though Hulk was a more largely known than Jane Foster & also Incredible Hulk wasnt great & less viewed than Thor)
TonyChu - 10/20/2012, 3:41 PM
WTF are you guys talking about how she ruined Thor and it was not even a bad movie. And why should they kill off Jane Foster?
Originator2000 - 10/20/2012, 3:41 PM
I'm betting she is going to purposely do some horrible acting so the movie could suck.
thewonderer - 10/20/2012, 3:41 PM
Everyone is so quick to insult the actors for their departure, when:

Edward Norton
Mickey Rourke
Terrence Howard
Jon Favreau
Hugo Weaving

AND NOW Natalie Portman cite difficulties.

Anyone ever even ponder the possibility that Marvel are just assholes?

danetooeasy - 10/20/2012, 3:41 PM
Natalie Portman-fail
danetooeasy - 10/20/2012, 3:42 PM
@thewonderer well, they DO pump movies out like clockwork, non-stop
tiger2411 - 10/20/2012, 3:43 PM
She wins a oscar and how she to good for Thor
DanteSparda - 10/20/2012, 3:44 PM
thewonderer - 10/20/2012, 3:46 PM
I mean when have these actors had problems with other directors or franchises.

Hell Portman WORKED ON THE STAR WARS PREQUELS. If that didn't give her problems, what the hell
TheGambitFreak - 10/20/2012, 3:46 PM
I respect Hugo Weaving. He spoke his mind. CA:TFA was an experiment for him. He never did a TRUE Superhero film before. And so he did it, and he didn't really care for it. I can understand. I loved him, when he was casted, I went nuts! He was perfect for the role, but he didn't feel enthusiatic as someone who really wants to play him would be, so he left. That's fine, at least we got his interpretation once.

But this, this is a whole other ordeal. Hugo has worked lined up for him, if he wants to do a movie, Hollywood is on his front door. What does Portapotty have going for her? Her last batch of films were utterly embarassing and agonizing to watch. Besides, Marvel may not be the highest paying Studio out there, but at least you're guaranteed a freaking job. I reiterate, In Thor: TDW, kill her off, we want more Sif, Alexander is a badass! And The Last Stand looks terrific!

@Jamie Alexander

DrDoom - 10/20/2012, 3:46 PM

Doesn't matter what she wants. This is her job. She signed a contract. I say deal with it.
Jollem - 10/20/2012, 3:46 PM
CaptainAmerica - 10/20/2012, 3:48 PM
Oh god here come the delusional Marvel fangirls blaming the actor again. Face it idiots, Marvel makes good films but treat the actors like shit. They're probably doing the same to the directors.
CaptainAmerica - 10/20/2012, 3:50 PM
Let me guess @starscream9289, Howard was the worst part of Iron Man, Norton was the worst part of Incredible Hulk, Rourke was the worst part of Iron Man 2, and Weaving was the worst part of Captain America right? Lol idiot.
Tainted87 - 10/20/2012, 3:58 PM
I wouldn't worry. She's a professional, stealing movies from lead actors at the age of 12... I doubt it'll impact her performance any.
Tainted87 - 10/20/2012, 4:03 PM
And Jesus... kind of quick to jump down her throat, aren't we?

There isn't even a quote from the actress. This is a claim, not even from the actress, but from TG Daily? It makes quick mention of her and then goes back to Hugo Weaving.
harley2011 - 10/20/2012, 4:03 PM
Disney/Marvel care about one thing, $$$. Portman will phone it in.
AztecRainGod - 10/20/2012, 4:05 PM
I could see why Hugo Weaving was against returning, Marvel let his acting skills go to waste and the special FX were sub-par.

But Natalie Portmans situation may be getting blown out of proportion. Portman was upset when Marvel axed Jenkins, that was late last year.
AztecRainGod - 10/20/2012, 4:06 PM
I seriously doubt this will impact her performance. Shes still a highly paid proffesional.
Shua - 10/20/2012, 4:06 PM
I say phase her out. Don't kill her off, just end their relationship in a way that makes sense than up the Sif/Thor relationship. Jaime Alexander LOVES comics and is thrilled about her role in the movie, let her have it!
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 10/20/2012, 4:07 PM
Who do these actors and actresses think they are? If I was to sign a contract and then say "Hey I'm done get someone else to finish it!" I would be sued or forced to do it. If you sign a contract then be an adult and follow through with what you signed on for. I am not shocked Marvel had forced her to come back. But sadly I am scared it might show in her acting.
TheGambitFreak - 10/20/2012, 4:07 PM
@CaptainAmerica What's with the name calling, @starscream9289 was just pointing out a simple truth in his perception? Personally, I was never fond of Norton as Bruce, he was dry and lacked ebullience, kind of apathetic. And Howard was okay, had a few funny parts, and he was a hell of a lot better than Don Cheadle, but there is only 1 James Rhodes/War Machine in my eyes, only 1 that really accommodates RDJ and would make future MCU films charasmatic and full of exuberance if he was side by side Tony Stark...

Happy11 - 10/20/2012, 4:10 PM
Kevin feige who by the way doesn't even know how to pronounce his surname properly is supposed to be an arsehole. That's why branagh didn't return
DioFoRio - 10/20/2012, 4:11 PM
hey captain america...howwa bout you shut the [frick] up? Oh whats that? I can't force you to? Maybe if you signed a contract ya could. People are starving, out of work and this [foo foo] who made a legal obligation to finish her work should. Or collect your cash and shut yer trap ya flat ass skank. Too Harsh?
LoudLon - 10/20/2012, 4:14 PM
I dig Portman. I can't hold it against her for not wanting to return because while her character served her purpose in the movie, she didn't really get a great deal of development or much of an arc. I don't blame her for not wanting to play the part again.


Portman knew what she was doing and what she was getting into when she signed the contract. No sense crying about it now. So do the movie, do the best you can with what they give you, for the fans, and then move on.
BruceLeroy - 10/20/2012, 4:14 PM
It really doesn't matter to me but a contract is a contract. It is what it is.
MarkJulian - 10/20/2012, 4:14 PM
TG Daily is not a credible source, never heard of that site in my life.
Tainted87 - 10/20/2012, 4:15 PM
Again... chill out kids. There's no evidence to support this "claim", not even a quote by the actor, producer, director, writer, agent, husband, etc...

Read the whole article and stop the knee-jerk reactions.
Jollem - 10/20/2012, 4:16 PM
jack kirby and jim lee jumped the marvel ship for their respective reasons. not saying that any company is infallible, tho. there's all kinds of shenanigans when money is involved. usually
TheAbomination - 10/20/2012, 4:16 PM
You mad that a female director wasn't hired? Too bad bitch. You signed a contract. Don't like it? Call the Wambulance.
JerBear - 10/20/2012, 4:19 PM
Everyone who's angry at Marvel for this... why is it that it's only certain actors who have a problem then hmmm? I never once heard RDJ, Evans, Hiddles, Hemsworth, Hopkins, Cheadle, Alexander, Jackson, Gregg, Johansson, Atwell, Paltrow, ect. complain. You really think Marvel would only be assholes to a select few actors while everyone else is having the time of their lives? Or maybe it's just because some actors just don't like commitment. I haven't seen a single interview where the actors I named aren't laughing and giddy and into their roles.
TheAbomination - 10/20/2012, 4:19 PM
If these actors don't want to play ball, Marvel will just recast their roles. Plain and simple. They did it with Ed Norton and Terrence Howard. As a matter of fact, somebody go tell Kat Dennings' annoying ass to shape up or ship out.
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