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Dr. Jane Foster
Dr. Jane Foster
Portrayed By: Natalie Portman
"'Magic's just science we don't understand yet.' Arthur C. Clarke."An astrophysicist who finds out that a wormhole she's been observing is really the Bifröst Bridge. Helps out Thor, and eventually falls in love with him.
- Adorkable: She's usually a level-headed scientist, but anytime Thor turns on the charm, she turns into a giggling schoolgirl. She's also exhilarated in The Dark World whenever she encounters Asgardian technology.
- Action Survivor: How she deals with gods and robots and The Men in Black.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Not that Jane is in any way unintelligent in the comics, but in the MCU, not only is she an astrophysicist, which is already an extremely hard field on its own, she also has three degrees.
- Badass Bookworm: She relies on her intellect and her inventions when taking part in the action.
- Badass Normal: In a world of gods, aliens, and superheroes, Jane is just a normal person with no enchantments or physical enhancements. Yet she uses her intelligence to solve problems and remains an active part of the conflicts.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's usually easy-going, but she will throw a punch at people who get her mad.
- Brainy Brunette: She is an astrophysicist with three degrees.
- Clarke's Third Law: She quotes it to strengthen her argument about her research, which is admittedly going into less grounded territory.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not very often, but by The Dark World, she reacts like this at times.Darcy: It's okay, we're Americans!
Jane: Is that supposed to make them like us?
- Determinator: It's clear from her very first scene that she's ready to do anything for her research, namely driving directly into a tornado.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She slapped Thor twice, and Loki later. Granted, they probably felt nothing, but she still physically assaulted a pair of gods.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Regarding Jane's motivation in Thor, Natalie Portman explained that her theories about connecting dimensions have her being looked down by the scientific community. If the post-credits scene is anything to go by, she finally got it.Natalie Portman: Everyone thinks she’s on the fringe of science and that she’s this kook, so this is her opportunity to prove herself.
- Full-Name Basis: Even to the non-Asgardians. Selvig and Darcy are the only ones who use First Name Basis with her.
- Gadgeteer Genius: In Thor, she mentions that she built most of her equipment herself.
- Girliness Upgrade: Downplayed and lampshaded early on in The Dark World, complete with her first outfit of the picture incorporating Proper Tights with a Skirt. Later scenes show her wearing something like "Asgardian noblewoman casual wear".
- Girls Need Role Models: Part of the reason why Natalie Portman signed up to play Jane was that she was very enthusiastic about playing a female scientist protagonist.She accepted even before the character was fully defined and helped create her.Natalie Portman:I was like, ‘What a great opportunity, in a very big movie that is going to be seen by a lot of people, to have a woman as a scientist.’ She’s a very serious scientist. Because in the comic shes a nurse and now they made her an astrophysicist. Really, I know it sounds silly, but it is those little things that makes girls think it’s possible. It doesn’t give them a [role] model of ‘Oh, I just have to dress cute in movies.’”
- Hot Scientist: A lovely astrophysicist.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Thor, who is both much taller and broader than her.
- Living MacGuffin: She becomes one for a while in The Dark World after inadvertently becoming the host of the Aether.
- Muggles Do It Better: In The Dark World, the Dark Elves are able to bypass the defenses of the Asguardians, yet they're no match for the gravitic stabilizers that she jury-rigged into field disrupters.
- Neutral Female: In The Dark World, this is averted. The sensors she and Selvig build, combined with the Convergence, come in handy to fight the Elves and save people's lives.
- Nice Girl: One of the clearest examples of the MCU. She's kind, easy-going and quite willing to take part in solving conflicts.
- Odd Friendship: With Darcy, the perky political scientist.
- Only Sane Man: She easily buys into Thor's story, but does so in a scientific way. Her photographs show that Thor was in the Einstein-Rosen bridge, and she points out that it has to lead to somewhere.
- Put on a Bus: SHIELD put her on one to safety before the events of The Avengers; see Real Life Writes the Plot. Then The Bus Came Back and she appears in The Dark World where she's quite miffed that Thor didn't come to see her during his last visit to Earth, and she had to learn about it from the news.
- She's also out for Age of Ultron; apparently she has been kept quite busy with work ever since her work on the convergence took off.
- Real Life Writes the Plot:
- Natalie Portman was pregnant when The Avengers was filming, so Jane only appears as a still photo (and Natalie wanted to come back, too).
- Defied for The Dark World, as the crew delayed filming until she was out of bed rest.
- Relationship Upgrade: To Official Couple with Thor as of the end of The Dark World.
- Real Award, Fictional Character: Thor mentions in Ultron that there people are talking of her winning a Nobel Peace Prize for her work on the convergence.
- Science Hero: In The Dark World, Jane's research and scientific knowledge help to propel the plot forward and ultimately resolve the conflict.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Thor's noble behavior and hand kissing won her over.
Dr. Erik Selvig
Dr. Erik Selvig
Portrayed By: Stellan Skarsgård
"It's not a bad thing finding out that you don't have all the answers. You start asking the right questions."An astrophysicist and college professor working with Jane Foster on studying wormhole anomalies. He suspects Thor of being crazy because he recognize all of his stories from childhood, but in the end helped him out - specifically creating a fake identity for him as "Donald Blake." Was brainwashed by Loki in the Avengers, and is shown to be still affected by the experience in The Dark World.
- Agent Scully: Never believed any of the supernatural aspects of Thor because they sounded too much like the stories he heard as a child. Repeatedly points this out to Jane.
- Bad Liar: In Thor, when he explained about "Dr. Donald Blake" to Coulson, you can tell that Son of Coul easily sees through all his lies.
- Big Damn Heroes: At the end of Dark World, saves Thor and Jane from being crushed by Malekith's ship by using the tech he invented to open a portal above them. As an added bonus, he ends up teleporting it right on top of Malekith, finishing him off for good. Not bad for a guy who had to be busted out of an insane asylum earlier that day.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Loki somehow influences his actions in the stinger of Thor, then gives him the full Chitauri scepter treatment in The Avengers.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Double Subverted. He can definitely hold his liquor, but getting into a drinking contest against the God of Boisterous Bruisers? You lose that one.Thor: We drank, we fought. He made his ancestors proud!
- Cool Old Guy: As shown by his behavior when at the bar with Thor.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He became cooky and silly in Dark World due to his experiences in The Avengers.
- Evil Genius: Of Loki's group in The Avengers, though not by choice.
- Fighting from the Inside: Was doing this when under Loki's control, making his scepter the key to closing the Chitauri portal, as he explains to Black Widow after being broken out by Iron Man.
- For Science!: Gains this sort of glee after Loki mind-controls him.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Becomes unhinged in The Dark World after his brainwashing. On a more mundane level, the undoing of it (getting thrown 30 feet by a small explosion and hitting his head really hard) on a man likely in his sixties probably helped make it worse.
- Hourglass Plot: In both The Avengers and Thor : The Dark World, his experience with cosmic happenings has taken him far away from his rationalist origins.
- Irony: Started as a rationalist, down-to-earth scientist skeptical about mythical resonances to cosmic events, then he eventually becomes a Cloud Cuckoo Lander with his reputation in tatters. He has a "World of Cardboard" Speech about it in Thor : The Dark World after which he becomes functional again.
- Last Name Basis: Gets referred to as Selvig more than Erik.
- Mentor Archetype: To Jane, and later to Thor in Thor as he guides both of them in different ways.
- Naked People Are Funny: In The Dark World he runs around Stone Henge without a scrap of clothing.
- Papa Wolf: Has shades of this towards Jane such as telling Thor not to hurt her. He's also this to Darcy.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: When mind-controlled by Loki.
- Sanity Slippage: In The Dark World due to Having a god take over his mind.
- The Smart Guy: Recruited by Fury to be this for S.H.I.E.L.D.
Portrayed By: Kat Dennings
"I am not dying for six college credits!"A political scientist and intern with astrophysicists Jane Foster and Erik Selvig.
- Adorkable: In a similar, but more open, manner to Jane. A good example is when she's mispronouncing Mjölnir's name, calling it "Myeh-Myuh"
- Big Damn Kiss: Has one of these with Ian after he saves her from dark elves by smashing them with a Convergence-affected car. Ends up dropping him when Jane sees them.
- Brainy Brunette: Like Jane she's a scientist, albeit a political one.
- Brutal Honesty: She tends to say whatever she thinks without worrying about it.Darcy: [trying to comfort Jane about Thor having left] He's gonna come back. Except, you know, last time he was gone for like two years.
- Canon Foreigner: She doesn't appear in the comics, only in the films.
- Combat Pragmatist: She doesn't wait for Thor to finish his boast; she tases him immediately.
- Deadpan Snarker: On occassion, usually as a reaction to Jane's For Science! attitude.Darcy: I am not getting stabbed in the name of science.
- Defensive "What?": After she tazes Thor and Jane and Erik react with horror, she retaliates with: "What?! He was freaking me out!"
- Extraverted Nerd: A political science major and very outspoken and social.
- First Name Basis: She's only referred by her first name.
- Fun Personified: Most of her scenes have her nonchanantly doing or saying something funny.
- Genius Ditz: Doesn't get most of what Jane and Eric talk about, but she's the one to point out that primitive humans could have mistaken people like Thor for gods. She's also the one who spots the Thor-shaped silhouette in Jane's pictures of the Bifröst opening.
- Malaproper: She's completely unable to pronounce "Mjölnir."
- Meganekko: She sometimes wears glasses, which adds to her adorkable nature.
- Moment Killer: She has a habit of interrupting Jane whenever she's trying to have a romantic moment. She is perfectly aware of it and finds it quite funny.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: Political science, not astrophysics. (She became Jane's assistant because she was the only one who applied for the job.)
- OC Stand-in: Since she hasn't done much besides being Plucky Comic Relief, and the movies have intentionally avoided making Kat Dennings into Ms. Fanservice even though she's known to be capable of it, fanfic authors have considerable leeway to create backstory for her and connect her to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (For example, her being Tony Stark's daughter is becoming a popular Epileptic Tree.)
- Odd Friendship: With Jane the calmer and yet also more hotblooded astrophysist
- Plucky Comic Relief: From the tasing to the 'pretty cut' line, she has comedy covered.
- Static Stun Gun: Tases a Brought Down to Normal Thor.
Portrayed By: Jonathan Howard
Film Appearances: Thor: The Dark WorldDarcy's intern in Thor: The Dark World. Mostly gets dragged around with no idea of what's going on and made to carry things.
- Big Damn Heroes: Helps the other scientists set up the sensors to counter the Convergence, and saves Darcy from a troop of dark elves by smashing them with a floating car.
- Big Damn Kiss: With Darcy, during the climax.
- Blatant Lies: When trying to convince the receptionist at the mental hospital that he's Eric's son.
- Butt Monkey: Gets bossed around by Darcy a lot.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's generally just referred to as Intern. "It's Ian..."
- Expy: An Adorkable English guy who gets bossed around the whole time, gets one chance to demonstrate his heroism, and wins the girl in the end? Did Rory miss a turn and wind up with the wrong Doctor?
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