Following his most well-received film ever, each critically and commercially, everyone seems to be scorching on Thor proper now. Due to the vision of Taika Waititi and the comedic timing of Chris Hemsworth, Thor: Ragnarok took the God of Thunder into uncharted territory, making him one of many funniest however no much less highly effective characters within the MCU. Thor is subsequent set to look within the universe-redefining Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers four, however after that, only Marvel Studios knows what is going on to occur to him. Avengers four may very nicely be the final we see of Thor, but when that had been to occur then Marvel already has an ideal character able to step up and take his place: Valkyrie.
The way forward for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a giant query mark proper now. Characters may equally be killed, retired, or recast. Ought to Chris Hemsworth resolve to not return to star as Thor, that leaves the door broad open for Valkyrie to grow to be the brand new face of his franchise. Launched on this month’s Thor: Ragnarok, Valkryie is among the finest new characters Marvel has ever launched. She stands as an equal with Thor and Hulk all through Ragnarok, and from the second she drunkenly falls out of her spaceship, she’s already received us throughout. With a wonderful efficiency from Tessa Thompson, she’s received the charisma, swagger, and the bodily motion prowess wanted to help her personal franchise.
As to how Valkyrie would take over, we are able to solely write our personal fan fictions, however my preferrred model can be Valkyrie buying a re-forged Mjolnir on the finish of Avengers four. This hammer would give her all of the powers of Thor like flight and management of lightning. That is versus her merely sticking along with her personal formidable Asgardian powers, principally as a result of there’s extra meat to the thought of worthiness and what meaning to her. Nonetheless, hammer or no hammer, she may nonetheless completely personal the film, as Ragnarok proved.
As comedian ebook followers nicely know, there’s a large quantity of priority for somebody taking on the position of Thor. The most important and most related one to this argument, although, is the feminine Thor that was launched within the comics. After Thor grew to become unable to elevate his hammer, his longtime on-again-off-again girlfriend Jane Foster discovered herself worthy to wield Mjolnir, gaining all of the powers of Thor after which some. Although Jane struggles with most cancers (which is barely made worse by her transformations into Thor), she proves that she is each bit as worthy as her male counterpart, unlocking powers in Mjolnir that Thor by no means may. Her comedian ebook, “The Mighty Thor” written by Jason Aaron, has been one of the constant Marvel books on the stand, so there’s quite a bit to mine for a live-action adaptation.
Jane Foster is just about a non-factor in the MCU, having by no means had a very robust presence. (That is not your fault, Natalie Portman.) She was additional shuffled away with one line of fast dialogue in Thor: Ragnarok, so it would be very surprising to see Marvel simply hand her the keys to her personal franchise. Nonetheless, Valkyrie has solely appeared in a single film to this point, and persons are already asking when we’ll see her once more. On the finish of the day, she’s only a extra memorable character and a extra logical alternative to guide the franchise.
After we’re launched to Valkyrie, she’s principally hit all-time low and resides in denial. After watching her fellow sisters-in-arms die by the fingers of Hela (Cate Blanchett), Valkyrie ran away from her issues, changing into a bounty hunter on Sakaar, about as distant from Asgard she will be able to get. She just about sentences these she captures to loss of life within the Grandmaster’s Contest of Champions and drinks away her reminiscences. She ultimately stops operating from her issues, serving to Thor to avoid wasting Asgard, however that does not imply she’s gotten over her trauma or guilt. It is a captivating character arc that might be amplified by placing a hammer in her hand.
Thor and Valkyrie have loads in frequent, but it surely’s their distinction that can in the end hold the Thor collection thrilling in Part four. Whereas Thor makes an effort to look cool in Ragnarok, Valkyrie pulls it off effortlessly. She’s a scrappy, roughish determine that counteracts Thor’s nobler angle. She will be able to slay monsters with the very best of them after which outdrink the remainder. The longer the MCU lasts, the extra it has to do one thing new and completely different. Valkyrie main Thor helps with that.
It additionally helps that Tessa Thompson is an especially gifted actress. It regarded like she was having a blast in Thor: Ragnarok (like each different actor), the place she proved she may be fairly humorous. That is a helpful ability if the Thor collection is pivoting in the direction of comedy, however she’s additionally confirmed adept at drama. She’s received a magnetic display presence, whether or not it is standing out within the boxing drama Creed or HBO’s sci-fi Western, Westworld.
A lot of how precisely Valkyrie changing into Thor would play out will depend on the occasions of Avengers four. Thor: Ragnarok ends with Thor as ruler of Asgard and main his folks to a brand new dwelling on planet Earth. Assumedly, that is the place a proposed Thor 4 (or Ragnarok 2) would choose up. Maybe Thor is simply too busy as king to be an Avenger and he turns into a mentor determine to Valkyrie. Possibly he dies in Avengers four. Both method, there is a void to be stuffed and Valkyrie appears to be positioned for a big future in the MCU. It is rumored that she’ll be showing in Avengers: Infinity Battle, so hopefully this charming rogue can additional show simply how worthy she is to be a key participant in Part four.