Breaking traditional Marvel comic origins, Tessa Thompson storms into MCU to portray the fierce and equally powerful "sort of warrior ex-pat" Valkyrie.
Observant fans may notice that the actress has taken on equally amazing (if not instantly noticeable) roles - as the charmingly magnetic Charlotte Hale in Westworld, and the unapologetically outspoken Samantha White in Dear White People. Adding yet another dazzling role under her belt as Valkyrie, Tessa Thompson joins the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In this exclusive interview with Marie Claire, Tessa speaks about the star-studded cast and what it's really like portraying Valkyrie - mentally and physically.
How physical has this role been?
TT: This has been the most physical I may ever have been in my adult life. Valkyrie is an elite fighter, even if she’s out of practice. She would say she’s rusty but she’s an incredible fighter. She’s arguably as strong as Thor. She doesn’t have a hammer, but she can wield a sword like nobody’s business, and she’s incredibly agile.
We wanted to find a style that we haven’t seen before. It was important that you believe that she can wield a sword as powerful and iconic as Dragonfang, but that she also look like she could win any bar fight. But we wanted Valkyrie to feel really close to the ground and scrappy. I would say that she fights like a boy, except that diminishes the fact that she just fights like a really, really strong woman.
But that being said, I worked with my incredible stunt double, Tara Macken, who’s done this her whole life. She’s great. It’s been incredibly physical and so fun.
Thor: Ragnarok thunders into Malaysian cinemas on 26 October 2017.