Tessa Thompson attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.
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We are absolutely ready to see Tessa Thompson in the new Thor: Ragnarok film. She will be playing a warrior named Valkyrie. Hopefully, she’s about to become our new favorite action star. But don’t call her character a “badass” just yet. Thompson opened up about why she dislikes it when people use that the term for female characters. If you don’t quite get why that phrase is annoying, her explanation lays it out in full.

That’s an excellent point, and one we haven’t heard that much from the actresses who play these parts.

There are many movies where the female character is only there to titillate. There’s nothing inherently wrong with having a heroine who can kick butt and still be sexy. But if all she’s there for is to provide eye candy, it’s definitely unfair to the actress. Sounds like Tessa Thompson is tired of seeing characters without any inner life of their own. It seems like she refuses to be only onscreen to be the sexy superhero sidekick.

It’s nice to see one of the ladies of the Marvel cinematic universe talking about agency and wanting more for her character than just being a “badass” in a super suit. However the movie plays out, we’re excited to watch Tessa Thompson shine.