Last year’s San Diego Comic-Con gave fans one of the greatest surprises when Natalie Portman walked on stage and announced her return as Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder. Nobody really expected Portman to reprise the part following her less-than-stellar experience with Marvel Studios. The fact that Natalie Portman would actually wield Mjolnir in the film was an even bigger shock than anything else. However, can this same weapon that gives her power, be the cause of her cancer? Let’s have a close look at this:
Jane Foster’s cancer in the comics:
In the comics, Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thor was at her side during this every step of the way, especially during her chemo treatment. Thor’s ability to wield the magical hammer Mjolnir deteriorated throughout this period. Meanwhile, when Jane Foster encountered the Asgardian Gods, she discovered the hammer and was able to lift it, transforming herself into the first female Thor. However, she kept her newly-acquired abilities hidden from the rest of the world. The only drawback to her superpowers was that, because chemo is essentially poison when she transitioned into Thor, all of her treatment was expelled from her system. She was immune to cancer when she was Thor. However, it caused Jane to keep getting sicker and sicker in reality.
Marvel’s hint at the cancer storyline:
A web auction for an official imitation of the Mighty Thor’s helmet from Thor: Love and Thunder has provided new information about Natalie Portman’s role in the movie. Jane will be “battling cancer in her human form” and simultaneously confronting the supernatural Gorr in his heavenly form, according to the complete listing from Marvel and Eaglemoss.
It states: “Suffering from cancer, astrophysicist and Thor’s ex-girlfriend, Jane Foster, visited New Asgard and her life was changed forever. Mysteriously, the broken pieces of Mjolnir, the hammer of the thunder god, transformed her into the Mighty Thor and gifted her the superpowers of Thor, to battle threats internal and external. Wielding Mjolnir herself, she had become a godly protector and a new hero was born! With the help of Thor, Valkyrie, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Mighty Thor was faced by the powerful Gorr, the God Butcher. With divine powers himself, Gorr was driven to rid the universe of gods wherever he found them. Battling cancer in her human form and Gorr in her godly form, Jane Foster was embroiled in an epic struggle with plenty of love and thunder!”
All exact details will be revealed when Thor: Love and Thunder hits cinemas on July 8, 2022.