UPDATE: Marvel on Monday announced the mysterious fifth member of the team would be Valkyrie, specifically one based on the version Tessa Thompson portrayed in last year's "Thor: Ragnarok."

“Like everyone else who has seen Taika Waititi’s brilliant 'Thor: Ragnarok' movie, all of us on Team Exiles are big fans of Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie,” said series editor Wil Moss in comments provided by Marvel. “So when we realized that we had the perfect series - where the roster is made up of alternate reality versions of Marvel heroes - to introduce a comic book equivalent of that version of Valkyrie, we jumped at the chance."

Writer Saladin Ahmed described this Valkyrie as "a tankard-draining, maiden-wooing, giant-slaying thunderbolt of a woman."

ORIGINAL STORY: Marvel announced Wednesday it is reviving its reality-hopping "Exiles" team book from the 2000s, with a critically acclaimed writer at the helm, this April.

Saladin Ahmed, who also writes Marvel's "Black Bolt," which was nominated for a 2017 Q-bee award for best series, will pen the team's new adventures, joined by artist Javier Rodriguez, inker Alvaro Lopez, colorist Jordie Bellaire and letterer Joe Caramagna.

“'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 comments provided by Marvel. “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.”

The team will be led by Blink, also a key member of the team's original incarnation, and will feature Iron Lad, an adolescent version of time-traveling villain Kang the Conquerer; an older version of Kamala Khan, the superhero known as Ms. Marvel; a more cartoonish version of Wolverine; and a teammate to be named later.

They are brought together by the original Nick Fury — now called the Unseen — to detect and eliminate a threat to the multiverse. 

The original "Exiles" series — which featured alternate-reality takes on characters from X-Men and the wider Marvel Universe — debuted in 2001 and was created by writer Judd Winick and artist Mike McKone, and continued in various incarnations until 2009. 

The character Blink was created in 1994 by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Joe Madureira and can currently be seen on Fox's "The Gifted," played by Jamie Chung.

Issue #1 is due out April 11.

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