Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment in Marvel’s Thor franchise, will introduce a host of new characters, including Asgardian warrior, Valkyrie, portrayed by actress Tessa Thompson.
This role will mark the first time that Thompson has worked with director Taika Waititi, but she was already familiar with and a fan of his work prior to filming. Thompson says she has seen Waititi’s What We Do In The Shadows multiple times. The 34-year-old actress was very excited for the New Zealand director to be able to helm the latest Marvel movie:
“With this film they really wanted Ragnarok to really feel like what Ragnarok means, which is the destruction of the old and the birth of the new. It needed to have a filmmaker that feels very singular, you needed to have someone who was going to really shake up the tone. If you look at Taika’s work he’s such an auteur and so funny, his humour is really specific. I’m just happy that Marvel let him make a Taika Waititi-ish Marvel movie.”
Thompson enjoyed the process of ad-libing lines, encouraged by Waititi. She also discussed how the development of her character was a joint effort between herself and the director:
“It was quite collaborative but [Taika] and I got on from the minute we met each other. He pitched Valkyrie as sort of the Han Solo over the movie and so I sort of knew the space that she wanted to occupy, and we wanted to subvert any sort of cliches in our portrayal of her. I say ‘ours’ because he was really integral to that.”
Thompson and Waititi wanted Valkyrie to stand out from the other Marvel Cinematic Universe female heroes. She’s tough, hard-drinking and more than equal to the men in the movie.
Directed by Taika Waititi, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. Here’s the official synopsis:
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok“, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladictorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!
Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters on November 3, 2017.
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