Tessa Thompson Is Revolutionizing The ‘Thor’ Franchise As The Asgardian Warrior, Valkyrie
Tessa Thompson is ready to turn the Asgardian God of Thunder’s world upside down in Thor: Ragnarok.
If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or hell, even if you pay attention to superhero films at all, you know that unlike Iron Man and Captain America, the Thor franchise has struggled to find its footing. With the hulking Australian Chris Hemsworth at the helm, the Thor films have pretty much been all abs, hair and very little action. However, as the MCU heads deep into Phase Three, Thor: Ragnarok is hoping to reinvigorate the lukewarm franchise with Tessa Thompson onboard as Valkyrie.
In the Marvel Comics, Valkyrie has traditionally appeared as a blonde hair, blue-eyed female warrior, but casting Thompson in the role has changed all that. Thor: Ragnarok, director Taika Waititi told Entertainment Weekly, “I’m not obsessed with the idea that you have to cast someone just to tick a box. You should cast people because they’re talented. [With Valkyrie] I wanted to make sure we weren’t making a female character that was boring and pretty. What I wanted was someone who was going to play the opposite and be even more of the ‘guy’ character than the guys. Ultimately I thought Tessa was the best person we found.”
So who exactly is Valkyrie? She’s an elite female warrior from Asgard, and at some point in the comics, she is even a love interest for Thor, which would make sense because Marvel has already announced that Valkyrie will appear in more films. (She needs her standalone movie!) Don’t get it twisted; Valkyrie probably won’t be locking lips with Thor anytime soon. Thompson spoke with EW as well saying she was adamant about not falling into the role of a stereotypical female superhero starting with refusing to wear Valkyrie’s traditional leotard as a costume. She said, “If we were also dedicated to the source material, Valkyrie would potentially be a female Thor, but she’s fighting in basically a bathing suit, which is also absurd. So we had a conversation of, what is a strong look? Like, she should probably be in pants. That probably makes more sense for the kind of work she’s doing. And we had conversations about her sort of feeling like a tomboy and having a certain masculinity about her while still being very much a woman.”
The Westworld actress is only the second major Black character in the Thor franchise following Idris Elba who plays Heimdall. However, with Thompson on board, Zendaya starring in Spider-Man: Homecoming and the forthcoming Black cast and directed Black Pather film which will be released next February, hopefully, it means we will see a lot more brown faces in the MCU. At the very least Thor will have much more riveting storylines.
We’re sure some folks are already bubbling with anger about Thompson’s casting, perhaps she can lend them part of her costume so they can be super mad.
Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters on November 3rd.