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The Nerdwriter is back with a new video essay, and this time, he's doing a deep dive into the epic action battle of Helm's Deep in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. It's an appreciation of how Jackson and co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens structured the battle as a microcosm of the larger story of the trilogy itself, and watching it may help you think differently about the scene the next time you sit down and rewatch these movies.
Video Essay Analyzes THE LORD OF THE RINGS' Unforgettable Helm's Deep Battle Scene
We recently got our first look at Cate Blanchett in the role of Hela in Thor: Ragnarok, and she looks great! Hela is the first real famale villain to be featured in the MCU, and I have no doubt that the actress is going to explode with awesomeness in the role.
We also learned a little information on the character, who is described as being “a little bit cross” after being locked away for millennia. After she's mistakenly released she's hellbent on not going back into that box so she unleashes hell on Asgard. For more detailed plot information on the film, click here.
In a recent interview with EW, Blanchett talked about several different aspects of the role and when asked why she decided to take the part in the first place she said:
"Well let’s face it: as a woman, these opportunities have not in the past come up very frequently and I think there’s a revolution happening from within Marvel. I’ve seen so many of the Marvel franchises, particularly being the mother of four. They tend to be the only type of film particularly having young boys. But for me as an actor, this is separate is my desire to work with [director] Taika Waititi."
She explained that she was excited to be a part of the new fresh direction that Waititi was taking the franchise. Blanchett then discussed being the first major female villain in the MCU, saying:
"Can you believe it? Can you believe we’re having this conversation and it’s 2017 and we’re talking about the first female villain? It’s ridiculous. There’s so much untapped potential villainy in women. It’s really exciting. I think finally it’s beginning to be acknowledged that women and men want to see a diverse array of characters, and that’s race, gender across the sexual spectrum."
Blanchett made sure to do a lot of research for her character and went to the comic books to figure out how she wanted to portray Hela in the film, including when she would and would not be masked in the film. She then brought up the weapons that Hela uses, saying:
"She’s able to manifest weapons. Her headdress can be weapons. She can manifest weapons out of different parts of her body. I won’t tell you which — I’ll leave that hanging."
From there she got into more of Hela's role in the story for Thor: Ragnarok and her motivation behind wanting to take control of Asgard:
"Well, Asgard is so good. I mean one only need to have a mildly unpleasant thought and you’re considered evil. Everyone is too perfect. Why not mess it all up? It’s easy to play bad but, like when I was in Cinderella, like what makes the stepmother evil is interesting. So, it was trying to in the screen time I had to tease that stuff and to give her a journey really. So hopefully we’re given her a journey, like how you understand why Loki is as screwed up as he is. Hopefully, there’s that satisfaction in watching Hela."
Blanchett also said she trained for some fight scenes in the film and said that she "did as much as was humanly possible for a middle-aged mother of four [laughs]."
We'll get to see Blanchett kick some ass in Thor: Ragnarok when it hits theaters on November 3rd!
Cate Blanchett Discusses Her Villainous Role of Hela in THOR: RAGNAROK
I thought the end of Logan was a beautiful conclusion to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. Interestingly enough, director James Mangold already revealed Logan's fate in his 2013 film The Wolverine. If you haven't seen Logan yet you might not want to read any furthur.
In case you forgot, the character Yukio predicted Wolverine's death when she said:
"I see you on your back, there’s blood everywhere. You’re holding your own heart in your hand."
If you've seen Logan, then you know at the end of the film Wolverine is lying on his back, blood everywhere, with his heart in his hand, in this case, his heart being his daughter Laura, a.k.a. X-23. It's actually quite poetic.
At first this may just seem like a fan theory, but when a fan pointed this out to Mangold on Twitter, the director confirmed it. Here are those tweets:
@_moegonzales3_ Well done, Maurice.— Mangold (@mang0ld) March 9, 2017
This little detail adds just a little bit more greatness to the end of Wolverine's movie run. Now I have to go see Logan again.
James Mangold Masterfully Revealed the Ending of LOGAN in THE WOLVERINE
Animation has come a long way since 1833, and this supercut from YouTubers The Solomon Society allows us to trace the evolution of the medium from its most basic form all the way up to 1990. It's like a "greatest hits" compilation for touchstones in animation history, and while a lot of you already know and love many of these individual films, it's still cool to see them stacked up one after another to show the innovation that has pushed the art form forward. (And it's not JUST Disney classics featured here, so that's a nice change of pace.) There's supposed to be a new video coming soon that tackles the years 1990-2017, so keep your eyes peeled for that if you're interested in seeing the complete evolution up to modern day.
Watch: The Evolution of 2D Animation
This is not the Disney live action version of The Little Mermaid. There are no talking crabs or adorable neon colored fish. This is the other live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s original fairy tale. It looks… pretty much terrible, but maybe kind of wonderful? I don’t know. The setting (the circus in the South) and the apparent framing device (old person telling a story to younger relatives) do give me a sort of Big Fish vibe, which I love, but it also seems pretty much like a Feature Films for Families joint. I bet I would love it if I had grown up watching it without knowing it was bad, though. I still have affection for The Buttercream Gang after all.
This take on the classic follows a journalist and his little sister who travel to Mississippi to find a real mermaid. There is an evil ringmaster. True love ensues, I am sure.
The actually decent cast includes Shirley MacLaine, Poppy Drayton (who shared the screen with MacLaine on Downton Abbey, oddly enough), William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia, The Royals), Loreto Peralta (Instructions Not Included), and Gina Gershon (Empire). The Little Mermaid is directed by Blake Harris and Chris Bouchard. Blake wrote the screenplay as well. The movie is expected to come out sometime this year, although no official release date has been announced yet.
First Trailer for Live Action THE LITTLE MERMAID Looks Like It Should Go Straight to VHS
First off, what the f*** has Zelda been doing these past 100 years? Has she been drinking brandy in a cigar smoke filled bar? This voice does not match the youthful princess we see in all the cinematic segments...read more on GameTyrant
Editorial: Princess Zelda's Voice Is Gross AF
A new promo video for Ridley Scott's Alein: Covenant has been released. It called "Meet Walter," and it was directed by Ridley's son Luke Scott, who also directed the prologue for the film that was released a couple weeks ago.
This new video focuses on the creation of Michael Fassbender's android character Walter, which is described as follows:
Walter is the world’s most advanced synthetic companion, designed to help you achieve a better human experience. Each model is individually calibrated to serve its owner’s unique set of needs and preferences.
The video has an unsettling tone, especially with that music. There's also a viral site that you can visit that offer more information on Walter that you can check out here. When talking about the this "Meet Walter" campaign, Ridley Scott said:
“Partnering with AMD, one of the world’s leading technology companies, for our film’s ‘Meet Walter’ campaign aligned perfectly with our vision of the incredible potential of AI that Michael so wonderfully brings to life through Alien: Covenant’s Walter. In AMD we have a partner at the forefront of developing and implementing artificially intelligent technologies, showcasing where the future of AI may well be heading. Bringing AMD into our longstanding collaboration with 20th Century Fox on the Alien films is inspiring and exciting.”
Alien: Covenant is set to be released on May 19th.
New ALIEN: COVENANT Promo Shows the Eerie Creation of Michael Fassbender's Walter
The first full red-band trailer has been released for Charlize Theron's new hardcore action thriller Atomic Blonde! As you'll see, she kicks some major ass, much in the same way that Keanu Reeves kicked ass as John Wick. That's probably because the movie was helmed by John Wick co-director David Leitch.
Theron takes on the role of Agent Lorraine Broughton, and she looks like she's going to be one hell of a strong female action hero. The first minute of this three-minute trailer just shows Theron getting brutally savage on a couple thugs trying to take her down, but she hands their asses to them. In an interview with EW, the actress talked about the intense training she did for the film saying:
"Let’s be honest, I got my ass handed to me every day. I cracked through two of my teeth in the back of my mouth from clenching so much that I had to have massive dental surgery right before we left for Budapest to shoot the film."
Damn! Atomic Blonde is based on the Oni Press graphic novel by writer Antony Johnston and illustrator Sam Hart.
Atomic Blonde offers a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.
The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
The movie also stars John Goodman, Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds), Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan), Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond, The Mummy), and Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger).
Atomic Blonde hits the big screen July 28 and I can't wait to see it!
Charlize Theron Kicks JOHN WICK-Style Ass in Red-Band Trailer for ATOMIC BLONDE!
I've got an incredibly eerie trailer for a vampire horror thriller called The Transfiguration, but it doesn't look like any kind of vampire movie that I've seen before. This has a unique, grounded story that sets it apart from the rest.
The story centers on a troubled teen named Milo (Eric Ruffin), "who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie (Chloe Levine), the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession."
I like what I'm seeing in this trailer as Milo gets a taste for real blood. There's a mystery that surrounds what is really going on with Milo. He's drinking blood but we don't know if he's really a vampire or just some kid who's crazy messed up in the head.
The Transfiguration will get a limited theatrical release starting April 7th and I'll definitely be checking it out.
A Young Teen Gets a Taste for Blood in Trailer for Unique Vampire Horror Film THE TRANSFIGURATION
If you've been to college in America, you're familiar with cornhole. It's the game in which two opposing teams attempt to toss bean bags into a hole on their opponents' board. Now, the team at Hyperdyne Labs has built the coolest cornhole board I've ever seen: it's based on the trench run sequence from the original Star Wars, and in addition to looking like a section of the Death Star, the board comes complete with lights and sound effects that take this thing to an entirely different level. Check it out:
Pretty incredible, right? I'm not actually sure if this is for sale or not — it doesn't seem like something Disney/Lucasfilm would be OK with people selling without approval — but either way, it's a super rad way to enhance a classic game. Excellent work!
This STAR WARS Trench Run-Themed Cornhole Board Is the Coolest in the Entire Galaxy
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is due out on Nintendo Switch April 28th, and with it some new features. A big one is the revamped battle mode, which has been changed since the game's initial launch on Wii U...read more on GameTyrant
You Can Dab With Donkey Kong in MARIO KART 8 DELUXE
We've already seen a lot of great and exciting footage from director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The movie is going to be a blast! Marvel has been pretty careful regarding the information they have released and they haven't really revealed that much in the way of the details that make up the story. Although, we do know the basic overall plot.
Cinema Blend recently sat down with Gunn to talk to him about the film and he offered some great information on the story arcs for each of the core team characters. Don't worry, he doesn't get into any spoiler territory, but he does offer some information that we haven't heard before. Especially in regards to the relationships of the characters and how they are bonding with each other.
"That's the first thing people say when they see the movie. The first movie was about Peter Quill, and the second movie has every single character have a complete arc, a complete story. They each learn something. It's a story about Peter Quill, with his father, but also his abusive step-father, Yondu.
"It's about Nebula's relationship with her sister, Gamora, and how that's not all that we saw in the first movie. It's a lot deeper and more complicated than that. We thought in the first movie that Gamora was the good guy, and Nebula's the bad guy, but that really isn't the whole story."
"I think it's a story about this poor little Rocket, who is in search of a father and in search of a somebody to give a shit, who cannot find it - and maybe does a little bit with Michael Rooker's character."
"It's about Dave Bautista and Mantis together, who become on the one hand close friends, and then on the other hand she's a surrogate daughter for the daughter that was murdered."
"And of course Baby Groot's relationship with all of them, they are the worst parents in the entire world! Who else brings a two-year-old son into a giant battle with a giant monster? Terrible parents! And maybe Gamora and Rocket are better than the other two. The other two are terrible. All of those things come together in a way that seems pretty magical."
I want to watch this movie right now because I'm just so damn excited about it! It's going to be fun to see how exactly the story arcs for these characters will play out throughout the course of the movie.
Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
The movie stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki, and Chris Sullivan.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released on May 5, 2017
James Gunn Shares New Details About Each Core Member of the Team in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
I was 13 when Samurai Jack went off the air. In the time that's passed, children have been born and are now the same age I was now that Jack is back from the past. I knew going into the revival that the series would be a different tone than the show I was used to and wondered whether or not that would affect my enjoyment of the show.
It did affect my enjoyment and transformed a favorite show from my past into a phenomenal work of art.
Adult Swim gave me a look at the first two episodes of Samurai Jack ahead of its premiere this Saturday, and I'm here to tell you it's not something you want to miss. Even if you just casually followed the series and are generally aware of the plot, you need to watch this show as I'm certain it will be among the best animation has to offer in 2017.
Right off the bat, you become aware that this is not the series you remember from your past. The colors pop, the scenes are more dynamic, and every bit of animation development since 2004 is present in this series. For a show that has always been noted for its well-drawn art-style, Samurai Jack somehow finds a way to raise the bar. Check out some of the epic screens and continue on below.
You've heard several times the story will be darker this time around, and that's no joke. 50 years have passed since Jack was thrown into the past, but something is wrong. Perhaps an ill-intended side effect, being trapped in time by Aku's spell has prevented Jack from aging. Jack has tried his best to battle Aku, but the dark lord's grip on the world is too powerful and Jack is well aware he's losing this battle against his nemesis. His mind is slipping as ancestors from his past and those he could not save haunt his memories and bring him visions of the destruction he could not prevent. The evil is great, and he's only one man.
You think that sounds dark? Just wait until you see Jack contemplating suicide to end what has been a hellish 50 years and a constant battle for survival as minions and foes come at him day after day. Jack's depression mounts as he realizes that without his sword (which he lost in a battle with Aku in season four) he will never defeat his foe or escape this hell. It comes to Jack questioning his morals and wondering if perhaps lines must be crossed for him to finally find peace.
This is such a far departure from the original series, but it's nothing short of incredible. As I've mentioned, the people who will be watching this series have grown up, and so has the show. While thematically the show is darker, there's still a lot of classic Jack to suck you back into the quirkiness that made the original series great. Aku's assassins are still goofy, and there are some spurts of comedy when it's appropriate. Aku, for example, has sunk into a deep depression. Despite his iron grip on the world, he's distraught that he cannot defeat Jack to the point where he pretends that it doesn't bug him anymore. It's moments like these that help break up the sadness in watching your childhood hero go through a psychotic breakdown.
The most important difference between this reboot and the last is Jack is no longer a shining beacon in a world who lost hope. An early battle in the series shows Jack rushing to the aid of a burning village only to discover on arrival that Aku's minion has slaughtered the entire village before he could get there. It isn't implied either, you see a child's corpse. I told you it was dark!
Whether you're a fan of Samurai Jack, action, animation, or anime there's something for you in this series. The series grabs you by the throat from the first scene and you'll find yourself wondering what happened to the time by the end of the episode. Jack is back, and better than ever. It's a damn shame we only get a handful of episodes to see him.
Catch the premiere March 11th at 11:00 PM EST.
Review: SAMURAI JACK Grows With Its Audience in a Phenomenal Way
I've got some pretty cool news for the Ghost in the Shell anime purists out there. The original voice actors from the original anime will be reprising their roles once again for the Japanese language dub of the live action film.
The news comes from the Japanese site Natalie, and they reveal that Akio Otsuka will be back in the role of Batou, a role he played in the 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime feature, as well as its 2004 sequel Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and Stand Alone Complex. They are also bringing back Koichi Yamadera who will be providing the voice of Togusa, while Atsuko Tanaka will be back in the role of Motoko Kusanagi a.k.a. The Major, who is played by Scarlett Johansson in the live-action film.
The director of the 1995 anime film, Mamoru Oshii, had this to say in a statement regarding the casting news:
“It’s been a while since they’ve played these characters. I definitely want them to deliver performances they see fit. They’re all pros, so there’s nothing to worry about, and I can only say that this is something to look forward to.”
I'd actually love to see the Japanese dubbed version of the film, especially with all these voice actors from the original coming back to reprise their roles. I watched that original anime film countless times when I was growing up. In a way, merging the original voice actors with the upcoming live-action film will bring a certain kind of purity to it.
What do you all think of the original Ghost in the Shell voice actors coming back to dub the new movie?
The Original GHOST IN THE SHELL Anime Voice Actors Will Dub the Live-Action Film in Japan
It looks like Josh Brolin's Thanos won't be alone for the ride while he embarks on a mission to collect all the Infinity Stones to wield with his Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers: Infinity War. He'll be bringing a few henchmen with him and one of those Henchmen will be played by motion-caption actor Terry Notary, who recently played King Kong in Kong: Skull Island.
While talking with THR about playing Kong in Skull Island, he reveals that he will be playing Thanos' right-hand man. He describes the character as being "truly evil" and went on to say that:
"I’m working on four characters right now. I’m working with Josh Brolin and three other actors [in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War], and I’m playing Josh Brolin’s right hand bad guy in the film."
He doesn't reveal who exactly he'll be playing, but I think it will end up being Corvus Glaive, who is described as being a merciless servant of the Mad Titan Thanos. He is considered the most loyal of Thanos' lieutenants that serve in the Black Order. He's also said to be the most favored by Thanos, "having cruelly betrayed his own people to achieve glory with Thanos."
That sounds to me like a "truly evil" character. Other members of the most recent version of the Black Order include Proxima Midnight, Supergiant, Ebony Maw and Black Dwarf.
I'm just speculating that it could be Corvus Glaive, but it seems like the most logical choice to me when it comes to a right-hand man for Thanos. Also, I'd just love it if he ended up being in this movie! He's a pretty badass villain. If you have any other suggestions for who it could be, let us know!
Thanos Will Have a "Truly Evil" Right Hand Man in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, Could It Be Corvus Glaive?
I love New Girl's Jake Johnson. He seems like one of those actors who is just a normal dude you'd like to do a bro hang with. If that's not true, no one tell me because I don't want that dream ruined. Anyway, Jake is headlining a new Netflix film where he plays an unlucky gambler. Here's the description of Win It All:
Jake Johnson (New Girl) stars as small time gambler Eddie Garrett, who agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When he discovers cash in the bag, he’s unable to resist the temptation and winds up deeply in debt. When the prison release is shortened, Eddie suddenly has a small window of time to win all the money back.
Will he do it? The trailer doesn't seem like he's going to get it done, but it does look pretty entertaining. The film, which also has Keegan-Michael Key, hits Netflix April 7th.
Jake Johnson Rolls the Dice in Surprising Trailer for WIN IT ALL
Narga-Lifestream is back with some more phenomenal cosplay! This time, the cosplay power couple tackle daughter of Johnny Cage, Cassie Cage. Every time these two release...read more on GameTyrant
Cassie Cage Is Kicking Ass In This MORTAL KOMBAT X Cosplay
It was previously announced that James Cameron's long-awaited Avatar sequel would be released in December 2018, but according to a recent interview with the filmmaker, that's not going to happen. The film has been delayed, yet again. I guess it's not a big surprise. When talking to The Star, Cameron explains why the film is being delayed yet again:
“Well, 2018 is not happening. We haven’t announced a firm release date. What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases. So we’re not making Avatar 2. We’re making Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5. It’s an epic undertaking. It’s not unlike building the Three Gorges dam. (Laughs) So I know where I’m going to be for the next eight years of my life. It’s not an unreasonable time frame if you think about it. It took us four-and-a-half years to make one movie and now we’re making four. We’re full tilt boogie right now. This is my day job and pretty soon we’ll be 24-7. We’re pretty well designed on all our creatures and sets. It’s pretty exciting stuff. I wish I could share with the world. But we have to preserve a certain amount of showmanship and we’re going to draw that curtain when the time is right.”
The original plan was to release Avatar 2 in December 2018 and that would be followed by the release of the other sequels, which would arrive in December 2020, December 2022, and December 2023. I imagine those release dates will end up changing as well and will all be rescheduled when a solid release date for Avatar 2 is announced.
I wonder what Fox thinks about all this. It will at least be 10 freakin' years since the first Avatar movie was released. It'll be interesting to see if that audience still cares after all these years. I guess it all depends on how the movie looks when we start actually seeing footage from it.
Yesterday we shared a couple of videos taking us on a tour of Disney World's upcoming new attraction, Pandora: The World of Avatar. It's in these videos that we learned that the attraction is actually part of the film saga that Cameron set out to make. It is set after the sequel and Cameron explained:
“So it’s Avatar the first movie, then there are the four sequels that we’re working on now and then a whole generation after that, when all the conflict, all the struggle and all the warfare between the Na’vi and the humans is over; and the Na’vi have welcomed us to Pandora to help us understand nature and ourselves better.”
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver are all set to return to the Avatar sequels and I'm excited to see what Cameron has planned. I'm sure that he'll once again blow us away with his filmmaking wizardry.
Surprise! James Cameron's AVATAR 2 Won't Make Its 2018 Release Date
Warner Bros. has released a beautiful new poster for Wonder Woman featuring a stunning shot of Gal Gadot in the title role as she kneels on the beaches of Themyscira contemplating the epic journey that awaits her. The poster was released in advance of a new full trailer for the film that is supposed to be released tomorrow.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny
Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Wonder Woman’s mother, Queen Hippolyta, and Robin Wright as Wonder Woman’s aunt, General Antiope. The cast also includes Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Elena Anaya, Florence Kasumba, and Saïd Taghmaoui.
Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017.
Stunning New WONDER WOMAN Poster Released Ahead of Tomorrow's New Trailer
The Thor: Ragnarok news continues to roll in, this time with additional details on Tessa Thompson's warrior character Valkyrie. As you've seen in the photos, she has a great look and this is a character that is going to see some action in the film.
EW recently interviewed director Taika Waititi and Thompson and they discuss the character, the role she plays in the story, and what they were looking to do with the character when bringing her to life. When talking about what he was looking for when casting the role, Waititi said:
“I’m not obsessed with the idea that you have to cast someone just to tick a box. You should cast people because they’re talented. [With Valkyrie] I wanted to make sure we weren’t making a female character that was boring and pretty. What I wanted was someone who was going to play the opposite and be even more of the ‘guy’ character than the guys. Ultimately I thought Tessa was the best person we found.”
I personally love that Thompson was cast and I think she's going to do some great things with the role. Thompson talked a little bit about Valkyrie's role in the story revealing that she is originally from Asgard and says:
"When we meet her and she meets Thor in Sakaar, I can’t really say much about what she’s doing there but she does have a relationship with Jeff Goldblum’s character — it’s a business relationship. She finds Thor and brings Thor to the Grandmaster thinking he might be of interest. The rest is a secret."
Is she going out and collecting warriors to battle it out in the gladiator arena? She went on to talk about her training for the film and how the director wanted Linda Hamilton from Terminator 2 to inspire her.
"She’s a real, real badass. The training was intense. Taika is fantastic. Sometimes with him you’re like are you joking or are you serious? And I was like, What kind of shape do I need to be in? I like to think I’m one of the least athletic people in real life. I don’t do a whole lot when I’m left to my own devices except wield forks and knives.
"Taika sent me a picture of Sarah Connor in [Terminator 2]. She’s incredibly buff and really lean and in leather. I took it seriously. I was like, 'Cool, I want to look like Sarah Connor and do like 10 pull ups.' By the time I was Valkyrie I could do 10 pull ups in one set and take a break and then do 10 more. I got really, really strong and buff."
Thompson is then asked about Valkyrie's character design and the costume she wears in the film, to which she replied:
"That was sort of a Taika remix. Marvel was really great, like 'Do what you will with these characters.' In Ragnarok, you’ll see a Banner like you’ve never seen before. You’ll see Thor with the short hair, which happens when he becomes this gladiator for the Grandmaster. But you really do get to see these established characters in a new way. Obviously if they were really dedicated to the source material they would not have cast me.
"As far as the armor, she’s such a bad ass that she doesn’t need a lot of metal to protect her. I’m essentially in leather. I have some really cool, like, chain mail like basically with my arms I can sort of shield and use them as weapons as well. I wield two daggers, which are sort of attached to me. And I also have a very special sword."
We still have yet to see what the Hulk will look like in the film, but I'm a big fan of what I've seen from all the other characters that have been showed off. I'm excited to see Valkyrie kick some ass in this movie, which hits theaters on November 3rd.
New Details on Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie in THOR: RAGNAROK Includes Story Info and Character Design