When Michael B. Jordan recently asked Creed II co-star Tessa Thompson who would win in a fight, her Marvel Cinematic Universe character Valkyrie or his character Erik Killmonger, she chose Valkyrie without hesitation.
When IGN asked the two actors to interview each other, it was almost inevitable that the topic of their involvement in the MCU would come up. Thompson appeared in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok as Valkyrie, the last remaining member of an elite Asgardian fighting force. Meanwhile, Jordan's turn as Black Panther villain, Killmonger, has been generating Oscar buzz since the movie came out this past February.
In the video when Jordan asks Thompson if she wants to think about her answer, she tells him she doesn't need to. Thompson's confidence in her character makes sense given Valkyrie's backstory.
Jordan's character may be a fighting machine, but he's still only human. Valkyrie, on the other hand, was part of a military unit that took on Hela. Even though they lost that battle, the Valkyries were so renowned on Asgard that in Ragnarok, Thor confesses that when he was a child he wanted to be one of them (before he learned they were an all-female fighting force).
Valkyrie's and Killmonger's MCU fates are very different as well. Killmonger died at the end of Black Panther and seems unlikely to return. Thompson has confirmed that Valkyrie is alive and well. While she wasn't seen in Avengers: Infinity War, photos indicate she will appear in the upcoming Avengers 4.
Creed II is directed by Steven Caple Jr. (The Land) from a script written by Sylvester Stallone and Juel Taylor. The film stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu and Phylicia Rashad. The film is out in theaters everywhere now.