Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie was one of the best characters in Thor: Ragnarok and Marvel has taken notice. The publisher has included a Thompson-inspired version of Valkyrie in their new comic series Exiles.
Thompson’s version of Valkyrie differs from other portrayals of the character. In the film, the character is a battle-scarred warrior who does not have the easiest time in life right now. She uses mercenary work to distract her from all the traumatic events in her past. However, she ends up holding it together and becoming the kick-butt fighter she was destined to be as she goes up against villainous Hela.
valkyrie can murder me with that gun any day pic.twitter.com/7k6rAjo5PW— anna (@natasharomanoff) January 10, 2018
Saladin Ahmed is writing the Exiles series. He has described the comics as “a story about a diverse team of superheroes assembled from across dimensions to save the multi-verse from terrible threats.”
The series will include several superheroes that fans are already familiar with. Blink the portal opening mutant, Khan a darker version of Ms. Marvel, Iron Lad a younger version of the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror and cartoon-like version of Wolverine that is from X-Babies. Valkyrie is the fifth character confirmed for the series and is also the final superhero.
“The Exiles version of Valkyrie 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. Though she’s not technically from the Marvel Cinematic Universe reality, she’s basically the literalization of the larger-than-her-physical-frame swagger that Tessa Thompson displayed in Thor: Ragnarok, turned up to 11.” Ahmed said in a statement about how he choice this version of the character.
Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is making her way to comics! Her portrayal caught the eye of Exiles series creator, who has been a big fan of the character in general.
And so here is our team: Blink (AoA), Iron Lad (pre-Young Avengers), Khan (once known as Ms. Marvel), Wolvie (of the Adorable X-Babies), and Valkyrie, Last Defender of Asgard. It's going to be a wild ride!— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) January 8, 2018
EXILES #1 hits stores APRIL 11! pic.twitter.com/GHCTU5ktfz
“Valkyrie’s a character who’s always appealed to me. Her iconic warrior-woman look — spear! sword! flying horse! — but also the juxtaposition of a kick-ass ancient fantasy hero operating in contemporary New York City. She’s a classic Marvel heroine.” Ahmed revealed in a statement about the series.
Exiles will hit stores April 11, 2018.
What do you think about Thompson’s version of the Valkyrie appearing in the new Marvel comic series?