Tessa Thompson Likens Valkyrie To The Han Solo Of Thor: Ragnarok


The good news just keeps coming for Thor: Ragnarok.

After being crowned Marvel’s highest-rated movie on Rotten Tomatoes (97% as of this writing), we’ve also learned that Ragnarok features the MCU’s first openly LGBT character (spoilers: it’s Valkyrie). Going one step further, Tessa Thompson’s warrior goddess has now been compared to the “Han Solo” of Thor: Ragnarok, which is to say that she may wind up stealing the movie from under Thor and Hulk’s noses, who are likely too busy trying to determine who is the strongest Avenger.

And so, ahead of Ragnarok‘s UK release this Friday, October 27th, The Independent caught up with Tessa Thompson, who spoke more about Waititi’s eclectic style and what it was like to ad-lib on set.

They really let his personality shine through and really, he is all over it, because he was such a part of the integral process of us ad-libing, and would throw alternates out. He’s just so funny that he enthused the script with him.

That creative process is responsible for some of Thor: Ragnarok‘s funniest scenes – take the God of Thunder regaling Korg (Taika Waititi) as an example – and Thomspon went on to compare her badass bounty hunter to Han Solo, the greatest smuggler of them all.

It was quite collaborative but [Taika] and I got on from the minute we met each other. He pitched Valkyrie as sort of the Han Solo over the movie and so I sort of knew the space that she wanted to occupy, and we wanted to subvert any sort of cliches in our portrayal of her. I say ‘ours’ because he was really integral to that.

Soon after its UK release this weekend, Thor: Ragnarok will make its way across the pond in time for November 3rd, when the Waititi threequel will become Marvel’s third and final movie of 2017. Analysts predict a suitably stellar $90m-$100m opening weekend, though there’s every chance Ragnarok will climb higher still.