Marvel is dropping its third Thor flick, Thor: Ragnarok in Nov. and it looks like Tessa Thompson is the film’s lucky charm.
Thor: Ragnarok follows the Asgardian God (Chris Hemsworth) who finds himself imprisoned in Sakaar, a futuristic place which lies on the other side of the universe. Directed by Taika Waititi, the trailer opens with Thor losing his hammer Mjolnir. He gets captured and has his iconic golden hair cut off before being forced into the battle of his life. Luckily, Thompson’s Valkyrie comes riding in on a white winged horse to save the day. If you were trying to figure out where Thor was during Captain America: Civil War, here is your answer. Desperate to survive and to free his world from the sinister Hela (Cate Blanchett) aka The Goddess of Death, Thor finds himself going head to head with The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) — gladiator style. Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s estranged brother, also makes a grand appearance in this film.
Thompson stepping into the franchise as Valkyrie marks a shift in a predominantly white and male-dominated industry. “When we meet her, and she meets Thor in Sakaar, I can’t really say much about what she’s doing there but she does have a relationship with Jeff Goldblum’s character [Grandmaster] — it’s a business relationship. She finds Thor and brings Thor to the Grandmaster thinking he might be of interest. The rest is a secret,” the 33-year old told Entertainment Weekly.
With projects like Creed, Selma and most recently HBO’s Westworld under her belt, Thompson is certainly a modern marvel who refuses to let race or gender define which roles she tackles.
Idris Elba also joins Thompson, Hemsworth and Ruffalo in the film as Heimdall—the Asgardian sentry.
Thor: Ragnarok drops Nov. 3.