So, I’ll be honest. When I first read the synopsis for Thor 2: The Dark World, I was kind of disappointed. (Thor going deeper into space?! What about Jane! What about EARTH! He’s barely had time to even form any kind of connection to Earth OR Jane and now he’s going to some OTHER planet?!)
But that was before I saw these stills, one of which appears to be Thor and Jane in Asgard.
Now, we all know that at the end of the first Thor movie, [SPOILERS for Thor and Avengers AHOY] we saw a tragic, grieving Thor — not just for the loss of Loki, but also for the loss of Jane, with the destruction of Bifrost. It was a bittersweet finish, and we were left with the knowledge that Jane was searching for Thor, determined to reach him. And Thor, in turn, had promised to return to her.
And then AVENGERS happened, and suddenly, Thor was magicked to Earth to go after Loki, which made the end of the first Thor movie and all the heartbreak totally just… well. I don’t want to say it was a cheat, but it certainly makes that ending much less powerful to know that Thor had other ways to reach Earth, and Jane just wasn’t important enough to make Thor utilize them. And not only that, but during AVENGERS, Thor snubs her. We get one passing reference to Jane being moved to safety by SHIELD and Thor thanking them, but that’s it. Nothing else. And if I were Jane? Hooooo Boy would Thor be in hot water with me, if after whooping Loki, he didn’t even check in to explain his extended absence. (I can certainly understand that he had his hands full BEFORE whooping Loki and the alien invaders, but you’re telling me he could not give her five minutes before he magicked them both back to Asgard with the cosmic cube?)
You can see my dilemma, I’m sure. I want to love Thor, but he is clearly not a reliable love interest for Jane, and “demigod” (seriously Marvel why?!) or not, I really hope she’s more caught up in the science of simply finding Asgard than she is in pining after Thor I-can’t-be-bothered-to-stop-in-and-say-hi Odinson.
And all I can think now is “PLEASE let Jane have found her way there on her own through science!” because this is the dream I’m dreaming —
Jane arrives by some incredible “I’m going to go ahead and test this on my self” experiment, and wandering around in a total fish-out-of-water role reversal. Maybe this is when the bad guy is introduced, in some big throw down, which she just HAPPENS to get caught up into, and maybe Thor drives them back, then turns around and sees Jane, distracting him completely from the fight, and maybe even resulting in some injury because seriously he deserves a punch in the face by now, and once some bad guy (or bad guy’s minions) are defeated, Thor whisks Jane off to the palace, and Jane being Jane ABSOLUTELY INSISTS she is NOT returning back home yet, and Thor is NOT running off to do battle with anyone WITHOUT HER this time, after the epic fail of his last promise to see her again. AND! maybe Jane has the answer to how to fix Bifrost, too, and actually has something to contribute to these so-far-beyond-humans-they-seem-like-gods people.
Because look, you can’t tell me that Thor and Jane at odds with one another, and that being-at-odds-with-one-another aggravated further by Loki, who is more than happy to encourage more discord between them, wouldn’t make for an interesting dynamic between them. And you can’t tell me that Jane wouldn’t be DYING to get her hands on Asgardian Tech, and start taking things apart and putting them back together again. And SERIOUSLY, I SO want to see her in a position of power and agency, in her element, able to contribute to something beyond just Thor’s personality. What if Jane holds the technological key to defeating the Dark Elves?
Now, the odds of any of this being the plot Marvel has gone with are probably infinitesimal but it doesn’t stop me from hoping. The USA Today article talks about how Thor is going to have to ask Loki for help (and how is Jane going to feel about THAT, after what Loki just did to Earth? More conflict! GUYS COME ON DO NOT LEAVE ME HANGING THERE IS SO MUCH TO WORK WITH!) but there is absolutely no reason, to my mind, why Jane can’t contribute something great here too, and all the better if she does it in spite of Thor’s protests along the way.
I am dreaming the dream, and actually starting to get excited about this movie — so let’s just hope whatever Marvel DOES do, it won’t disappoint.