“Creed” and “War on Everyone” actress Tessa Thompson tells The Los Angeles Times this weekend that she was keen on her role as Valkyrie in Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” because it breaks the mold for female characters in the genre.
Thompson tells the outlet that non-formulaic and better characterization are the key to attracting good talent to female roles, and those involved in the film seemed to understand the ‘tough yet sexy’ routine that women in action films often get saddled with are very limiting:
“There’s an unfair position that women are sometimes put in, in the context of superhero movies and action movies where at once they have to be very strong and fierce, but also sexy.
Obviously, it’s still a superhero movie and so you’ve got to figure out when you need to stand with your hands on your hips and what makes sense. But we wanted to create a character that occupied her own iconography.
There’s one word I hate in all scripts in Hollywood at the moment in describing women, and that is the word ‘badass.’ That word has just crept into every script that is pushed around this town now.
It’s terrible, because it doesn’t mean anything. It’s a dumb male writer’s way of saying, ‘Ah, uh, she’s like, she, uh, she’s tough.’ Then straight after that it’s like, ‘She’s badass, but she’s got a beauty about her. And she’s sexy. Unconsciously sexy.'”
“Thor: Ragnarok” finally gives us a proper female primary villain in the MCU, one more than capable of crushing the literal symbol of Thor’s manhood with just one hand.
“Thor: Ragnarok” opens in cinemas on November 3rd.