It’s official: Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is in the comics

In Thor: Ragnarok, Tessa Thompson played the spear-toting, sword-wielding warrior Valkyrie, formerly of Asgard but earning her keep as a bounty hunter on Sakaar. Fans of the movie might remember her all-around swagger and general awesomeness as she easily tamed the likes of The Hulk.

Tessa Thompson: Looking awesome as always.

Turns out the editors over at Marvel Comics loved her, too. They’re bringing Valkyrie on as the fifth and final member of the EXILES team when they make their comic-book return in April. And her appearance and characterization are heavily inspired by Tessa Thompson’s movie version.

Comic-book Valkyrie.

In a statement released by Marvel comics, we see just how wonderful this new Valkyrie will be:

Valkyrie’s a character who’s always appealed to me. Her iconic warrior-woman look—spear! sword! flying horse!—but also the juxtaposition of a kickass ancient fantasy hero operating in contemporary New York City. She’s a classic Marvel heroine,” explains Ahmed. “But the EXILES version of Valkyrie is a bit different from what we’ve seen in comics thus far. Our Valkyrie is known as the Lone Defender of Asgard, and she’s a tankard-draining, maiden-wooing, giant-slaying thunderbolt of a woman. Though she’s not technically from the Marvel Cinematic Universe reality, she’s basically the literalization of the larger-than-her-physical-frame swagger that Tessa Thompson displayed in ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ turned up to 11.

Exiles will be brought to us by the creative minds of Black Bolt writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Javier Rodriguez. The comic will feature Valkyrie; an older Kamala Khan, otherwise known as Ms. Marvel; Blink, an original member of the Exiles; Iron Lad from The Young Avengers; and Wolvie, a cutesy, mini version of Wolverine.

The comic will hit stores April 11.

Image credits: Marvel Comics


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