Thor: Ragnarok showed us the tales of many heroes, one being that of the warrior Valkyrie. Tessa Thompson filled the role of the battle-driven Asgardian warrior, and she was without a doubt one of the best parts of the movie. Essentially, she was like the Hancock of the Marvel Universe.
In the movie, Thor helped her resurrect the warrior within after spending years working as a mercenary in order to hide from her traumatic past.
Many loyal comic book fans voiced that although they loved how the character was written, it was a very different portryal from her comic book counter part.
That being said, Marvel has announced that a Thompson-inspired version of Valkyrie will soon be making her official comics debut in the publisher’s new Exiles series.
Written by Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt) and illustrated by Javier Rodriguez, Exiles features a diverse team of superheroes assembled from across dimensions to save the multiverse from terrible threats. Led by the portal-opening mutant Blink (currently portrayed by Jaime Chung on The Gifted), the team boasts an eclectic lineup. There’s Khan, an alternate version of Ms. Marvel from a dark future; Iron Lad, a younger version of the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror first introduced in Young Avengers; and even a cute cartoonish version of Wolverine, from the X-Babies (think the Muppet Babies, but with adamantium claws). Valkyrie is the fifth and final piece of the puzzle.
Saladin Ahmed is extremely excited for this new series, and is ready to share the story of Valkyrie with the world:
“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 kickass ancient fantasy hero operating in contemporary New York City. She’s a classic Marvel heroine. But 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.”
The first issue of Exiles hits stores April 11.