Has Marvel Found Their Valkyrie In Actress Tessa Thompson?

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Actress Tessa Thompson (Dear White People and Creed) has been at the center of rumors as of late. Deadline announced earlier this week that actress Natalie Portman will not be returning to the Thor franchise, but Tessa Thompson will be a new addition to the cast of Thor: Ragnarok.

Comics Alliance also puts into perspective the possible connection between Tessa Thompson and Cate Blanchett's characters. It was announced in January that Cate Blanchett is cast as the newest Thor villain, but the character name had not been revealed. Slash Film seems to think Cate Blanchett is Hela, who faces off with the Valkyrie from the Ragnarok saga.

"The final showdown with Hela (Cate Blanchett) will feature an army of the dead commanded by the villainess doing battle with good Valkyries (including Tessa Thopmson) from Valhalla and the souls of the righteous fallen, including Heimdall."

According to Norse-Mythology.org, the Valkyries play an important role in Norse Mythology.

"A valkyrie is a female helping spirit of the god Odin. The modern image of the Valkyries as elegant, noble maidens bearing dead heroes to Valhalla is largely accurate. However, older Norse sources, focus on their love affairs with human men and their assisting Odin in transporting his favorites among those slain in battle to Valhalla, where they will fight by his side during Ragnarok."

Odin, Thor, and many others play a major role in Norse mythology and in the comics, so now seems like a good time for the Valkyrie to make her debut.

"Brunnhilde was selected by Odin, monarch of the gods of the other-dimensional realm of Asgard, to lead the Valkyrie, the choosers of the Slain, a group of warrior goddesses who would appear over the battlefields of mortal worshippers of the Asgardian gods and choose which of the fallen were worthy to be taken to Valhalla, the land of the honored dead in the dimension of Asgard. Brunnhilde served Asgard capably in this capacity for centuries."

During the Asgardian revolt, Brunnhilde is killed. Her death is predicted as one of the Ragnarok prophecies that kicks off the Asgardian Apocalypse. However, in one of the Marvel reboots series, Brunnhilde is resurrected following Thor's resurrection of the Asgardians.

Looking forward to seeing Tessa Thompson in action? Thor: Ragnarok releases in the Summer of 2017.

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