A few days ago, it was announced that Creed actress Tessa Thompson had been cast as the God of Thunder’s (Chris Hemsworth) new love interest in Marvel's upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, and that Natalie Portman would not be returning as Jane Foster.
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As per Deadline’s original report, Thompson's character was called “a kind of superhero and will appear in other Marvel films as well” (meaning she could appear in Avengers: Infinity War), so speculations as to which comic-book character she’d be playing ranged from the Enchantress to the Valkyrie.
And now we may have the answer.
According to a new report over at Latino-Review, sources claim (so pinch of salt) that Thompson will indeed play the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Valkyrie.
In the Marvel comics, Valkyrie’s real name is Brunnhilde (she was based on the Norse mythological figure Brynhildr) and was chosen by the All-Father Odin to lead the Valkyrior, the female Asgardian warrior goddesses who roam battlefields to select the dead worthy of Valhalla. She made her first appearances back in December of 1970 in The Avengers #83 and was a longtime member of the Avengers and the Defenders.
Directed by Taika Waititi, the rumored storyline sees Thor going through some trials and tribulations that will see the death of Heimdall (Idris Elba) and set the movie’s stakes. Along with Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston will be back as Loki and Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner/Hulk, who will somehow make his way to Asgard.
A few months ago, Ruffalo compared Thor’s third solo outing as a road trip across the Nine Realms. “It is a universal road movie – that’s where we’re heading,” Ruffalo said, adding, “It’s not where you'd think it will be, so it’s not your classic road movie, but it has that structure, I think.”
Tessa Thompson being cast as the Valkyrie would certainly fit with what we’ve heard of the movie so far, especially in light of the fact that actress Cate Blanchett is rumored to be taking on the role of a “mysterious villain” that we all believe to be Hela (I'm crossing my fingers that she is!), the Asgardian goddess of death and ruler of Hel and Niffleheim who will apparently join with Loki to get Thor banished from Asgard.
What do you think?
Thor: Ragnarok will open in Midgard on Nov. 3, 2017.