The Hollywood Reporter announced that Tessa Thompson (Creed, Selma) will be starring in Thor: Ragnarok. She will join returning cast stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Jamie Alexander as well as new characters that will be played by Cate Blanchett and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will not be returning for the third installment and it is believed that Thompson’s character could be a potential love interest for Thor.
“Details for Thompson’s part have not been revealed, but she could be the female lead as Natalie Portman, who was the female lead as Dr. Jane Foster in the previous two Thorinstallments, is not returning.”
Deadline goes on to add that her character will “be a kind of superhero and will appear in other Marvel films as well.” So who could she be playing? That is anyone’s guess, but if she is in fact playing a potential love interest for Thor here’s a list of potential candidates from the comics (via Screen Rant):
“The Enchantress (usually a villain) or Brunhilde (a heroine, like Thor culled from actual Norse mythology); two characters often framed as romantic interests in the Thor comics that fans have been eager to see join the movies. The other most-notable potential Thor partner, Lorelei, has already appeared in the MCU as a villain on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past.”
I’ll echo what many people are saying online, that Thor doesn’t necessarily need a love interest in this movie particularly due to the “potential destruction of Asgard” subject matter. If they did it would make more sense to be the already established Sif played by Jamie Alexander. All that said, Thompson is a fantastic actress and a welcome addition to the Marvel universe. If the Deadline report is accurate, and we will in fact be seeing her appear in additional Marvel films following Ragnarok, then this is good news. It seems as though both her and director Ryan Coogler made the jump from critically acclaimed Creed to a Marvel blockbuster (Coogler will be directing Black Panther). Technically Michael B. Jordan also was in a Marvel film (Fantastic Four produced by Fox) but that came out prior to Creed.
What are your thoughts of the casting of Tessa Thompson in Thor: Ragnarok? The film arrives in theaters November 3, 2017.