Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were left wondering as to the official status of Thor and Jane Foster, which Avengers: Age of Ultron hinted was on the rocks. With Natalie Portman's Foster not part of Thor: Ragnarok many assumed the pair had officially broken up.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously stated that due to Thor's role patrolling the cosmos, a long-distance relationship just wasn't feasible. Screen Rant confirmed this on a set visit, along with the revelation that when the movie begins, Thor has spent years patrolling in pursuit of the Infinity Stones and Thanos since his visions of universe-level threats in AoU. Asked if this meant he and Foster were over as a result of his new duties, star Chris Hemsworth elaborated on the situation, saying, "Umm, no we have this, we have some… some very respectable fun with how that relationship may have come to an end [Laughs]."
With Foster out of the picture, does that mean Valkyrie will be Thor's new love interest? "It's like Thor’s meeting his hero! And he's absolutely smitten by her and because of her history, and being a Valkyrie and all of that," Hemsworth enthused. "But she's also this beautiful woman so he's kind of caught off guard. And she can, you know, she could beat the s*** out of him if she wanted. So I think he hasn't come up against that very often."
"It certainly wasn't the case with Jane," Hemsworth continued. "There was a whole different affection and love there. So that was another, you know, 'How can we make that different from the previous one?'" While his relationship with his fellow Asgardian could involve some romance, it's also as likely it'll simply be a working one, leaving room for the Odinson to further explore his relationship with Foster, especially as Portman hasn't ruled out a return to the MCU.
Arriving Nov. 3, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.