The Marvel Cinematic Universe is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. However, one actress is hoping to make her return to the franchise.
Paging Doctor Jane Foster
Black Swan actress Natalie Portman has revealed that she wants to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"I'm completely open to everything, but I have no news about that," Portman said to Screen Rant.
Many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans would point out that it has been five years since that Portman's Doctor Jane Foster interacted with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in Thor: The Dark World.
The Exit Door
Screen Rant stated that Portman allegedly left the Thor film series after her director of choice, Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins, did not direct the second chapter of the Thor franchise. The Hollywood Reporter found out through sources that not only Jenkins was terminated without any warning, but Portman also campaigned heavily for Jenkins to become the very first female director to direct a superhero film.
However, while Marvel Studios did everything it could to satisfy Portman, the Star Wars prequel series actress left after Thor: The Dark World.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe Update
Portman's commentary to Screen Rant comes at an opportune time for the actress as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to roll out incredible opportunities to commemorate their tenth anniversary.
One anniversary milestone that took the internet by storm was the official Marvel class photo. The photo featured over 80 actors, creators, directors, and screenwriters who were responsible for the film franchise's success. Fans were able to pick out Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and legendary comic book luminary Stan Lee in the photo.
Another actor that was in the class photo was Chadwick Boseman. The 42 and Get On Up actor is portraying Black Panther in the upcoming solo film, which is expected to be dropped early in selected theatres on Thursday, Feb. 15, and will officially be in theatres nationwide on Friday, Feb. 16. Boseman is also scheduled to reprise the role in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
In addition to both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios is also releasing Ant-Man and the Wasp. The production company dropped the first official trailer on Jan. 30 and fans were immediately impressed with the film. The sequel is expected to focus on the relationship between Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and is scheduled to be released on July 6.
Natalie Portman's Current Activities
While it may be a minute until Portman returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Portman is promoting her latest movie, Annihilation.
She is also helping promote the #MeToo Movement and has been a strong advocate for the Time's Up Campaign.
She also blasted the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for not including a single female director at this year's Golden Globe Awards.
Enstars reached out to Marvel Studios and the Walt Disney Company for a comment.