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The Exiles mysterious fifth teammate is a Thor: Ragnarok style Valkyrie

The swaggering drinking Lone Defender of Asgard is ready to help save the Multiverse with Blink's team.

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Previously it was revealed that The Unseen, formerly known as Nick Fury Sr., and fan-favorite Blink were coming together to form a brand new version of the multiverse hopping Exiles. At the time Marvel only revealed three of Blink’s teammates with one of them left in mysterious shadows.

Now that member has been revealed and those that saw Thor: Ragnarok last year might be pretty happy.

That’s because Marvel has announced that Saladin Ahmed, Javier Rodriquez, Alvaro Lopez, Jordie Bellaire and Joe Caramagna’s Exiles will feature a version of the Asgardian hero Valkyrie that looks just like Tessa Thompson’s version of the character from the feature film.

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“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.”

The man once known as Nick Fury is now simply the Unseen, who can only observe Earth from the moon. When a mysterious threat casts its shadow on the multiverse, his job is to recruit champions who can save it. Blink’s goal was once to save the world with the original EXILES, and now, she’ll need the help of Khan, Iron Lad, Wolvie and a mysterious to-be-revealed team member to help her fight an even more sinister evil.

Valkyrie joins the team led by Blink alongside team members Iron Lad, Wolvie, and Khan who is a grizzled veteran version of Kamala Khan.

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“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?”

Exiles arrives in April.

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