Thor Ragnarok looks set to be the most hotly anticipated film of the year. Enlarge cosmic side of the MCU, Thor Ragnarok promises to unleash the full power of Hela against the Immortal Asgard. Thor is going to gather a team of allies and fellow heroes who follow him to the war with Hela, and it seems to include Valkyrie
Valkyrie in Popular Culture
Marvel has always been fascinated with Norse mythology, and in this case is the legends of the Valkyrie, maiden warrior riding flying horses, swooping and diving over battlefields. Their sacred task is to ferry the souls of warriors to Valhalla, where they will be prepared for Thor Ragnarok — the End of Days.
In the 1800s, Richard Wagner breathed new life into the legends of the Valkyries. He focused on one iconic figure, Brynhildr, a female warrior who defied Odin and was condemned to live the life of a mortal woman. Most of Marvel’s Valkyrie mythology is based on Wagner’s famous The Ring of the Nibelung.
Valkyrie in Marvel Comics
In comics, Valkyrie is known as Brunnhilde, created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema in 1970, and illustrated as a spirit possessing women. Her immortal body was held captive by Amora the Enchantress. The character became increasingly popular over the decades, joining, even leading, different incarnations of the Defenders. She sometimes acts as a love interest for Thor.
Valkyrie is a tremendously skilled warrior, with millennia of experience in battle wielding the blade of Dragonfang. Valkyrie rides into battle on her beautiful winged horse, Aragorn. She is able to perceive impending death, sensing it as a ‘Death-glow’ around those who die.
The Movie Adaptation
Marvel fans were shocked when Tessa Thompson was cast as Valkyrie in Thor Ragnarok since Valkyrie is usually depicted as a blue-eyed, blond-haired warrior according to the traditional aesthetic of the Norse gods. Director Taika Waititi defended his casting choice confidently, explaining that Thompson was simply the best person for the job. Also, he was satisfied that her casting had improved the film’s diversity.
The Valkyrie we are going to see in Thor Ragnarok is different to the one that almost made her way into Thor The Dark World. Concept art for The Dark World shows a much more comic-book-traditional rendering of the character riding her famous winged horse.
There are rumors that Valkyrie will replace Jane Foster as a love interest of Thor, but it remains to be how willing he is to indulge in romance when Asgard is under attack. In the trailer, she seems to be an Asgardian casted out by Odin has entered into a business relationship with the Grandmaster. When a weaponless Thor is captured on Sakaar, it’s Valkyrie who brings him to the Grandmaster to fight in the Arena.
The film’s completely redesigned Valkyrie’s Marvel costume.
As Tessa Thompson told EW: “As far as the armor, she’s such a bad ass that she doesn’t need a lot of metal to protect her. I’m essentially in leather. I have some really cool, like, chain mail like basically with my arms I can sort of shield and use them as weapons as well. I wield two daggers, which are sort of attached to me. And I also have a very special sword.”
Fans will be delighted to hear that Tessa Thompson has been spotted on the set of Avengers Infinity War, confirming that Valkyrie will be joining in the battle against Thanos.