The "mystery member" of Marvel Comics' Exiles team has been revealed, and it is none other than Thor mainstay Valkyrie. More specifically, it is an iteration of the classic character that is based on how she appeared in last year's highly successful Thor: Ragnarok.
Though the character is not connected to her MCU counterpart (or continuity), she will be very much based on Tessa Thompson's portrayal of the Marvel legend. Director Taika Waititi took a different approach to Valkyrie, with the long blonde locks of warrior princess Brunnhilde giving way to Thompson's alcohol-soaked, bounty hunter/fallen angel. Her history made it clear that she was still a Valkyrie, just not that Valkyrie.
Exiles will be written by Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt) with art by Javier Rodriguez, and some of the first images can be seen in the tweet below:
In addition, Saladin Ahmed has tweeted a few words on this character coming to comics, saying that she is "a bit different from what we've seen in comics thus far. Our Valkyrie is known as the Lone Defender of Asgard, and she's a tankard-draining, maiden-wooing, giant-slaying thunderbolt of a woman." He goes on to clarify that she is not from the MCU, but is very much based on the "swagger" that Tessa Thompson brought to the role.
One thing that would seem to be clear based on the tweet above is that Tessa Thompson's assertion of Valkyrie's bisexuality will be addressed — an aspect of the character that was never made explicit in the film.
This is not the first time that a film version of a character has influenced the way the comics depict them. Nick Fury himself was a white man when he first appeared, until the Ultimates line changed it up and depicted him as looking a lot like Samuel L. Jackson. When Jackson went on to play the role in the MCU (appearing in the very first post-credits scene), the Jackson version of Fury became the way the character was depicted across all of Marvel's various titles. It's too early to tell if that will be the case with Thompson's Valkyrie, but her on-screen popularity suggests that there is huge interest in this new take on the character.
Exiles #1 will swagger its way onto the stands on April 11, 2018. Will you be reading it? Let us know in the comments.