Jane Foster is an Astrophysicist in Thor Movie

"Your ancestors called it magic, you call it science"- If you saw the San Diego Comic-Con footage of the Thor movie, then you might recognize this quote that Thor says to Jane FosterNatalie Portman, the woman who will bring Jane Foster's character to life, talked to Los Angeles Times about the "new layers to the character" she will be bringing. 

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Back in 1963, Jane Foster was introduced as a nurse who worked for Dr. Donald Blake and according to the LA Time's article she "has been far less memorable than comic book counterparts such as Lois Lane or Mary Jane Watson". 2011's Thor movie will probably change that since Jane Foster will be introduced as an astrophysicist. Natalie Portman explains: 

“I signed on to do it before there was a script. And Ken, who’s amazing, who is so incredible, was like, ‘You can really help create this character.‘ “

 No longer a Nurse
 No longer a Nurse
 ... and she did. Jane Foster's role in the Marvel movie universe goes in an opposite direction than her original comic book counterpart. She goes from being a nurse working alongside Thor's alter ego to "a savvy and skeptical scientist" who stumbles upon a de-powered Thor who has been banished by Odin. Portman studied her character in the comics and then took it to the next level: 

"I got to read all of these biographies of female scientists like Rosalind Franklin who actually discovered the DNA double helix but didn’t get the credit for it. The struggles they had and the way that they thought — 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 she’s 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.’” 

Jane Foster has been in the Marvel Universe for a really long time, yet her characterization is not really notable. (I think Norah Winters might even be more memorable than Jane, and she was introduced in 2008!) I think this is a change in comic book that makes sense, would you agree?  
Source: Los Angeles Times 
-- Geo ( sora_thekey ), long time user, blogger, wiki editor of the Whiskey Media Sites, and 24/7geek