Thor: Ragnarok Concept Art Reveals Very Different Valkyrie Design

Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor Ragnarok

Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie is a breakout character from Thor: Ragnarok and early concept art shows how different she almost looked. Following two modestly received installments, the Thor franchise went through a major change for the third installment. Marvel Studios brought indie comedy director Taika Waititi onboard to tackle the end of times tale, but inject it with the cosmic stylings that Guardians of the Galaxy introduced. These changes brought many new characters into Thor's franchise, but it was Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie that stole the show for many fans.

Coming hot off of a supporting role in Creed, Thompson joined the MCU as a former member of Asgard's special forces. She's given plenty of memorable moments in Ragnarok, and it all begins with her introduction and utilization of her weaponry. However, her look and weapon of choice were almost very different.

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Marvel Studios' in-house concept artist Andy Park revealed an early, alternative design for Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok. The designs came before Thompson was part of the project, but shows the character she'd eventually portray in a different look. This other look has Valkyrie's face concealed, a spiked shoulder pad, and mace gauntlets for close quarters combat.

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