The first reviews of Thor: Ragnarok hit the net hours ago, and they are phenomenal. With an impressive score of 98%, the folks at Rotten Tomatoes cannot help but suggest the MCU has reached its peak. Such positivity has many fans reaching back to an interesting statement Marvel President, Kevin Feige made during an interview with Movies.com on Wednesday. When asked about the possibility of a Lady Thor movie Feige replied:
“We always look back to the comics to get those ideas … sometimes very specific storylines like “Civil War,” sometimes just nuggets or characters like “Planet Hulk.” So anything that’s happened in the comics, even a female Thor, become great potentials and the ideas from which future movies can be born.”
While no one is arguing that the MCU needs to improve on female representation in its films, is a Lady Thor film the way to go?
My answer, in short, is no. At least, not yet.
With Thor: Ragnarok just days away from theatres, the buzz surrounding the character is understandable—especially when coupled with the arrival of Cate Blanchett as Hella, and Karl Urban as Skurge. Early reviews for Ragnarok aside, public reception for Thor’s solo films has remained consistently tepid when compared to other Marvel mainstays. Theories for this lag span the nine worlds. However, dragging plots, and inconsistent character development remain common complaints. (Darcy played a better leading lady than Jane in The Dark World, just saying.)
Some go so far as to blame Thor himself. They claim that Odinson’s tendency to be aloof and distant doomed the character long before Hemsworth donned the helmet. All of this seems to support the notion that Mjǫllnir may fair better with a which begs the question; who is the goddess of thunder?
The answer has been ours to discover since 2014. In Vol. 4 issue one of Thor, we learn that she is none other than Dr. Blake’s on again off again girlfriend, Jane Foster. The problems with translating this onto the big screen should become apparent immediately.
Problem one: Natalie Portman. The actress has stated, rather emphatically, that she finished with Marvel studios for the foreseeable future. Assuming a Lady Thor movie got the green light, it is unlikely that she would be willing to reprise the role. Moreover, you should not need the eye of a skilled critic to see that she lacked interest in her character. While I respect Mrs. Portman and her work, she would not do the character justice; which brings me to my second point.
Problem two: Jane Foster is a relative unknown outside of the comics. I get it. Solo movies are intended to introduce a character to a broader audience. In this case, Jane Foster’s movie persona would require a total rewrite, or as is more likely the case with the MCU, her adventures as Thor would go to another woman. Offhand, the most logical choice for this mer
ging would be Valkyrie who just so happens to be making her MCU debut in Ragnarok. (Coincidence? Maybe not).
Solution: While I am in no place to tell Kevin Feige how to run his company, I can urge Patience among the fans. Remember, Captain Marvel is slated and confirmed for 2019.
In the meantime, Mr. Feige, I can think of another Marvel woman who deserves her own film. Bethany Killian