Valkyrie Has Earned Her Own Story
If it wasn’t evident after the scene-stealing performance that fans adored in the wonderfully received Thor: Ragnarok, it certainly is now, as there is no denying the reality that Valkyrie has earned her own story.
There were so many reasons as to why fans were incredibly excited for the theatrical debut of the record-setting fourth solo film for the character; Thor: Love and Thunder.
It was a film that saw the return of visionary director Taika Waititi, and his incredible comedic creativity revitalized the character and catapulted a brand new version of Thor into the hearts of nearly every MCU fan.
This was compounded by the return of Natalie Portman to the Jane Foster character, this time fully embracing her role as The Mighty Thor, and teaming up with the original God of Thunder to combat the menacing Gorr the God Butcher.
All of these things were delivered in this massive and incredibly fun MCU adventure, but what thing was certain as the film kept on unraveling; Valkyrie has earned her own story.
Tessa Thompson first played the now iconic Asgardian warrior in Thor: Ragnarok, and it didn’t take long for fans to fall in love with this tremendously unique character who is equally parts sympathetic as she is just plain cool.
Thompson returns in Thor: Love and Thunder with a vengeance, as her undeniable presence, charisma, and magnetism stand toe to toe against nearly every single performer that is lucky enough to share the screen with her.
Thompson’s Valkyrie feels like the next in a long line of smaller MCU characters that so capture the imagination of Marvel fans enough for entire stories to be developed exploring just who they are, and there are few characters as perfect for this as Valkyrie is.
She very much reminds us of Bucky Barnes; a sidekick who is incredible in the small scenes they have in various Marvel projects, that the MCU is almost forced to grant audiences the chance to greater knowledge and understand these heroes.
Valkyrie has a tragic backstory that is partnered with the weight of ruling an entire section of ASgaridans that are present in a foreign land, all the while, she is an LGBTQ+ Marvel character that is seeking out very own form of love in whatever way that may arrive to her.
It is a character that is a wealth of untapped storytelling goodness, and with a performer that is as physically gifted in action sequences, and as fluent in her portrayal of emotional resonance, there is no limit to what could come from her very own Marvel story.
But one thing is absolutely certain after what we have all seen in Thor: Love and Thunder; Valkyrie has earned her own story.