THOR: TDW: Natalie Portman On Jane's Relationship With Loki, & A "Grittier" Sequel

THOR: TDW: Natalie Portman On Jane's Relationship With Loki, & A "Grittier" Sequel

While chatting to Hitfix at the D23 Expo over the weekend, Portman (Jane Foster) discussed her character's relationship with an old enemy turned new -- if temporary -- ally in Tom Hiddleston's Loki. She also reveals that we can expect a different tone this time around. More after the jump..

We all saw that slap delivered to Loki by Jane Foster in the new Thor: The Dark World trailer, so I think it's safe to assume that the astrophysicist isn't going to be trusting the God Of Mischief anytime soon, despite them being forced to work together to combat a common enemy. In the below video interview from D23, Portman discusses this, while also commenting on her character being the "stranger in a strange land" this time, and the darker tone we can expect from the Marvel sequel.

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On how Jane feels about Loki as an ally

"I don't think she's as quite as forgiving as Thor is. Often times we protect the people we love more than we protect themselves. But, he's helpful in some places. Evil people can think like other evil people."

On how Jane feels after coming to Asgard

"Things that she's marveling at seem like high technology to her are like kids toys [to them] and they are such an advanced species that even though she's this astrophysicist she's totally inferior to all of them. So, I think it's a good humbling experience for her."

On the different tone we can expect for The Dark World.

"It's much grittier I think because they chose to shoot in real places much of the time. A lot of the villains world was shot in Iceland, so it looks like real places as opposed to some [place] drawn on a computer. It's a lot darker in tone maybe, but still quite epic and entertaining."

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TheRationalNerd - 8/12/2013, 2:25 PM
Just please die down on the humor this time! Thor was pretty good but they were really pushing the jokes in that movie.

Marvel already has their general audience so now's the time to get down to business!
SimyJo - 8/12/2013, 2:27 PM
Loki'n forward to it!.
jlabatman - 8/12/2013, 2:28 PM
Time for Lady Sif to beat that ass!
IM53 - 8/12/2013, 2:42 PM
Hey girl....Can I hit that? Talk syfy after?
TheRationalNerd - 8/12/2013, 2:43 PM

They already posted it earlier today, they probably didn't want to put it on main because of how fast it would've probably got taken down.
ruadh - 8/12/2013, 2:43 PM
"Just please die down on the humor this time! Thor was pretty good but they were really pushing the jokes in that movie.

Marvel already has their general audience so now's the time to get down to business!"

The general audience isn't guaranteed though, nor are they guaranteed for multiple viewings, which is why movies like Iron Man 3 and Avengers did so well. So if having touches of humor throughout are how they're going to get people to want to fill the seats more than once, then that's what they're going to have to do.

I'm VERY excited about Thor 2, but also really interested to see how it does in the box office. It's the first non-Iron Man MCU sequel, so it's time to see if their sequels always perform better than their previous installment, or if that's just for movies with RDJ.
OldBenKenobi - 8/12/2013, 2:46 PM
Blah. Gritty is one of those words that's gotten used to death like "epic" and "awkward". At any rate I'm hoping this movie is great.
OnLeatherWings - 8/12/2013, 2:51 PM
Why are there no marvel fan boys complaining about the "gritty" nature of this movie....???
ItsATrap - 8/12/2013, 2:53 PM
Can anyone actually define "gritty"? it's been thrown around to describe literally every movie that's come out since Batman Begins, and only because that was described as "gritty" and people are trying to use that to their advantage. and most of those movies aren't at all similar tonally with Begins.
what the hell is a gritty!?!?
HelaGood - 8/12/2013, 2:57 PM
dont like her at all... not one bit
TheRationalNerd - 8/12/2013, 3:00 PM

I know that that's the reason why they did so well and I still enjoyed them as well however I think that there's more to these heroes than just that. I'm looking at how they say this film is going to be grittier and when it comes to gritty films i don't look for much except for something that actually makes me think that the heroes/hero are really [fricked] by whomever the antagonist may be.

The destroyer was a huge joke to be honest. The cgi and battle was pathetic. If it wasn't for Loki the entire film would've been a laugh box.

I know that marvel has the cash to keep these films coming but I want to see more emotion thrown into these films!
Amazing512 - 8/12/2013, 3:05 PM
@darrking thank you kind sir
RorMachine - 8/12/2013, 3:13 PM
ItsATrap, it usually means a bit darker, maybe more realistic, definitely more violent or disturbing.
SnapperCarr - 8/12/2013, 3:13 PM
Looking forward to this but GotG looks way more epic:
BlackFlash - 8/12/2013, 3:15 PM
Holy shit Rocket and Groot!!
BlackFlash - 8/12/2013, 3:16 PM
I've got tears in my eyes that looks so badass
BlackFlash - 8/12/2013, 3:20 PM
GOTG Footage:


Ramiel - 8/12/2013, 3:20 PM
November, get here pronto!
TheWolverine08 - 8/12/2013, 3:26 PM
@Blackandyellow DAMN! What's her name?
BlackFlash - 8/12/2013, 3:28 PM
@TheWolerine, Jaquelyn Linette Xavier aka JLX
JettJagguarrr - 8/12/2013, 3:30 PM
The In-Laws.....never liked mines either.
JoJo1982 - 8/12/2013, 3:32 PM

The Dark Knight Trilogy and Avatar didnt have any humor
and that made billions. Marvel doesnt havent to put alot of humor in all their films, it would take the seriousness out of films. General Audience will start thinking how funny Marvel movies are.... we cant have that
EasternWind - 8/12/2013, 3:49 PM
She doesn't hit me as a very good interviewee. Always seems a bit awkward.
Aaaanyways I can't wait for this film! "Gritty" may be an overused term, but it's just the tone Thor needed.
JoJo1982 - 8/12/2013, 3:54 PM
lmao Iron Man 3 was no way near darker than Dark Knight movies.

thats like comparing the Mandarin(trevor) to The Joker

on who's a dark charcter
mdwilliamson24 - 8/12/2013, 4:06 PM
Natalie is having a grand ol' time!
Glad she is on board with this movie.
JoJo1982 - 8/12/2013, 4:15 PM

so what does that mean
TheRationalNerd - 8/12/2013, 4:18 PM

Besides "Stark killing everyone left and right" you can find the rest of that on Family Guy! lol
Jollem - 8/12/2013, 4:22 PM
"It's a lot darker in tone maybe, but still quite epic and entertaining."

like, man of steel style? lets see if ya can do it, marvel studios
TheWolverine08 - 8/12/2013, 4:23 PM
@Jollem Man of Steel wasn't "epic".
TheWolverine08 - 8/12/2013, 4:24 PM
Iron Man 3 was quite dark, but it mixed it with humor, which kind of killed it.
TheWolverine08 - 8/12/2013, 4:26 PM
If the hero isn't grunting, growling, and brooding, it isn't dark to you guys. Lol.
Jollem - 8/12/2013, 4:28 PM
@The08 - lots of things were epic about it
JoJo1982 - 8/12/2013, 4:33 PM

meh i never thought IM3 was dark, the comedy(the mandarin, the kid, and iron man 42) in it kindve took the dark tone away from the movie. When it comes out in the redbox I'll prolly check out again but other than that.... not a dark movie.

JoJo1982 - 8/12/2013, 4:42 PM

Lmao...its funny cause its true!!!!

Dark Knight you got Ras Al Ghul, Scarecrow, JOKER, Two-Face, and Bane
that did more killing then i dont know what.

Iron Man side you got Iron Monger, Whiplash, and Trevor
that prolly have less kills then the Joker alone
TheWolverine08 - 8/12/2013, 4:44 PM
@BlackJack10 Agreed about Iron Man 1's tone being perfect.
JoJo1982 - 8/12/2013, 4:48 PM

Tony Stark=Mel Gibson
James Rhodey=Danny Glover
Pepper Potts=Rene Russo
Mandarin(trevor)=Joe Pesci, lmao
TheWolverine08 - 8/12/2013, 4:50 PM
@Batmaniac I never said Iron Man 3 was great, I just said that it was dark, but it nullified it a bit with a little too much humor. I agree that MOS is good, but calling it *epic* is bullshit. I don't "agree" with Marvelites at all.

I agree with Marvel fans, but I don't endorse everything about Marvel, which is why while I think Iron Man 3 had a dark tone, I still don't like it.

I don't blindly endorse studios CBMs if they aren't good, but if I see a biased person like Jollem haing on a particular studio, I'll call them out. If that is why you want to label me as "inconsistent", so be it.
alecwright - 8/12/2013, 4:59 PM
TheWolverine: "Man of Steel wasn't epic"

What does that even mean?
TheWolverine08 - 8/12/2013, 5:00 PM
@alecwright If you speak English, I think my sentence should be clear to you.
JoJo1982 - 8/12/2013, 5:00 PM
Yeah, Jon Favreau was somewhat setting up the Mandarin in IM and IM2 to be a big threat coming into toy stark life but the pay off in IM3 was a big F U.

I hope Thor himself give us some off the wall fight scenes in Thor 2. The movie looks like its becoming a Loki the movie guest starring Thor

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