In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Natalie Portman has revealed that her time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is at an end.
"As far as I know, I’m done. I mean, I don’t know if maybe one day they’ll ask for an Avengers 7 or whatever, I have no idea. But as far as I know, I’m done. It was a great thing to be a part of."
Even though Portman's comments remain unconfirmed by Marvel, it doesn't come as a complete surprise as earlier this year Kevin Feige revealed that Portman wouldn't be starring in Thor Ragnarok. At the time, Feige commented that "there are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie" and that "80 to 90 percent takes place in the cosmos.” Even with limited time spent in this realm, you'd think that Portman would be contractually obligated to make a cameo.
It's no secret that Portman wasn't happy that Patty Jenkins (Monster) exited directing duties on Thor: The Dark World. Portman was said to be so upset by Marvel's decision that she wanted to end her contract with the studio. Unlike many of supporting Marvel characters, Portman hasn't appeared in any of the other movies and was only briefly mentioned in both Avengers. While it might just be a creative decision, it does seem odd that there's no place in the MCU for Jane Foster. Would it be that inconceivable for her to pop up in a Doctor Strange sequel?
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban and Mark Ruffalo brings Hulk to the party. Directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows), Thor Ragnarok is released in UK cinemas on October 27, 2017.