Jane is a strong determined woman, with an obstinate will and an independent spirit. She is also slightly quirky and can have a feisty attitude if provoked.
She firmly believes that scientists have been invested with the mission of searching the truth and loyally follows this idealism. She possesses a deep knowledge for her study field, astrophysics, and of her peers, she single-handedly came the closest to discovering the existence of Asgard by studying the wormhole-like traces left by the use of the Bifrost Bridge.
Jane is an astrophysicist, studying wormholes with Erik Selvig and Darcy Lewis. When Jane's computer catches the formation of a wormhole, Jane and her team decide to investigate, unaware that their wormhole was actually the Bifrost Bridge. Foster drove into the storm and hit a man who had mysteriously appeared in the storm. After the storm, Jane, Selvig, and Darcy ran out to check on the man, hoping he wasn't dead which thankfully he wasn't. As the man who revealed himself to be Thor Odinson and exclaimed for Heimdall to open the Bifrost, Jane and her team, believing him to be crazy took him to the hospital after Darcy tasered him. The two had an intense attraction in the short time they were together, and through Jane, Thor learned the value of humility and the heroic nature of humanity.
Although she didn't appear in The Avengers herself, her picture was shown in a monitor when it was mentioned by Coulson to Thor that she is taken to safety; he states that she was sent to work at a museum in Tromsø, Norway, all expenses apparently paid.
- “We're from different worlds, maybe they were separate for a reason.”
- ―Jane Foster [src]
After being separated since Thor’s first visit to Earth, Jane has moved on with her life… but now finds herself pulled into Thor’s world once again by an ancient evil.
While Jane was on a date, Darcy appears to inform her that it was a gravitational anomaly. Despite not wanting to leave her date, Jane accompanies Darcy. During the investigation, Jane is on his own and is lost for four hours, also the Aether entered her body. When Jane scolds Darcy for calling the police, Thor appears. Jane goes to him and slaps to verify that it was he, suddenly a policeman approached them wanting to arrest Jane, the Aether defends Jane. Seeing this, Thor decides to take Jane to Asgard to cure her.
When Odin sees that the strange energy protect Jane, the All-Father tells the story of the dark elves and Aether. Jane asks Odin if there was a way out of her body but he says he does not know. During the attack of the Dark Elves, Malekith asks Jane to give him the Aether but seeing it was an illusion made by Frigga, Algrim kills the Queen of Asgard, after the attack Odin puts into custody Jane.
Thor decides to make a plan to save Asgard and Jane from Malekith, the plan was to freed Loki from his confinement, meanwhile, Sif frees Jane from the Einherjar. In Svartalfheim, Malekith removes the aether from Jane's body, Thor tries to destroy the gem but he failed in his attempt. In Greenwich, Jane with the help of Dr. Selvig and Darcy placed devices to try to control the anomalies.
When Thor defeats Malekith, Jane runs to help him as a Dark Elves' ship fell on him, however, both are saved by Selvig, while in the dark world the ship that Selvig teleported Selvig fell on Malekith, killing the dark elf. Jane was shown sad when Thor went to Asgard, her Darcy tried to cheer her saying that he was going back. In a post-credits scene, Thor returns to Earth and shares a kiss with Jane.
Although Jane does not appear in this film, she is one of the 50% of people who gets killed by Thanos' snap.
During the Time Heist, Thor and Rocket Raccoon travel to an alternate timeline in the year of 2013 to get the Reality Stone from Jane in Asgard. Thor was planned to talk to and distract Jane while Rocket extracts the Aether out of her. However, Thor who had become a drunken slob over his failures was distracted by some Asgardian wine and the sight of his mother. So, Rocket was left to get the Aether out of Jane. He managed to successfully to get it out of her and escaped some guards, allowing him and Thor to travel back to the present in the main timeline with the Aether.
In the main timeline, Jane is resurrected when Hulk uses the Infinity Stones to bring back everyone who was killed by Thanos' snap. After reviving those who perished and defeating an alternate Thanos and his armies, Captain America traveled back in time to return all the Infinity Stones, including the Reality Stone to their places in time, in order to prevent alternate timelines. He managed to return and allow the Reality Stone to be absorbed back into Jane's body.
Jane appears in the animated series, in the episode "What If... Thor Were an Only Child?", voiced by Natalie Portman. Jane suspects weird being from another planet, when she encounters Thor, the son of Odin and the prince of Asgard at his party on Earth. Jane soon develops a crush on Thor and vice versa. Jane and Thor spend time together in Vegas and get matching tattoos as well as enter an official relationship. The episode ends with Thor asking Jane on a date, which she accepts.
Jane will appear in this film and gain the Thor mantle.
Marvel Animated Universe
In "Thor The Mighty", Jane goes with her partner where the Wrecking Crew are attacking, during the attack by supervillains, Jane shows her bravery that draws the attention of Thor. The talk between Jane and Thor was interrupted by Heimdall. When Thor decided to go to Earth, Odin mentioned Jane as a reference that humans can defend themselves.
In "Breakout, Part I", while Jane heals a patient, a car crashes and goes straight to her but Thor prevented this from saving her life. Jane asked Thor if he was following, Thor says yes because he was intrigued by humans. Thor and Jane have a date, the Asgardian tells Jane that his father sleeps a week to renew their powers. Then Jane asks him to go to Asgard, suddenly the Breakout starts.
In "Michael Korvac", Jane makes some tests to Korvac at the request of Wasp.
In "Behold...The Vision", she and Jan were watching a horror movie at the mansion. Suddenly, Vision appears demanding to know the location of Captain America's shield. Seeing as Vision was hurting Wasp, Jane tells the location of the shield, Vision then retires to address Wakanda. Later, Jan told Jane to reconsider not date with superheroes for her safety.
Jane appears in the show's fourth season. Initially, she was assisting the Avengers in building a machine to bring Iron Man back from another dimension. However, when the rest of the original Avengers also get zapped into different dimensions, she is also tasked with finding them while other heroes serve as the Avengers of Earth. Eventually, the original Avengers have returned, and she would aid both teams to stop Loki from causing Ragnarok on Earth. At sometimes later, Jane ended up on Battleworld and became the sheriff of the Westland region. During the battle against the Beyonder, Jane is caught and began to sink into his quicksand trap. In the last moment effort, Thor throws Mjolnir to her, and she was deemed to be worthy, thus received the power and becoming a new, female Thor. After the battle with Loki, Odin bestows her an enchanted Asgardian mace and granted her the name Thunderstrike.
In the backstory for Thor: Treasures of Asgard, Jane curated an exhibit on Asgard and Asgardian relics within Tomorrowland's Tomorrowland Expo Center. This was done in partnership with Asgard's monarchy to promote peace between realms following Loki's attempted global conquest and even had Odin open the bifrost in the centre.
Darcy is one of Jane's closest friends. The two agree on pretty much everything and constantly operate together, though Jane often seems annoyed by Darcy's energy. Darcy also tries to get Jane to relax, joking with her on several occasions and getting a stark variety of reactions to her sense of humor from Jane.
Thor is Jane's love interest, having met and falling in love with each other during Thor's banishment from Asgard. When Thor returned to his home, Jane looked for a way to see him again and became upset that he took so long to come back and visit her. Thor is protective over her and even brought her to Asgard when she was infested by the Aether. Before the Ragnarok, the couple broke up for unknown reasons. According to Thor, they mutually dumped each other.
- In the comics, Jane Foster starts as a nurse, instead of an astrophysicist; the studios wanted to update the character.
- In the post-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World, Jane is portrayed by Elsa Pataky, Chris Hemsworth's wife, in using CGI technology.
- In the first Thor film, Jane mentions her ex-boyfriend named Donald Blake. In the comics, Thor took on that alias on Earth for some time.
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