UPDATE (January 8): The final member of Marvel’s new Exiles team has been revealed: Valkyrie, in the style of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version played by actress Tessa Thompson in Thor: Ragnarok.
Take a look:
Given that Exiles team members are pulled from different universes, that made it easy for Marvel to create a new version based on Thompson’s character. In a statement released by Marvel, editor Wil Moss clarified that this is not the MCU character herself but a new version inspired by her. Series writer Saladin Ahmed described her as “the Lone Defender of Asgard, and she’s a tankard-draining, maiden-wooing, giant-slaying thunderbolt of a woman,” which confirms that she is queer just like her classic counterpart.
Here’s a look at the completed cover to Exiles #1 with Valkyrie no longer in shadow.
The original story is below.
Marvel Comics have revealed the return of Exiles, an ongoing comic book series that will be written by Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt) and penciller Javier Rodriguez (Spider-Woman) along with inker Alvaro Lopez, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Joe Caramagna.
Check out the cover to Exiles #1:
The original Exiles saw various characters from across the alternate worlds and divergent timelines of the Marvel multiverse team up to fix broken timelines, and this new series is following a similar path. The original Nick Fury is now a cosmic observer (like the Watchers) called the Unseen, and when he sees a threat to the multiverse, he recruits a team consisting of Blink (from the original Exiles), Khan (an older, battle-worn version of Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel), Iron Lad (a younger version of Kang the Conqueror who became a hero with the Young Avengers), Wolvie (a cutesy cartoon version of Wolverine), and one more to-be-revealed character.
“EXILES is a two-fisted, big-hearted wild ride of a book about a diverse team of alternate universe Marvel heroes banding together to stop a dire threat to the multiverse. Sort of WHAT IF? meets classic X-Men,” Ahmed said in a statement. “Grizzled old Kamala Khan! Disgustingly cute cartoon Wolverine! It’s a dream of a book to be working on for a Marvel fanboy such as myself, full of deep-cut guest stars and mind-blowing easter eggs. But it’s also new-reader friendly — a self-contained story of a group of misfits coming together, learning to trust each other, and, if they’re lucky, saving the !@$# universe.”
Exiles #1 goes on sale April 11, 2018.