Avengers: Endgame Chinese Poster Includes Valkyrie & Fallen Heroes

The Chinese poster for Avengers: Endgame unites Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie with the rest of the surviving Avengers – who stand above the silhouettes of the fallen heroes. Marvel Studios is starting to put the marketing campaign for Avengers: Endgame into high gear, but they’ve still been very careful over what they are showing. There’s been two Avengers: Endgame trailers released to this point, but it has actually been other promotional materials that have brought the biggest reveals lately.

A recent banner for the movie confirmed that the Hulkbuster armor will make a return at some point in Endgame. This was only the beginning, though, as Marvel recently debuted 32 character posters for the film. They featured almost every character who has either been confirmed to be alive or dusted, including further confirmation that Valkyrie survived Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Infinity War and that Shuri (Letitia Wright) did indeed die off screen.

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Chinese box office reporter Gavin Feng shared on Twitter a brand new Chinese poster for Avengers: Endgame – which opens overseas on April 24 like most other territories. The poster is among the best that Marvel has released for the film to date, and features Valkyrie actually standing alongside her fellow MCU heroes who are still capable of fighting. In addition to showing her in a brighter light, the bottom of the poster features many of the snapped victims in the shadows.

With the rush of new materials that feature Valkyrie, many are beginning to wonder just how big of a role she will have in Endgame. There has only been a few pieces of information concerning her role in the movie, such as Thompson reportedly being on the same set that Thor and Rocket were on. This could add more credibility to the belief that Thor and Rocket’s separate mission in the movie revolves around the other half of the Asgardians that escaped Thanos’ attack. We could learn that Valkyrie was put in charge of leading them to safety and rendezvous with Thor later on.

Of course, this recent coverage for Valkyrie has only come through posters, so we’ve yet to actually see any footage of her in the movie. Unless Marvel releases another trailer to announce when tickets go on sale, fans may not have the opportunity to see Valkyrie in action before Endgame is in theaters. That may not be a bad thing, though, as this will allow everyone to be equally surprised with what her role is, whether it is big or small. Thankfully, there is less than a month to go before Avengers: Endgame will be in theaters.

More: Avengers: Endgame Story Timeline & Trailer Scenes In Order

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2019-03-28 10:03:12

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Thor: 20 Wildest Details About Valkyrie’s Anatomy

The Thor series of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe centers around the titular super-powered Asgardian, who has also been a major figure in the comics since his inception more than four decades ago. Thor: The Dark World didn’t quite meet critics’ high expectations, but Taika Waititi has shaken things up with Thor: Ragnarok, bringing a wacky sense of humor that has made it the highest-rated Thor movie on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the change in tone wasn’t the only thing behind the movie’s popularity, and Thor is far from the only popular Asgardian from the comics.

Fans went wild when it was announced that Valkyrie would be in Ragnarok, who is played by Tessa Thompson. Not only would a woman of color play a major part in a superhero blockbuster, but the character is canonically attracted to both genders in the comics, having had a romance with Annabelle Riggs. Valkyrie’s choice of preference was ultimately omitted from the final cut of the movie, but Thompson incorporated that aspect of the character as she was filming. While her backstory is explored in the movie, there are still plenty of hidden tidbits to uncover about Valkyrie and her enhanced Asgardian anatomy. The list below touches on forty years of content, ranging from the movie and comics to some behind-the-scenes snippets, so spoilers abound ahead. The character is known as Scrapper 142 and Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, and she’s also called Brunnhilde, but for simplicity’s sake, we’ll just call her Valkyrie. Without further ado, here are 20 Wildest Details About Valkyrie’s Anatomy.

20 She’s Originally White In The Comics

Thanks to the critical and box office success of Thor: Ragnarok, Tessa Thompson’s portrayal of Valkyrie is what comes to mind for millions of movie-goers everywhere. However, much like Thor, the character is actually white and blonde in the original comics. Thompson, on the other hand, is of mixed race. Thompson’s casting as Valkyrie marked a significant moment in pop culture in a genre saturated with white male superheroes.

Supporters of the decision were excited to see a woman of color kicking butt in the forefront rather than blending in as Asgardian Number 23. Also, it’s a casting choice that paid off; Thompson has been praised for her performance, having no problem keeping up with MCU veterans like Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo.

19 She Has A Valkyrie Tattoo On Her Left Arm

Valkyrie first appears in Thor: Ragnarok on Sakaar as Scrapper 142 and captures Thor for the Grandmaster’s Contest of Champions. She comes off as a selfish mercenary fending for herself, but Thor soon learns that she’s an Asgardian and tries to appeal to her sense of honor after he catches a glimpse of the tattoo on her left arm.

As it turns out, her tattoo is exclusive to the Valkyries, a group of elite Asgardian woman warriors. It’s a little odd that Valkyrie doesn’t bother hiding it properly, hinting at her lingering loyalty to her fallen compatriots. Or, perhaps she’s gotten so disillusioned that she doesn’t care who knows about her former life.

18 Waititi Designed The Valkyrie Seal

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if a tattoo is featured in a major franchise, fans will get it, piecing together the whole design from grainy footage and fleeting shots. It sure helps that the Valkyrie symbol looks absolutely stunning, and that’s all thanks to director Taika Waititi.

According to the director’s commentary, Waititi designed the seal that’s now been permanently inked on countless fans. Valkyrie isn’t the only one sporting a tattoo, either. There’s footage floating around featuring Thor with a “LOKI R.I.P.” tattoo on his forearm. Waititi seems to have designed that too, judging by the sketches on his own arm, one of which says “LOKI 4 EVA.” However, none of these made it into the final cut like Valkyrie’s ink.

17 She Ages Slower Than Humans

This should come as no surprise by now, but even though Valkyrie looks like a human, she possesses traits far more impressive than us mere mortals.

As an Asgardian, she’s not immortal, but does live far longer than humans, “give or take five thousand years,” as Loki puts it. She simply seems immortal because her lifespan is much longer than a human’s. She’s also much stronger and faster, and more resistant to physical damage. Sure, earthly objects can hurt Asgardians, but they need to be wielded by someone who also has extraordinary abilities. Her resistance to physical damage probably means there’s some sort of heavenly tattoo equipment in Asgard, especially since Valkyrie is far from the only Asgardian with body art.

16 She Can Tell When Someone’s About To Perish

Valkyrie shares a lot of physical traits and skills with her fellow Asgardians, but she’s got a power that not even Thor or Loki has. In addition to being pretty much invincible, she can tell when someone’s life is about to end in the form of an aura or “death glow” around their body. That said, she can only tell that the end is near, and not how the person will actually perish.

It’s a power that must be really useful, since Valkyrie is the leader of the Valkyrior in the comics, choosing fallen warriors and bringing them to Valhalla to honor them. It’s probably also a massive burden, though; imagine poor Valkyrie looking around just as Thanos is about to snap his fingers.

15 Her Soul Gets Trapped In A Crystal

At one point in the comics, Valkyrie is prohibited from taking human warriors to Valhalla and becomes super cynical and bitter. She then meets Amora the Enchantress and joins her on her adventures. Soon, Valkyrie realizes that the Enchantress is wicked, but before Valkyrie can leave her, the Enchantress traps her soul inside of a crystal. Valkyrie’s body stays in suspended animation while the Enchantress channels her powers or grants them to someone else.

Since Marvel incorporated elements of Planet Hulk for Thor: Ragnarok, maybe this could be part of Valkyrie’s arc in the future. After all, Joe Russo has confirmed that she survives Thanos’ attack at the beginning of Infinity War, much to fans’ relief.

14 The Enchantress Takes Over Her Body

As if it isn’t bad enough for Valkyrie to get her spiritual essence trapped inside of a crystal and have her powers loaned out to wicked strangers, the Enchantress also takes control of her body. Posing as Valkyrie, the Enchantress forms the Lady Liberators with the Wasp, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and Medusa, manipulating the superheroines into fighting against the Avengers. Fortunately, her true intentions are discovered and she fails to carry out her plan to eliminate the good guys.

There is a second incarnation of the Lady Liberators, though. This time around, the team is led by She-Hulk, and Valkyrie is part of this new group of superheroines going against the Red Hulk.

13 Her Consciousness Ends Up In Barbara Norris

Valkyrie’s physical body can go through a lot of damage, and luckily, her spirit is just as resilient, because it travels from body to body over and over again. One of her host bodies is a woman named Barbara Norris.

Norris had been losing touch with reality after being trapped in an alternate mystical realm, and the Enchantress puts Valkyrie’s consciousness in Norris’s body to help the Defenders escape from Casiolena. However, the Enchantress doesn’t reverse her handiwork even when the plan is done, leaving Valkyrie’s spirit inside of Norris’s body. As a result, Norris’s body takes on Valkyrie’s appearance as well as her abilities and consciousness. Valkyrie is perfectly aware that she’s stuck with someone else’s body and tries to learn more about Norris’s life.

12 Meanwhile, Her Body Holds Norris’s Spirit

While Valkyrie’s spirit is in someone else’s body, her own real body is still in Asgard and houses Norris’s consciousness at one point. The two eventually meet when Ollerus tries to take over Asgard, and they end up fighting against each other. Norris’s consciousness in Valkyrie’s body is sent to Niflheim, the realm for non-heroic Asgardian warriors who have passed.

But, Valkyrie doesn’t seem particularly concerned. She goes back to Earth with the Defenders, still using Norris’s body, and isn’t exactly scrambling to reunite with her original body. We don’t know the reason for her nonchalance, but it could be that she agrees with Yoda, believing that her body is just a crude vessel for her soul.

11 Her Mind And Body Are Reunited With Help From Doctor Strange

Even though Valkyrie doesn’t seem to mind having her consciousness in someone else’s body, and having a stranger’s consciousness in her real body, she does end up getting her spirit back in her own body.

Norris’s body perishes, which frees up Valkyrie’s spirit; meanwhile, the Enchantress saves Valkyrie’s body from Niflheim. Then, Doctor Strange helps Valkyrie reunite her body and soul, and she regains all of her memories and personality traits as a result. Finally freed, Valkyrie gives the Enchantress a taste of her own medicine, sending her to the crystal. Yet, instead of going back to Asgard, Valkyrie chooses to return to Earth with the Defenders because of the Asgardians’ (especially Odin’s) indifference to her struggle.

10 She Consumes The Apples Of Idunn

The Golden Apples of Idunn haven’t been mentioned in the MCU, but in the comics, they help the Asgardians maintain their youth and vitality. It’s a miraculous fruit exclusive to Asgard, and the goddess Idunn is the only one who can pick them.

Valkyrie also eats the Golden Apples, which help her stay in peak physical condition. However, she does eventually stop eating them, which reduces her stamina and makes her more vulnerable. It turns out, her plan in the Fear Itself arc is to obtain the hammers used by Cul’s servants and seal them inside herself. When she perishes, having stopped eating the apples, the hammers would also disappear from existence for the rest of time.

9 Thompson Gained 15 Lbs Of Muscle

There’s a lot of talk about how the male stars of the MCU undergo intense training to transform into believable superheroes, but they’re not the only ones with such dedication. Thompson revealed that she gained 15 lbs of muscle to play the role of Valkyrie. The hero doesn’t have trouble keeping up with Thor, and Thompson also holds her own alongside Hemsworth.

Thompson also adds that she wanted to defy the idea that in order for a woman to be beautiful, she has to be thin. Part of the reason for bulking up was to unabashedly show Valkyrie’s physical strength, and how she doesn’t care about how she appears to others. Thompson shares the same sentiment as the character, and felt strong and comfortable in her skin.

8 Odin Takes Away Her Powers For Saving Sieglinde

Valkyrie, along with other Asgardians and non-human species in general, can seem pretty much invincible. However, she hasn’t always been as powerful as she is. In fact, at one point, she is fully stripped of her superpowers and rendered helpless. Odin gives Thor the identity of Siegmund, a mortal warrior, and Odin eventually demands that Siegmund’s life be taken.

Siegmund does perish, despite Valkyrie’s interventions, but Valkyrie helps his pregnant lover Sieglinde stay safe. Odin isn’t happy about Valkyrie’s disobedience, so he takes away her Asgardian powers and puts her into a trance as a consequence. Later, Siegmund and Sieglinde’s son, Siegfried, wakes up Valkyrie, and as it turns out, Siegfried is yet another mortal identity of Thor.

7 She Leaps Into Thor/Siegfried’s Funeral Pyre

After being awakened, Valkyrie eventually becomes Siegfried’s partner and decides to make him invincible, as long as his back isn’t turned on his enemies. Siegfried eventually double-crosses her, but Valkyrie remains in love with him.

When Siegfried’s life comes to an end, rather than carrying on without him, Valkyrie chooses to jump into his funeral pyre. And since Odin has stripped her of all her Asgardian powers and traits, she perishes in the fire alongside Siegfried. Just like the Asgardian characters themselves, this chapter in her life is inspired by the actual mythology in our own universe. It’s a tragic episode in her life, but like most comic book characters, neither Valkyrie nor Thor/Siegfried remain deceased for long.

6 She Comes Back To Life Without Memories

Surprise! The two partners come back to life, courtesy of Odin, the guy who started this whole mess in the first place. Both Thor and Valkyrie go back to their old Asgardian lives and regain their superpowers, but Odin wipes their minds of their memories on Earth.

Here’s the kicker though: this account of Valkyrie’s backstory and transformation from Asgardian to human, and back to Asgardian, might not be entirely reliable. It’s a story recounted by the eye of Odin. Odin had exiled his eye into Mimir’s Well, and it became its own sentient being and kept all of Odin’s knowledge. So, it could very well all be a lie, or very liberally embellished.

5 She Can Travel Between The Realms Of The Living And The Perished

In Norse mythology, a Valkyrie is a female figure tasked with choosing who lives and who perishes in battle. They then decide who among the deceased are allowed to go to Valhalla. The Marvel Valkyrior play a similar role in the comics, choosing only the worth to pass onto Valhalla.

Since her primary responsibility is to guide these fallen warriors, Valkyrie is able to freely pass between the realm of the living and the realm of the deceased. She can even bring along someone who has passed or is about to pass by simply willing it. It’s certainly a convenient skill for the leader of the Valkyrior to have, if only she had as much control over her spirit, freeing her from the Enchantress’s crystal.

4 Odin Gives Her Extra Powers To Fight Moondragon

Odin is the ruler of Asgard, so it stands to reason that he’s the most powerful Asgardian there is: giving and taking away powers and lives as he pleases. Even though he (allegedly) takes away Valkyrie’s Asgardian powers for defying him, he gives her extra powers when she takes on Moondragon.

Odin initially assigns Valkyrie as Moongradon’s guardian, so the latter can learn humility. The two women even fight by each other’s side, but Moondragon doesn’t stick with the good guys for long. As Moondragon turns against the Defenders and attacks them, Valkyrie is temporarily given extra powers by Odin. As a result, she’s able to make her body huge and she defeats Moondragon, but doesn’t capture her.

3 She Becomes A Statue

Moondragon comes back for another attempt on the Defenders’ lives, but this time, stronger than ever thanks to the help of the Beyonder. In order to defeat her and the Dragon of the Moon, Valkyrie, Interloper, Andromeda and Manslaughter join their life forces together and three other members of the Defenders go off to save innocent bystanders.

Their plan works, and the Dragon of the Moon, the entity that had caused Moondragon to revert to her old immoral ways, is seemingly defeated. However, the victory comes at a great cost. When the three Defenders come back to the scene, they find that Valkyrie, Interloper, Andromeda, Manslaughter, and Moondragon have all turned into statues made of ashes and dust.

2 She Gets Put In Someone Else’s Body (Again)

Surprise (again). Valkyrie comes back to life (again) with the help of Doctor Strange (again) and is put in someone else’s body (again).

This time, her host is Sian Bowen. Not much is known about Bowen except that she’s essentially a university student who’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. And, if you think this is the last of Valkyrie’s unfortunate Freaky Friday situation, think again. She and Annabelle Riggs (yes, as in her girlfriend the archaeologist) currently share the same body, each taking turns to determine who’s in control. At another point, Valkyrie’s powers are also given to Samantha Parrington by the Enchantress. It’s not really the same host body situation, though, since Parrington is more of a copy of Valkyrie, but here’s hoping Valkyrie will finally get to be in one body.

1 Thompson’s Wig Cost A Fortune

Huge Hollywood blockbusters have giant budgets, and the MCU is no exception. Every facet of production is highly detailed to withstand even the most intense scrutiny. So, it’s not really a surprise that Thor: Ragnarok dropped some big bucks for hair and wardrobe. But, Thompson’s Valkyrie wig reportedly cost $10,000 (take that, Thor).

Director Boots Riley reveals that Thompson was doing reshoots for Thor while filming Sorry to Bother You. She used her own multicolored hair for the role of Detroit because the principal production of Thor was already done. Clearly, it would be odd for Valkyrie to show up in a scene with a rainbow bob, so Disney had to spend thousands of dollars for a realistic looking wig for reshoots.

Do you know any other weird details about Valkyrie’s anatomy? Tell us in the comments below!

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2018-12-08 01:12:17

Captain America is Joining Thor’s Flying Valkyrie

Captain America may be famous as a defender of Earth and the United States, but Thor is giving him a major promotion. He’ll still be fighting, but doing it on the back of a flying horse, the standard transportation of Asgard’s legendary Valkyrie.

Any mention of giving a new look or role to Steve Rogers may be hard for MCU fans at the moment, since they’ll all be talking about the beardless-Captain America in Avengers: Endgame. Both the comic book and movie versions of the hero are going to be facing unbeatable odds in their greatest mission yet, but both will be doing it without the help of a beard. Which makes Captain America’s new horse, and Asgardian calling even more incredible.

RELATED: Avengers: Endgame Trailer Breakdown & Easter Eggs

Marvel Comics has been teasing their WAR OF THE REALMS for months, even years, as the comic book side’s own Asgardian “endgame,” as the newly restored Thor must unite an army to save all of the Nine Realms from allied villains. As proof of just how epic this event from Thor writer Jason Aaron is going to be, the first official artwork for the WAR OF THE REALMS showed that Daredevil would be the new Heimdall. Massive sword in hand and eyes glowing with cosmic awareness is cool and all… but he’s no match for Captain America. Check it out:

As strange as it might seem to say that Marvel’s next, Asgard-central event will put Captain America on the back of a winged horse, flying into combat against Dark Elves and Hel spawn, actually seeing it confirms that it’s, oddly, fitting. After all, the original role played by the Valkyrie in both Norse mythology and Marvel Comics was to watch over the heroes and soldiers in combat, and carry those who fell to their final resting place, Valhalla. Since it isn’t a stretch to imagine Steve Rogers as something of a demigod, and whose heart bleeds for every man and woman who gives their life in service, the parallels speak for themselves.

Still, this image may confirm that Steve Rogers will finally get some recognition from Asgard, riding on horseback like one of their most revered, and honorable warriors. But it doesn’t explain the specifics of what kind of upgrade he might receive at Thor’s hand. Jason Aaron has been teasing the event in cryptic fashion for months, and framing the WAR OF THE REALMS as taking place in one alone: ours. With the rest of the Nine Realms either destroyed or falling apart, the realm of Midgard is the final place for the universe’s heroes to take a stand.

Clearly, Thor is calling in every friend and acquaintance he can to help tip the odds in his favor. This single piece of artwork shows not just Captain Marvel joining the Avengers, but the likes of Venom and Blade lending a hand, as well. And then toss in just about every major Marvel superhero you’ve heard of, and the coming war begins to take shape.

Thankfully, fans can rest assured that no matter how many heroes may be recruited by Thor to save Earth and the World Tree beyond, Captain America will play a major role in the conflict. After all… you don’t give a flying horse to just anyone.

Marvel’s WAR OF THE REALMS will begin in April of 2019.

MORE: How Captain America Can Bring Venom Into The MCU

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2018-12-07 02:12:11

Avengers 4 Reshoots: Tom Holland Traveled to Atlanta Earlier This Week

Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) flew to Atlanta earlier this week, presumably to join the ongoing Avengers 4 reshoots. Starting last month, additional work for the Marvel Studios blockbuster has been going on for several weeks now, with some actors coming back to the set to finish their respective parts. The latest update from the set came from Chris Evans, who announced he had wrapped up with an emotional social media post.

Not much is known regarding the movie, especially since Marvel Studios has been actively trying to keep any kind of information about it tightly under wraps. The reshoots are mainly being done inside a sound stage, so no set photos have come out since the first batch last month. However, since news of actors coming and going in Atlanta tends to make its way online, fans at least know the characters (aside from those who survived Thanos’ snap) appearing in the film, like Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Pom Klementieff’s Mantis. The latest MCU cast member to apparently join the reshoots is Holland.

Related: Avengers 4 Reshoots Casting EMS Workers for Possible City Battle Scene

A Twitter user with the handle goldenclosetboy shared an image of Holland on a flight from Atlanta to New York on October 5, giving fans the impression that the actor was in town to participate in the ongoing reshoots for Avengers 4. Holland – who’s also in the middle of filming Spider-Man: Far From Home – had just come back in the U.S. to continue shooting the Phase 4 film, following months of production around Europe. And while Spider-Man: Homecoming filmed at Pinewood Atlanta back in 2016, its sequel isn’t scheduled to use the facility, further backing up the idea he was in town for Avengers 4. Check out the photo below.

It’s uncertain in what capacity the currently dead MCU heroes will be involved in Avengers 4. While Thanos claimed that the genocide would be random, Marvel Studios brilliantly picked out the original Avengers and several important supporting characters to survive the purge, giving them one last mission before some (or most of them) bid goodbye to the franchise. Heroes like Captain America and Black Widow who didn’t have much to do in Avengers: Infinity War are expected to play a pivotal part in the Phase 3 capper, and chances are that the focus of the film will be on the principal heroes.

Having said that, Avengers 4 is both the end to a 22-film arc, and the beginning of a new one, so fans can expect that there will be some sort of passing of the baton between the MCU’s old guard and new faces. Considering that Spider-Man is Iron Man’s protege – with Stark playing the role of Peter’s mentor since his introduction in Captain America: Civil War – a reunion between the two is a fitting way to end Iron Man’s arc should he die in the upcoming film, and a great setup for Peter’s future journey as a superhero.

More: Spider-Man & Nick Fury Go Boating in New Far From Home Set Photo

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2018-10-07 09:10:42 – Ana Dumaraog

Robert Downey Jr. Responds to Chris Evans’ Emotional Captain America Thank You Letter

Robert Downey Jr. has responded to Chris Evans’ Captain America thank you letter, in which the latter reflected on wrapping Avengers 4. The two actors are currently in Atlanta, where reshoots for the upcoming Marvel film are taking place. Besides Downey and Evans, other actors – including Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, Paul Rudd and Scarlett Johansson, and Elizabeth Olsen and Pom Klementieff – have all been spotted on set. Reshoots began in September. According to Mark Ruffalo, these reshoots will “finish the movie,” rather than just fixing scenes or adding additional lines.

These last days on set are sure to be an emotional period for the cast. Many of them have been playing these characters since MCU Phase 1, and have worked together onscreen almost as long. The original Avengers are so close they even got matching tattoos. Saying goodbye at the end of filming is sure to be bittersweet, as for some, it’ll be for the last time. Evans posted a tweet commemorating his wrap on Avengers 4, and saying what an honor playing Steven Rogers had been. Of course, this caused the MCU fandom to break down as well, believing that this seals Cap’s Avengers 4 fate. Regardless of if the character lives or dies, the film will most likely be the end of the line for Evans, whose contract is up.

Related: Everything We Know About Avengers 4’s Reshoots

Robert Downey Jr. subsequently responded to Evans’ emotional tweet with one of his own. He posted: “We all know who the real sheriff in town is“, with an image of Woody and Buzz from Toy Story. Buzz is dressed in Iron Man armor, while Woody is decked out in red, white, and blue Captain America regalia. The poster reads, “To Infinity War and Beyond” a cute nod to both the Avengers: Infinity War title and the saying from the animated Pixar film. Check out the tweet and image below.

Update: Chris Evans has since responded to RDJ’s response. Check it out below.

Iron Man and Captain America have been mainstays of the MCU since 2008 and 2011, respectively. The actors have become as iconic as the characters they play, and oftentimes it’s hard to draw a line between the two. It’s almost impossible to imagine the movies without either of these characters, but it’s a reality Marvel fans are slowly realizing they’re going to have to face very soon.

Avengers 4 will mark both a beginning and an end of sorts. While it’s likely time to say goodbye to actors like Evans and Downey Jr., the next round of MCU movies will also usher in a new era of characters. Heroes like Captain Marvel, Shuri, Black Panther, and Valkyrie will step up to take the place of the fallen or retired. The future of Marvel Studios is in good hands.

More: Mark Ruffalo Fake Spoils Avengers 4 Title; Directors Fake Fire Him

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2018-10-06 03:10:58 – Brittany Rivera

Valkyrie Was Not Killed by Thanos’ Snap, Confirms Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson has taken to social media to confirm that Valkyrie survived Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Infinity War. According to the actress, Valkyrie is fine – and she’s “thriving.

The cliffhanger ending of Infinity War saw Thanos commit genocide on a galactic scale. The Mad Titan snapped his fingers, and half the life in the universe was erased from existence in a matter of moments. Horrified viewers watched as iconic heroes such as Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Star-Lord crumbled to dust before their eyes. Since then, Marvel has gradually revealed which secondary characters made it out of Infinity War alive. Angela Bassett confirmed that Ramonda and Shuri survived, Aunt May wasn’t dusted, and Thor’s roommate Daryl is still in the land of the living. The list of the lost includes both Lady Sif and Betty Ross, though.

Related: Kevin Feige Reveals Why The Original Avengers Survived Infinity War

Now, Tessa Thompson has confirmed that her character Valkyrie is numbered among the survivors. When one fan asked on Twitter whether or not Valkyrie had disintegrated, Thompson gave a simple reply, unequivocally shooting down the notion that the elite Asgardian warrior had died. Her reply can be seen below.

In truth, most viewers had already suspected Valkyrie was fine. She was one of the Asgardian refugees to escape Thanos’ wrath; although her fate wasn’t shown in Avengers: Infinity War, dialogue confirmed that Thanos had spared half of the Asgardians. Ironically enough, though, they’ll then have been struck by another disaster when Thanos snapped his fingers, and another half of the survivors faded away. But it seems Valkyrie wasn’t one of the countless billions killed by Thanos.

Valkyrie is set to play some sort of role in Avengers 4. Tessa Thompson was on set in Edinburgh back in May last year; more recently, she headed to Atlanta for a couple of days, coincidentally at the same time Chris Hemsworth was in the city as well. Marvel Studios is currently filming reshoots for next year’s Avengers epic, and it seems highly likely that’s why Thompson was around.

Valkyrie may have been one of the most popular characters in Thor: Ragnarok, but she was entirely absent from Infinity War. While this seems to be something of a stumble on Marvel’s part, it’s likely because of the logistical challenge of producing so many films at such a high speed. By the time Marvel realized how much of a hit they had with Valkyrie, it was far too late to adjust the script of Infinity War. Marvel had a similar issue with Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, whose role in the team-up film was surprisingly small given the success of his solo film. Hopefully these issues have been corrected for next year.

More: Thor Ragnarok Almost Destroyed Valhalla Not Asgard

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2018-09-29 03:09:57 – Thomas Bacon

Marvel’s Original VALKYRIE Has Finally Returned

Marvel fans may know the version of Valkyrie from the Thor: Ragnarok movie best, but the original Brunnhilde is returning to the comics universe in a BIG way.

Fans knew to expect that the classic Valkyrie would be traveling from Valhalla back into the land of Marvel’s living soon enough, helping to found the publisher’s replacement for its outlaw Guardians – known as the Asgardians of the Galaxy. Valkyrie isn’t the only Thor character on the team, but she’s definitely one of the most anticipated.

And thanks to the preview of Asgardians of the Galaxy #1, we’ve got our first look at classic Valkyrie back in action.

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The fans of Tessa Thompson’s take on Valkyrie may be a bit confused, and with good reason. Especially after the strong fan response to the Ragnarok hero led to the movie version of Valkyrie joining Marvel Comics. But that MCU variation was only an alternate-dimension-crossover. The original Valkyrie, Brunnhilde, was recently recruited by the god of thunder himself – when Thor died to travel to Valhalla and request her help.

Request her help, along with that of all other members of the Valkyrie. The mission took an unexpected turn when the villain was defeated – after Thor gained the power of the King of Hel – and the heroes sent back to the living Earth (Thor’s brother Balder and Brunnhilde included).

At the time, Brunnhilde’s ability to take a physical form and state her plan to stay on Earth a while seemed unclear. In her most recent comic stories, Brunnhilde could only walk the Earth while sharing the body of Annabelle Riggs, her former teammate (and lover). That confusion is cleared up now that Marvel has offered a preview of Asgardians of the Galaxy #1, showing Annabelle being recruited for her Asgardian alter ego.

And recruited by team leader Angela, Thor’s sister. So yes… this is a book that fans of the extended Thor universe will want to watch out for. Because it doesn’t take Valkyrie long to take over her and Annabelle’s body, and let her blade do the talking:

Skurge the Executioner is also on hand as a member of the team, played by Karl Urban in Thor: Ragnarok. Keep the host of MCU-familiar characters coming, since the team also features an Asgardian Destroyer best known as a powerful suit of armor designed to be strong enough to take on a Celestial (with the current pilot… unknown).

Add in Thunderstrike, the now-adult Kevin Masterson who claimed the similarly-named mace from his own father, who took Thor’s place in the Marvel Universe when the true hero went AWOL. And it wouldn’t be a true Asgardian hero reunion without Throg, the frog who befriended Thor (in frog form) and earned his own hammer, Frogjolnir.

Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 arrives on September 5th from Marvel Comics.

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