Not only do we have a brand new character joining the Marvel cinematic universe in Thor: Ragnarok, but it turns out another major character is leaving it.

Marvel has cast Tessa Thompson (Creed) in Thor: Ragnarok. Deadline quotes anonymous sourcesā€”so take that with whatever gravity you assign itā€”as saying that Thompsonā€™s role is ā€œa kind of superheroā€ who will show up in several Marvel movies. More interestingly is that Deadline describes her role as a love interest for Thor.

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The Hollywood Reporter is less certain about the details of Thompsonā€™s character, saying there werenā€™t any, but it did say that Thompson could be the female lead, since Natalie Portman isnā€™t returning.

Itā€™s not exactly a shock that Portmanā€™s exiting, since rumor had it that she wasnā€™t happy about returning for The Dark World. But if Thompson is playing a new love interest and Portmanā€™s not appearing, that means that Thor and Jane are going to be breaking up offscreen. Canā€™t wait for Thor to have to casually drop that in conversation.

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If Thompsonā€™s character comes from the comics, we can narrow it down pretty easily. Itā€™s not Sif or Lorelei, since weā€™ve met them already. Plus, ā€œsuperheroā€ leaves out Lorelei, who is a villain. It also leaves out Amora the Enchantress, who is also a villain. So maybe the part is as Brunnhilde the Vakyrie?

Or, you know, they could be expanding past the usual comic book suspects. Weā€™re going to have to wait to find out.

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