There's something different about this Marvel Cinematic Universe character in Thor: Ragnarok
While pretty much everyone can't wait to see the return of Chris Hemsworth and his army of six packs in the upcoming Thor film, we're pretty excited for the actresses in the sequel. We love it when Cate Blanchett plays dirty — in Thor: Ragnarok, she slips into the role as the villainous Hela, who's raining pure evil much to the dismay of Hemsworth's Thor and Mark Ruffalo's The Hulk. Amid all the chaos, a heroine rises, and it's none other than American actress Tessa Thompson.
You've already seen the 34-year-old in the small screen as Charlotte Hale in Westworld — but she's recently risen up the ranks and kicking ass, big-time, as Valkyrie. While the goddess is originally portrayed with blonde hair, the Asgard (Thor's homeland) native was given the diversity card by Kiwi director Taika Waititi (who's also behind What We Do In The Shadows). According to Waititi, he casted Thompson as the perfect actress to elevate the role to a strong, independent character. Similarly, the character in the comics is known for her strength and endurance in battle.
But what's gotten the attention of fans is Valkyrie's vague sexuality. In the comics, she's had romantic relationships with women (the archeologist Annabelle Riggs) and men alike (Thor and Agent Venom). Thompson herself has taken to Twitter to address the issue, in response to backlash from a Twitter troll who described Thompson's characterisation as "typical sexless marvel tomboy". Next!
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) October 23, 2017
Check out Thompson in the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok below.
Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok opens in theatres on 26 October. Check out last week's #WomanCrushWednesday.