Tessa Thompson has reportedly joined Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok in a role that would be replacing Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. More tidbits from The Wrap revealed Tessa signed one of Marvel’s extensive contracts and this led us to believe she was playing a superhero in the film.
Latino Review states that Thompson is indeed playing Valkyrie in the film with more echoing the old rumor that Cate Blanchett is playing Hela.
Valkyrie is a Asgardian superhero who eventually teamed-up with Hulk, Doctor Strange and Namor in the comic superhero group The Defenders and eventually became an Avenger herself.
The Valkyrie aspect is really less of a “rumor” and more of a logical given, as we’ve all assumed this was was her part in the film. Since outlets reported Tessa was said to have signed a multiple picture deal with Marvel for the role. Marvel doesn’t whip-out their big contracts for supporting or even basic villain roles, it made total sense she would be playing a new heroine in the film.
Devin at Birth.Movies.Death first revealed that Valkyrie was going to be a female lead in Thor: Ragnarok last year, so it’s really more about connecting the dots. Considering, Deadline called her character “kind of a superhero” and could be apart of future Marvel films like Avengers: Infinity War.
The character had been originally attached to be apart of Thor: The Dark World, along with plenty of characters from the Planet Hulk comics. Learning that Hulk and Valkyrie are in the film seems to make perfect sense knowing that Marvel had played with this idea for Dark World.
Thor: Ragnarok shoots this summer in Australia with a release date set for November 3rd, 2017.
SOURCE: LATINO REVIEW