An alternate universe version of Tessa Thompson’s take on Valkyrie from Thor: Ragnarok is joining the Marvel Comics Universe, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe actress couldn’t be more excited to hear that news.
A few days ago, it was revealed in a press release by Marvel that Exiles, a series that features characters from across Marvel’s multiverse working as a team, will feature a new iteration of Valkyrie based on the version seen in Thor: Ragnarok. While Valkyrie already exists in the comics as a blonde and blue-eyed warrior named Brunnhilde, it should be noted that Tessa Thompson’s Valkryie is never officially given a name outside of her identity (as the Valkyries are what elite Asgardian soldiers are referred to in the MCU instead of a single character using that name as an alias). So Brunnhilde and Valkyrie can be seen as two separate characters, even ignoring the fact that this new Valkyrie isn’t from the same reality as the original Brunnhilde.
Thompson learned of this news, and was very pleased, posting a video of herself in costume dancing around to celebrate:
when you find out she’s in the comics— pic.twitter.com/LUy00JWRpD
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) January 12, 2018
It’s great to see the comics pull stuff from the movies, and it’s also great that we’ll get to enjoy two different iterations of this character in the comics without either being detrimental to the other. But clearly, one person is happier than anyone else to hear this news, and rightfully so.
Ragnarok‘s cast includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, Mark Ruffalo as Doctor Bruce Banner (The Hulk), Tesssa Thompson as Valkyrie, Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin Borson, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Karl Urban as Skurge, Jeff Goldblum as En Dwi Gast (The Grandmaster), Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson, Cate Blanchett as Hela, and Clancy Brown as Surtur.
Thor: Ragnarok is still playing in theaters.