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I gotta admit, as a kid, the original Valkyrie from Defenders was one of my most favorite Marvel characters. A somewhat naive six foot warrior who was a fish out of water with a sword in Manhattan.

But I’ve moved on and grown, and now the Valkyrie portrayed by Tessa Thompson in Thor: Ragnarok is my jam. The breakout character of the film, this Valkyrie is a hard drinking, hard loving fighter. And her flashback origin scene was a the most haunting and goosebump inducing thing in the whole movie.

So Marvel is wisely bringing her to the comic universe as a member of Exiles, the new book by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez.

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Don’t let it be said that Marvel isn’t trying to cater to the millions who love the MCU – this is a step in that direction.

PR below:

You’ve met Blink and most of the new team members who will accompany her on her journey to save the multiverse: Iron Lad, Wolvie, and Khan. But who is the mysterious fifth member of the EXILES?

Introducing…Valkyrie!

“Valkyrie’s a character who’s always appealed to me. Her iconic warrior-woman look — spear! sword! flying horse! — but also the juxtaposition of a kickass ancient fantasy hero operating in contemporary New York City. She’s a classic Marvel heroine,” said series writer Saladin Ahmed. “But the EXILES version of Valkyrie is a bit different from what we’ve seen in comics thus far. Our Valkyrie is known as the Lone Defender of Asgard, and she’s a tankard-draining, maiden-wooing, giant-slaying thunderbolt of a woman. Though she’s not technically from the Marvel Cinematic Universe reality, she’s basically the literalization of the larger-than-her-physical-frame swagger that Tessa Thompson displayed in THOR: RAGNAROK, turned up to 11.”

“Like everyone else who has seen Taika Waititi’s brilliant THOR: RAGNAROK movie, all of us on Team Exiles are big fans of Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie,” said series editor Wil Moss. “So when we realized that we had the perfect series — where the roster is made up of alternate reality versions of Marvel heroes — to introduce a comic book equivalent of that version of Valkyrie, we jumped at the chance! And how great is series artist Javier Rodriguez’s design? Such a nice combo of the classic Valkyrie look and the MCU’s, yeah?”  

Join Valkyrie along with Iron Lad, Wolvie, Khan and Blink when they team up to save the multiverse in the all-new EXILES series, coming to comic shops this April!

EXILES #1
Written by SALADIN AHMED
Art by JAVIER RODRIGUEZ
Covers by DAVID MARQUEZ, JAVIER RODRIGUEZ, MIKE MCKONE, & JESUS SAIZ
On-Sale 4/11/18

 EXILES #2
Written by SALADIN AHMED
Art by JAVIER RODRIGUEZ
Covers by DAVID MARQUEZ, JAVIER RODRIGUEZ, & MIKE MCKONE
On-Sale 4/25/18

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6 COMMENTS

  1. “Don’t let it be said that Marvel isn’t trying to cater to the millions who love the MCU – this is a step in that direction.”

    Problem is those millions who love the MCU do not read the comic books, so just another example of shoehorning in MCU characters into the regular MU (and we’ll probably eventually see the REAL Valkyrie disappear and replaced by this PC version).

  2. I don’t know. On one hand Exiles was really about “what if?” type characters, on the other hand taking someone from MCU feels about as uncreative as you can get.

  3. I like this idea. People will complain anyway, but I feel like it would have been worst if they introduced this version of the character in the normal mcu. As part of an Exiles team it makes sense.

  4. Yet another slap in face to the Marvel fans who understand tradition. I didn’t like this portrait of Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, and I really don’t like this portrait coming to the Comic Universe.

  5. “Don’t let it be said that Marvel isn’t trying to cater to the millions who love the MCU”

    Has anyone ever said that?

    “we’ll probably eventually see the REAL Valkyrie disappear and replaced by this PC version”

    What is PC about movie Valkyrie?

    “their ‘normal’ readership is abandoning them.”

    Apparently not. You’re still following them.

    “Yet another slap in face to the Marvel fans who understand tradition”

    Exiles is about alternate universe characters. Nobody is getting slapped (but you could use a good hard one).

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