Tessa Thompson is big. In style and stature, that is. Her beautiful face, natural grace, and rip-roaring pace embody Valkyrie in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. Taking a character traditionally represented as white (you know, Norse gods and heroes tend to be rather pale), Thompson — who starred in Dear White People — brings a multicultural flair to the new Thor movie. Not only does Valkyrie capture Thor and hold him captive (as shown in the trailer), she does the same thing to the movie from the early looks — holds it captive. Looking at Thompson it might suddenly dawn on viewers that captive and captivating are pretty much the same word.
Piles of the smart money is on Valkyrie making Thor her emotional, romantic captive too. Thompson is, after all, utterly captivating. And heroes usually use all their powers. For proof, see Thompson as civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma. Both Selma and Dear White People appeared in 2014. Thompson, you might say, is on a roll.