According to Latino Review, they have a handle on exactly who the recently-cast Tessa Thompson (Creed) is playing in Thor: Ragnarok. The outlet is reporting that the actress has been cast as the warrior woman Valkyrie, the leader of the Valkyrior, who are basically the Asgardian version of badass angels. Given that the character and her group have long been rumored to appear in the sequel, this particular rumor has a lot of merit to it.
“Our sources are telling us that Tessa Thompson is playing the MCU version of Valkyrie. In the comics, this character’s real name is Brunnhilde, and she is chosen by Odin to lead the Valkyrior, the Asgardians who roam battlefields, and select the honorable dead for Valhalla. The title of Valkyrie just applies to whomever leads the Valkyries though, so we may or may not be seeing her before she takes on said title. Either way, this character aligns with the report, and could very well appear again in Avengers: Infinity War.”
With Natalie Portman not returning for the film and Jaime Alexander a bit too busy to have her role as Sif become the female lead, it’s looking highly likely that Thompson will have that position in Thor’s trilogy-capper. Plot details are still scarce on the film, but the general idea is that it will pick up sometime after the grim turn of events of Thor’s visions in Age of Ultron. As revealed at the end of The Dark World, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has usurped his adoptive father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and taken control of Asgard’s throne. In addition to Loki, we will be getting Cate Blanchett as the film’s other main villain, presumably the diabolical Hela. Together they will attempt to bring about the titular event of Ragnarok, with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his compatriots racing across multiple realms to stop them.
Ragnarok is not expected to spend much time on Earth, instead being more of a quest film as Thor undertakes the above mission. He will be joined by Avenger pal Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), aka Hulk, and likely Sif (Alexander), Hogan (Tadanobu Asano), Fandral (Zachary Levi), Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), and Heimdal (Idris Elba) in some capacity as well. Given that it is positioned as one of the last films before Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 arrives, it will be interesting to see if Thanos (Josh Brolin) factors in as well. It’s not hard to picture the Mad Titan being in cahoots with Loki and Hela as they take out Asgard, one of the biggest threats to Thanos’ own megalomaniacal designs.
Thor: Ragnarok arrives in theaters on November 3, 2017. The seventeenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is directed by Taika Waititi, from a screenplay by Christopher Yost, Craig Kyle, and Stephany Folsom. It is expected to star Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Rufflao, Tessa Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Jaime Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Zachary Levi, and Samuel L. Jackson.