Valkyrie is a fictional superheroine appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, based on the Norse mythological figure Brynhildr, was created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema.
First appearing in The Avengers #83 December 1970, Valkyrie became a mainstay of the superhero team known as the Defenders and a close ally and one-time love interest of the superhero Thor. Valkyrie, also known by her Asgardian name Brunnhilde, was selected by Odin to lead his personal unit of shield-maidens, the Valkyrior.
Renowned for her prowess in battle, Valkyrie is often accompanied by her winged horse Aragorn and carries the enchanted sword Dragonfang. In the 2010s, Valkyrie became a founding member of the Secret Avengers and co-leader of the Fearless Defenders with Misty Knight.
Among Valkyrie’s other aliases are Barbara Norris, Samantha Parrington, Sian Bowen and Annabelle Riggs, who all at one point hosted her spirit. Samantha Parrington, one of Valkyrie’s previous hosts, later received superhuman powers and became a member of the Defenders herself.
Tessa Thompson portrays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Endgame(2019), and will return in Thor: Love and Thunder (2021).
Brunnhilde is an Asgardian Valkyrie who was part of an elite group of warriors called the Valkyrie, and the Queen of New Asgard. She resided on Sakaar as a bounty hunter named Scrapper 142 after her defeat at the hands of Hela.
Years into her self-imposed exile, Valkyrie found the Asgardian prince Thor and sold him to the Grandmaster, only to grow towards him when he told her of Hela’s new invasion of Asgard. Joining the Revengers, Valkyrie escaped from Sakaar and assisted Thor to defeat Hela, witnessing the Ragnarök as a result before she then joined all of the remaining survivors traveling towards Earth.
only for the Statesman to be attacked by the Black Order. She was one of the few survivors from Thanos’s attack, helping lead the remaining Asgardians to safety before the Mad Titan destroyed the ship and killed the remaining forces, and ultimately survived the Snap.
Valkyrie, also spelled Walkyrie, Old Norse Valkyrja (“Chooser of the Slain”), in Norse mythology, any of a group of maidens who served the god Odin and were sent by him to the battlefields to choose the slain who were worthy of a place in Valhalla.
These foreboders of war rode to the battlefield on horses, wearing helmets and shields; in some accounts, they flew through the air and sea. Some Valkyries had the power to cause the death of the warriors they did not favor; others, especially heroine Valkyries, guarded the lives and ships of those dear to them.
Old Norse literature made references to purely supernatural Valkyries and also to human Valkyries with certain supernatural powers. Both types of beings were associated with fairness, brightness, and gold, as well as bloodshed.
In Norse mythology, a valkyrie from Old Norse is one of a host of female figures who decides those who may die in battle and those who may live. Selecting among half of those who die in battle the valkyries take their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla ruled over by the god Odin.
There, the deceased warriors become einherjar (Old Norse “single fighters”. When the einherjar is not preparing for the events of Ragnarök, the valkyries bear them mead. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, sometimes accompanied by ravens and sometimes connected to swans or horses.
Valkyrie And Thor
Thor is Former Enemy, Former Teammate, and Former King of Valkyrie. Scrapper 142 located a group of Sakaaran Scrappers that had just captured Thor. Considering Valkyrie’s payment for delivering the contender to the Grandmaster, she intervened the Scrappers and parked her Warsong in front of them.
With the opportunity to capture Thor, Valkyrie took him by the broken cape and went onboard in her ship. Valkyrie drove her Warsong with Thor being knocked out, it soon that Thor had eventually regained consciousness.
When she encountered the Asgardian prince Thor, Valkyrie initially remained apathetic and unmoved by his efforts to get her to help him and Hulk escape. Valkyrie took a sharp turn however when in an encounter with Loki, he unlocked the memories of the Valkyrie massacre that she had buried long ago, forcing her to finally confront her fear and guilt and enabling her to begin moving past it at last.
Thus, Valkyrie finally resolved to help Thor and Hulk escape Saakar and help save the Asgardian people from Hela. By the time she reached Asgard, she was essentially her old self again except her penchant for heavy drinking remained.
Nonetheless, she bravely charged into battle against Hela’s Berserkers and helped distract Hela long enough to cause the Goddess’ eventual downfall at the hands of Surtur. Following this, she rejoined her people as a lieutenant of Thor.
Valkyrie embodied all that the Valkyrie was renowned for; she was selfless, brave, noble, loyal and dedicated to her people, to her Valkyrie sisters, and to Asgard. Sadly, the Massacre of the Valkyrie by Hela inflicted deep psychological scars on Valkyrie, traumatizing her greatly.
The final blow came as she witnessed a fellow Valkyrie sacrifice herself to save her from Hela’s attack. With the overwhelming grief combined with anger against Odin for sending them against Hela, and with the shame of being the only survivor, Valkyrie abandoned Asgard and fled into exile on Sakaar.
Valkyrie’s overall personality underwent a drastic change during her time on Sakaar. She became a notorious alcoholic, seeking to eventually drink herself to death, and adopted a rude, sardonic, gung-ho and generally selfish attitude towards everyone besides the Grandmaster and Hulk.
Valkyrie is the strongest of all Valkyrior. Like all her people, her body is several times denser than that of humans. She is not immortal, but she ages far more slowly than humans. Valkyrie is immune to all earthly diseases and is difficult to injure.
Her Asgardian physiology grants her enhanced levels of stamina. Valkyrie can perceive the approach of death, in the form of a “deathblow” surrounding a person’s body. She does not know how death will come but she can tell that it is imminent.
Valkyrie can transport herself and a dying or dead body to and from the realm of the dead by willing it. Valkyrie has had extensive training in sword fighting as well as unarmed combat and horseback riding. Her natural fighting ability is among the best of all Asgardians, matched only by
As an Asgardian, Valkyrie possesses superhuman physical attributes such as strength, durability, speed, reflexes, agility, and stamina, and she is an extremely powerful combatant. She wields a double-edged sword, which she uses to great effect.
Asgardian Physiology: Valkyrie possesses all of the various superhuman attributes common among the Asgardians, including superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, durability, and longevity. Due to her being a former Valkyrie, who were an elite fighting force, her physical attributes are higher than the average Asgardian.
Superhuman Strength: Like all Asgardians, Valkyrie is superhumanly strong and possesses greater physical strength than the average Asgardian as a warrior maiden. She managed to help Thor stalemate Hela with a kick managing to slightly make her stumble back and she managed to stab her with enough force to cause her some pain and impale her through the chest with her sword.
Superhuman Durability: Valkyrie’s body is much more resistant to physical harm than that of a normal human being. Hence, she was able to withstand Hela’s mighty attacks, falls from great heights, extreme pressures and temperatures, and powerful explosions. Valkyrie also resisted being shot down, along with Aragorn, by an energy shot from Thanos’ ship.
Superhuman Speed: Valkyrie can move at high speeds, allowing her to dodge a powerful attack from Hulk, to deflect a wave of projectiles hurled at her by Hela in rapid succession, and to momentarily incapacitate Hela with a sudden jump on the latter.
Superhuman Agility: Valkyrie naturally possesses greater agility, dexterity, balance, and body coordination than that of a normal human being, allowing her to easily jump and fall on her feet.
Superhuman Stamina: Like all Asgardians, Valkyrie’s musculature produces considerably fewer fatigue toxins during physical activity than that of humans, which allowed her to fight many Berserkers, and even the more powerful Hela herself, without tiring at all.
Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite her body’s resistance, Valkyrie can be injured like any other Asgardian. However, her metabolism enables her to rapidly regenerate damaged bodily tissue with greater speed and efficiency than that of a human. Similarly, she is unaffected by drinking large amounts of alcohol.
Longevity: Like all Asgardians, Valkyrie ages at a rate that is much slower than that of a human being, allowing her to remain physically young for thousands of ye
Master Combatant: As the leader of the Valkyrie, Valkyrie is one of the most powerful warriors of Asgard with immense training and millennia worth of experience in unarmed combat and swordsmanship.
Sword Mastery: Valkyrie has proven to be an immensely skilled and formidable swordswoman, managing to defeat several Berserkers, and to fight off Hela with her sword.
Knife Mastery: Valkryie is highly skilled with knives, being able to contend with Loki in a brief sparring match.
Spear Mastery: As an Asgardian warrior maiden, Valkyrie was trained in different Asgardian weapons, as in the handling of a spear in combat. This was demonstrated when he used a spear to defeat many soldiers of Thanos’ army and to cut a Leviathan.
Multilingualism: As an Asgardian, Valkyrie is well-versed in the native languages of several alien species among the Nine Realms.
Expert Pilot: As a scavenger and bounty hunter, Valkyrie is well-versed with operating various types of spacecraft, including her own ship, the Warsong
Dragonfang: The standard-issue sword for all the Valkyrie.
Daggers: Valkyrie was equipped with dual daggers that she used against Thor and would later use them while sparring with Loki.
Asgardian Spear: Weapon from Asgard used to fight.
Valkyrie’s Armor: As a former Valkyrie maiden, Brunnhilde wears a prestigious gray and white uniform consisting of an ornate protective armor that includes: a chest plate with a collar or high collar protector, shoulder protectors, gauntlets, boots, and other armor plates. His armor is also complemented by a blue layer of cloth that has the symbol of Odin in relief.
Warsong Remotely-Controlled Gatlings: Activating a pair of holographic devices on her gauntlets, Valkyrie is able to remotely controlled the weapons of the Warsong.
Warsong: The ship of Valkyrie; used to bring Thor to the Grandmaster.
Commodore: Grandmasters space ship used to escape Sakaar.
Statesman: Grandmasters ship used to transport the surviving Asgardians, Valkyrie, Loki, Thor, Korg, Meik, and himself. It was later attacked by Thanos.
Valkyrie In Other Media
Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in the 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok Brunnhilde appears in the Hulk vs. Thor segment of the Hulk Vs DVD, voiced by an uncredited Nicole Oliver. She and her Valkyrior troops defend Asgard from an attack by the Hulk, who had separated from Bruce Banner by Loki. She is immediately swatted aside by Hulk when she attacks him.
Brunnhilde appears in Thor: Tales of Asgard voiced by Cathy Weseluck. Tessa Thompson portrays Valkyrie/Brunnhilde in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning in 2017. In Avengers: Infinity War, Valkyrie does not appear, but the movie’s director Joe Russo revealed that she survived Thanos’ attack on the Asgardian ship at the beginning of the film.
Thompson reprises the role in Avengers: Endgame in 2019. She is settled in New Asgard on Earth, directing the visiting Hulk and Rocket to Thor’s house when they come to recruit him for their mission to travel back in time and ‘borrow’ past versions of the Infinity Stones to undo the Snap.
She later joins forces with the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Asgardians and their allies in the climactic battle against Thanos. At the end of the film, Thor appoints her as the king of New Asgard while he departs Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy to return to his old adventuring roots.
Valkyrie appears in The Super Hero Squad Show episode “Mental Organism Designed Only for Kissing” voiced by Michelle Trachtenberg.Thor falls in love with her when she helps Ms. Marvel, Thor, and Iron Man fight Abomination, Fin Fang Foom, and MODOK.
When Iron Man tries to invite Valkyrie out to a “Ride of the Valkyries” performance, Valkyrie declines, noting Iron Man’s failure to gather the Infinity Sword Fractals. Valkyrie appears in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes episode “The Fall of Asgard”, voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey.
She, Sif, and the other Valkyries rescue Ant-Man and an unconscious Wasp from Ymir and the Frost Giants. Valkyrie appears in the animated series Guardians of the Galaxy, she made her debut in the episode “The Real Me”, voiced by Raven-Symoné. Her appearance is based on Tessa Thompson’s character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Valkyrie appears as an NPC in the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, voiced by Nika Futterman. Weasel has a crush on her, but she is annoyed by him and is instead attracted to Deadpool, though he does not reciprocate her feelings.
Deadpool states to Valkyrie that Weasel has that way with women ever since he brought his cousin to the prom. During the quest to open Bifrost Bridge, Valkyrie will ask the heroes to recover her sword Dragonfang. If the player finds her sword Dragonfang, Asgard will be easily freed with her aid, Loki will be imprisoned in chains, and Ragnarok never comes to pass.
If the player doesn’t find Dragonfang, Valkyrie will fall in the battle to free Asgard, Balder will die trying to save her, and Asgard will refuse contact with Earth for a century. When Dragonfang is found, Valkyrie will use her abilities to call it to her. When Odin is freed from his dark magic confinement, he will be recalled to Asgard by Valkyrie to recover.
Valkyrie Marvel’s Endgame
During Avengers: Infinity War, many were left wondering what the status of Valkyrie was as Brunnhilde did not appear in the scene where Thanos decimates the Asgardian population. Had she died at the beginning of the film? Had she been erased thanks to Thanos’ snap with the Infinity Gauntlet? Luckily, we were given a definitive answer in Endgame with Valkyrie helping the newly transferred citizens of Asgard in their new home of New Asgard.
At the end of Endgame, Thor finds himself in a position where he no longer wants to be King of Asgard and offers the crown to Valkyrie, a “born leader”. Valkyrie accepts the offer and marches forward into an uncertain future that looks all the brighter now that Thanos has been dispatched.
A Disney + series has not been confirmed for her and there’s been no talk of what MCU movie she may appear in next, whether it be her own or as part of an ensemble. Certainly, fans are itching to see more Valkyrie, with a comic book series on the way to start, albeit starring Thor supporting cast member Jane Foster in the role.
Valkyrie Marvel’s first LGBTQ Superhero
The Marvel Cinematic Universe will get its first LGBTQ superhero, which will be Valkyrie in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.“The answer is yes,” Feige confirmed. “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films.
Not in just Thor 4.” Thor Chris Hemsworth handed over the reins to Valkyrie to rule New Asgard moving forward. Thus, Valkyrie is running this shit. In the fourth part of the Thor saga, she’s looking for someone to stand by her side.
“As the new king, she needs to find her queen,” Thompson teased during the panel hosted by the juggernaut production company. “That will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”
- Brynhildr “Byrnie of Battle” or “Mail-coat of Battle”
- Sigrdrifa “Victory Blizzard”
- Sigrún “Victory Rune”
- Hirst “The Shaker”
- Mist “The Mist” or “The Fog”
- Skeggjöld “Wearing a War Axe”