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How Thor: Ragnarok's Tessa Thompson Felt After Seeing Black Panther

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Marvel Studios continues to push through Phase 3, with Black Panther next on deck to potentially wow audiences. The Los Angeles premiere happened a few days ago, and it seems that Thor: Ragnarok actress Tessa Thompson was in attendance. So how did she feel about Ryan Coogler's Marvel epic? As it turns out: it looks like she loved it. The Valkyrie actress took to social media after seeing the film and wrote:

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Short, sweet, and to the point. So it seems pretty clear that Tessa Thompson liked what she saw at the Black Panther premiere. The Thor: Ragnarok actress has become a vocal champion for increased diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (that's actually one of the main reasons she signed on to portray Valkyrie in the first place), and Black Panther's headline-grabbing emphasis on black and female representation likely played a very big role in her enjoyment of the film.

Then there's also the matter of her connection with the film. During her appearance at the Black Panther premiere, she spoke out to ET about her time working with Ryan Coogler and Creed and the sense that he was destined for big things like this movie, saying:

I think with Creed - and I'm partial - but it really showed the emergence of such an important incredible filmmaker in the form of Ryan Coogler. So to get to see him take on this material, this epic material, is fantastic.

Now we just have to get Valkyrie, Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone) together in a movie directed by Ryan Coogler and we can have a full-blown Creed reunion. Not saying that will happen, but it's clear that Tessa Thompson has a lot of love for the Fruitvale Station director.

Of course, even without those personal qualities and connections to Black Panther, there are still plenty of reasons why Tessa Thompson would like what she saw on the screen. Some of the visual effects (particularly those featured on Panther's new suit) arguably look reasonably groundbreaking, and fans have already heard that early reactions to some of the film's action sequences have been overwhelmingly positive. We won't know how well Black Panther will do with mainstream viewers until it premieres, but all of these strong early reactions seem to bode well for what's on the horizon in this corner of the Marvel lore.

Audiences will get to see what all of the fuss is about in the world of Black Panther when the film finally makes its theatrical debut on February 16. That said, early critical reactions from the premiere and press screenings have already hit the web, so make sure to check those out and keep getting hyped for the upcoming Marvel solo movie!

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.