Published On: Fri, Apr 19th, 2019

Tessa Thompson learns to handle Avengers mania, including fans’ romantic scenarios

When Marvel Studios revealed 32 character posters in promotion of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, the highly anticipated followup to last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, fans took note of Thor ally Valkyrie’s inclusion.

The third Avengers film, which ended with the disintegration of half of the universe’s populations, began in the moments directly following a post-credit scene in Thor: Ragnarok, in which a spacecraft carrying the survivors of the recently destroyed Asgard — including Thor, Loki, the Hulk and emergent hero Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson — come face to face with Thanos’ massive ship.

Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie quickly became a fan favourite in the MCU after her debut in Thor: Ragnarok.
Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie quickly became a fan favourite in the MCU after her debut in Thor: Ragnarok.  (Marvel Studios / TNS)

Within the first 10 minutes of the film, the male heroes are summarily defeated by Thanos, and yet Valkyrie is nowhere to be found.

“Sometimes I say she was in the bar,” said Thompson during a press day for her latest, the indie Little Woods. “She’s alive though because (Infinity War and Endgame filmmakers) the Russo brothers have said that, she’s not dead.”

But did she manage to survive Thanos’ universe-levelling snap?

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“She’s in form,” Thompson said, which was later confirmed by a character portrait released by Marvel. The studio tweeted out simple head shots of Earth’s mightiest heroes with portraits of the snap victims rendered in black and white, with the known survivors photographed in colour, including Valkyrie.

But due to the top-secret nature of everything about the film, Thompson can’t actually confirm that Valkyrie will make an appearance in Endgame. And as for an upcoming Thor sequel, Thompson said she doesn’t know for sure it will happen. (Marvel has kept most of its future MCU plans under wraps until Endgame is released.)

“I heard that a pitch has happened for (another Thor film). I don’t know how real that intel is, but I hear that the pitch has happened. I think the idea is Taika (Waititi, who directed Ragnarok) would come back.”

Further stoking fan interest in the character, Captain Marvel star Brie Larson shared fan art on Twitter depicting Captain Marvel cradling Valkyrie in her arms. “We cute,” Larson captioned the photo before tagging Thompson. Thompson says when she reposted the photo, she didn’t realize the intimate undertones of the image.

“That’s wild!” she said with a laugh. “It didn’t even occur to me, legitimately, that it was necessarily a romantic thing. I don’t even know what happens in the canon in terms of those characters or if they ever intersect, but I just love the idea of more women Marvel characters getting to intersect. I just think it’s so cool and it’s time and why not? There’s so many compelling female characters inside of the MCU.

“And just selfishly, when I get to see those women in passing, they’re all such cool women,” she added. “So the idea of getting to spend time with them and hang out is so fun. I’m just excited that this new phase promises to have women and queer folks.”

As for Captain Marvel and Valkyrie dating, Thompson says a pairing of Captain Marvel and Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) makes much more sense.

“I kind of ship them, but I would like to have a drink with them,” she said. “I also have seen some other people shipping Thor and Captain Marvel which, when they see each other, that’s kind of steamy. (But) I don’t think I ship any two characters. I’m just for everybody.”

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Tessa Thompson learns to handle Avengers mania, including fans’ romantic scenarios