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BEVERLY HILLS – The review embargo for “Thor: Ragnarok” isn’t up yet, but if you’ve been following social media reactions its clear the breakout star is Tessa Thompson.
The 34-year-old actress is best known for her work in Ryan Coogler’s “Creed,” but she’s had standout performances in the movie version of “Dear White People,” “For Colored Girls” and HBO’s “Westworld.” In “Ragnarok,” Thompson takes the mantle of the sole remaining Valkyrie, a warrior goddess of Asgard who has become disillusioned with Odin’s reign and meets up with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on Sakaar, a planet run by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Thompson practically steals every scene she’s in and the LA native pulls off the British, er, Asgardian accent perfectly.
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The good news about Thompson’s performance is that her character is a mainstay in the Marvel Comics Universe. Valkyrie has been around since 1970 and was a longtime member of The Defenders, a one-time Avenger (O.K., Secret Avenger) and had her own title at one point. And Thompson is already returning as Valkyrie in “Avengers: Infinity War” next May.
During a press conference for “Ragnarok” on Wednesday, however, Thompson offered up that she and some other female stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe approached Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige about an all woman super-hero team movie.
Thompson had been asked if...
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