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When news broke earlier this week that Creed star Tessa Thompson would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thor: Ragnarok, details regarding her role were pretty scarce aside from Deadline saying she would be a "kind of superhero." If the current rumors surrounding Thompson's casting are to be believed, her character will be quite the game-changer for the Thor franchise and Marvel at large.
Thompson is rumored to be playing the (definitely awesome) Valkyrie, according to the Latino Review. Valkyrie, of course, is usually depicted as a white woman with blonde hair in the Marvel comic incarnation. The character, created by John Buscemi and Roy Thomas in 1970, is loosely based on the mythological figure Brynhildr.
Initial reports of Thompson's Thor: Ragnarok casting were paralleled by rumors that she would play Chris Hemsworth's love interest, with the goal of keeping her character around for future Marvel films. With this latest development, all (or some) of that could change.
As for the actual vibes and feels of the surely profitable sequel, plot details remain practically nonexistent. "I'll take the second film and just add some jokes to that," director Taika Waititi told the Wrap back in January of his plans for Thor: Ragnarok. "Just fill it with jokes." Thompson is expected to join co-stars Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jamie Alexander, Mark Ruffalo, and Hemsworth for production in July. The film, the third entry in the Thor franchise, hits theaters on Nov. 3, 2017.