Tessa Thompson's Most Iconic Performances and What's Coming Our Way

Tessa Thompson's Most Iconic Performances and What's Coming Our Way ...

Tessa Thomspon is easily recognized as one of the finest actors of the generation. She has both established herself in well-known franchises and independent or offbeat films, and she has even taken on additional roles in the production and directorial worlds.

Thompson is well-known for her role as Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in two Thor movies and Avengers: Endgame. While those may be her most famous roles, she has also been seen in a wide variety of other projects.

'For Colored Girls' (2010)

For Colored Girls, Thompson played Nyla Adrose in a tune from Ntozake Shange's 1975 choreopoem about colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. The choreopoem also had a Broadway revival in 2021-2022.

Three black women living in the same Harlem apartment building read love and life as well as the social challenges that come with the intersectionality of their identities.

'Dear White People' (2017)

Dear White People is a story about an Ivy League university with growing racial tensions told from the perspective of several black students. Thompson plays Samantha Sam White, a heritage media arts major who criticizes the racial injustices from white people at the school through her own radio program on campus titled Dear White People and a self-published book.

The film discusses some really difficult topics in a humorous tone, but it is still extremely effective in its message that white people need to both learn about black experiences and unlearn their racial prejudices. Besides Thompson's incredible performances, there is a Netflix spin-off series available.

'Copper' (2012)

Copper is a short-lived western television program about an Irish-American detective who returns from the Civil War to find his wife and daughter dead. Along the way, he meets new people and familiar acquaintances as he discovers what happened to his loved ones.

Sara Freeman (Thompson) is a ranaway slave whose brothers were lynched by Irishmen. Given the time period, the program also addressed some controversial topics and racial tensions. The program also became the first original scripted program on BBC America.

'Selma' (2014)

Selma is about the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, due to the ongoing discrimination against black Americans (making it difficult to vote) in the South, despite the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the catalyst for a marchthrough of violence that resulted in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act in 1965, guaranteeing black Americans the right to have their voices heard. Thompson plays Diana Nash, a real Civil Rights activist and leader of the student wings of the civil rights movement.

'Thor' Franchise

Thompson first appeared as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and continued in the same role in Thor: Love and Thunder. She was a member of the Valkyries from Asgard, their most powerful and elite warriors. She was one of the few survivors after Hela killed many others.

She joined Thor's team in Thor 4, finding him in a scrapyard, and dethroned Hela once more.

'Westworld' (2016)

Westworld is HBO's science fiction and western television program that drew a large following. The program is about a futuristic, fully-immersive Wild West theme park named Westworld with robot inhabitants who interact with humans.

Thompson plays Charlotte Hale, the main antagonist in Seasons 1 and 2, and the Executive Director of Delos Destinations, Inc. A bit of evil can be quite enjoyable, right?

'Men in Black: International' (2019)

Men in Black: International is a newer part of the Men in Black franchise that features Thompson as rookie Agent M in an unusual pairing with Hemsworth's experienced agent H.

To stop the aliens that once resembled human beings, the two must mash up and travel the world together.

'Passing' (2021)

Passing is a black-and-white picture set in New York City in the 1920s and follows Irene Reenie Redfield (Thompson) as she randomly reconnects with her childhood friend, who is a white-passing black woman.

The film tackles a crucial debate about colorism and race, and having the film shot entirely in black-and-white is a deviously clever stylistic choice. The acting in the film is also unparalleled.

upcoming projects, movies, television series, etc.

Thompson is currently working on Creed III, a Sports Drama film starring Michael B. Jordan.

Listener, a film about a woman who helps the army that she directed and produced, is currently in the post-production stage of development. Other than those, any future projects remain unknown.