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Yes, Thor: Ragnarok Helped Chris Hemsworth And Tessa Thompson Book Men In Black: International

Thompson and Hemsworth in the Men in Black trailer
Thompson and Hemsworth in the Men in Black trailer

It’s no secret that superhero movies are everywhere. Arguably the most popular genre in filmmaking, tons of talented actors are hoping to become superheroes themselves, and therefore allow their professional profile to skyrocket due to the record breaking nature of comic book flicks. Becoming a Marvel or DC hero often leads to other acting opportunities, which was apparently the case with co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have already had long and successful careers when they bantered and kicked ass in Taika Waititi’s threequel. But their chemistry was palpable in theaters, with Marvel fans hoping the duo of Asgardians might return for a fourth movie. And it turns out that their work together helped them book the lead roles in the upcoming , as producer Walter F. Parkes recently revealed:

The first three pictures are very dependent on Will and Tommy’s particular chemistry and on the comic approach that Barry brought. So we knew we needed performers with these vivid personalities and an inherent rapport, and luckily we could see the seeds of that in .

While Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ shoes are giant ones to fill, Walter F. Parkes revealed to EW that the team of did their best to find actors who could play off each other just as successfully. And given how unique Valkyrie and Thor’s relationship in was, the pair of Thompson and Hemsworth seemed like the perfect dynamic duo to take on the the iconic black suits, and face intergalactic threats.

Despite the innumerable reboots and remakes currently being produced by the entertainment world, moviegoers do seem excited to jump back into the franchise with . This is likely due to the film’s fantastic cast, including Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, and Kumail Nanjiani. And with Thompson and Hemsworth taking center stage for the upcoming sequel, they can rest easy knowing Marvel fans are behind them.

Valkyrie with a knife to Thor's throat

was a game changer for the franchise, as Taika Waititi took on the mantle of director and brought a sense of levity and irreverence to one of the OG Marvel properties. While the threequel was lacking Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie showed up on the screen to show a very different Asgardian. She had a tragic backstory, a substance abuse problem, was an LGBT character, and fit right in with Thor, Hulk, and Loki.

While Valkyrie was noticeably absent during (especially the first scene depicting the Asgardian massacre), smart money says she’ll pop back up in the MCU eventually. It’s just not clear when, as Marvel Studios hasn’t released its slate of movies for Phase Four, and the franchise’s future is a total mystery.

will reunite Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth when it arrives in theaters on June 14, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies this year.

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