Tessa Thompson teases how the similarities between Valkyrie and Loki's (Tom Hiddleston) personalities leads to the two characters having a "fun" confrontation in Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok. One of the most appealing aspects of the film - apparent from the moment the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok was released - ishow truly different it looks and feels compared to the previous Thor movies, in particular. While a large part of that is thanks to the comedic tone and visual style that director Taika Waititi has brought to Ragnarok, the film's unique, unexpected array of main and supporting characters look to give it a variety the other Thor films didn't have.
Most notable of those is, of course, the buddy team-up between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). But while Marvel has made the Thor vs Hulk gladiatorial fight a major part of the film's marketing campaign up until now, they won't be the only two main characters in the film who wind up facing off at one point throughout Ragnarok's apocalyptic storyline.
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During an interview with EW, Tessa Thompson talked about what it was like filming Thor: Ragnarok's fight scene between Valkyrie and Loki find themselves, and how the cheeky personality of Hiddleston's God of Mischief gives the fight an added level of humor and attitude that fans might not expect, going into the film:
“That fight was so much fun. So much fun. First of all. the choreography was really punchy and physical, not as much sword work which sort of keeps you at arm’s length with people. I think because Tom’s character is involved there’s a cheekiness to that fight that made it just really fun — it just felt like a tennis match. I don’t know if it remains but there were a lot of one-liners between us. So it has a real sort of sense of humor.”
Indeed, Loki's shifting allegiances and constant backstabbing make him one of Ragnarok's biggest wild cards, and someone who will inevitably clash with some of Ragnarok's more straightforward, earnest characters. However, Thompson also revealed that Loki and Valkyrie's similar outlooks on the world and unwillingness to conform to their assigned roles in society, may give them (initially at least) a more understanding connection than Loki is known for having with other characters:
“Eventually she figures out Loki’s not to be trusted. I just think there’s something about two folks that kind of come from the same place in a sense, that have the same chip on their shoulder in a way. There’s a thin line between how much they hate and love each other.”
While it's well-known at this point that Hiddleston's Loki will play a role in Avengers: Infinity War next year, how exactly Ragnarok continues his multi-film evolution should be one of the film's more exciting subplots. The same goes for Valkyrie - a character that comic book fans have been waiting years to see on the big screen - and who will play a big role in not only bringing Thor together with the other characters, but in the heroes' fight against Cate Blanchett's villainous Hela. Considering just how much of a threat Hela poses to the universe in Ragnarok, it's exciting to know that the film will still find time to fit in some fun, minor squabbles between members of its core group.
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019