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This Historically White Marvel Character Got Replaced By An Afro-Latina In ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ And We Couldn’t Be Happier

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There’s a lot to be excited about in the new trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok.” Some are excited for the return of everyone’s favorite green monster:

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Cate Blanchett joins as Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death, Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki and we get to see short hair on Chris Hemsworth as Thor.

But others are more excited the Thor-capturing bad-ass Valkyrie played by none other than Tessa Thompson.

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Tessa has been killing it lately. She played one of the leads in “Dear White People,” she was Bianca in Creed and played Charlotte Hale, the big boss, on HBO’s hit “Westworld.” She’s also Afro-Latina, her father is of Panamanian descent and her mother is of Mexican and European descent.

And from what we see in the trailer, Tessa Thompson Valkyrie kicks ass.

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It appears that she’s responsible for helping capture Thor after he is stripped of his hammer, Mjöllnir and dropped on a junk planet.

Thompson, as Valkyrie helps keep Thor prisoner in the trailer.

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I’d be backing away slowly if I’d gotten Thor chained up, too.

She then appears to sell Thor over to The Grandmaster, played by Jeff Goldblum, in a look that you can legit see him wearing on like a Tuesday.

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At this point, this movie is just like Gladiator. Where’s Russel Crowe?

Check the trailer below to see Tessa Thompson kicking butt and Thor reuniting with the homie.

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READ: From Dancing Bachata To Shooting Giant Space Guns, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora Blasts Off In New ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Trailer


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Michelle Rodriguez Asks Local Cubans If They've Seen The Fast And Furious Franchise And Their Response Is Adorable

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Michelle Rodriguez Asks Local Cubans If They’ve Seen The Fast And Furious Franchise And Their Response Is Adorable

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Taking a break from the fast-paced filming of “The Fate of the Furious,” Michelle Rodriguez slowed things down to give fans a tour of Cuba. From the trailer for the movie, we already know that many action-packed sequences take place on the Pearl of the Antilles, so of course Rodriguez had some familiarity with the island. And much to many people’s surprise, Rodriguez dropped her Spanish skills when talking to the tour guide.

Just like the movie “The Fate of the Furious”…

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Vin Diesel is in the car that’s burning, because of course he is.

Rodriguez got to peep some of Cuba’s most well-known icons: the classic cars.

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Unlike other countries, where Porsches and GR-Rs dominate street-racing, in Cuba many of the cars are highly modified relics of the past. Michelle was given a first-hand tour of an auto shop, which she described as, “the kind of place where you can get the gnarliest level of innovation.”

For many in Cuba, modifying these old cars is a way of life.

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Thanks to sanctions from the U.S. and a foreign car import ban, for more than 50 years Cuban citizens had to jump man hurdles to acquire a newer model car, The Telegraph reported. Using Cuban ingenuity and innovation, these old cars are often souped up for high-speed races and have enjoyed a longer life than they might have had otherwise.

Of course, Rodriguez couldn’t help but ask if mechanics in Cuba were aware of the “Furious” franchise.

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And of course they were like, “claro.”

But Rodriguez got into way more than old cars while she toured Cuba.

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Rodriguez’s tour of the island took gave her an intimate look at the culture and the sights that rarely make it into the movies. And after her time in Cuba, Rodriguez broke down the message she walked away with, saying whether it’s in the music and dancing, or the love of old architecture and cars, passion is everywhere in Cuba.

“Fate of the Furious” drops on April 20th.


READ: This Music Video For ‘Fast And Furious 8’ Will Make You Want To Pack Your Bags And Visit Cuba

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