Marvel Studios’ latest upcoming blockbuster, Thor: Love and Thunder, is gearing up to strike in theaters around the world. The film follows the titular God of Thunder and his friends as they take on the evil Gorr. One such companion is Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson. Thompson is openly bisexual and has long said she plays her character as bi as well.
Marvel Studios has taken small steps toward better reflecting LGBTQ+ in their shows and movies, and as the franchise has getting better at it, the MCU is somewhat lacking in prominent queer characters.
Phastos out Eternals is gay and has a husband and child which was a step in the right direction. Plus, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessAmerica Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) had two mothers who appeared in a flashback sequence. The young Chavez also wore a Pride pin on her jacket throughout the film, perhaps indicating that she herself is a lesbian, just like her comic book counterpart.
So yeah, baby steps. And according to Tessa Thompson, Thor 4 will continue on the path of the presentation of queer MCU characters.
Tessa Thompson Speaks Out About Valkyrie’s Sexuality
Interviewing with Yahoo, Thor: Love and Thunder star Tessa Thompson opened up to make sure the film properly represents LGBTQ+ individuals, including her character Valkyrie:
“We talked a lot about it, it was a big topic of conversation,” says Thompson, who is bisexual IRL. “Because I rightly think there is a real need on the part of the public to see characters very clearly queer or LGBTQIA in these spaces. And I think it’s hugely important to have representation. And also as human beings, I don’t think we are defined by our sexuality, and by who we love. And so I sometimes think that hanging a story entirely on that is a way of actually diminishing the character’s humanity. Because you don’t allow them to be anything else.”
The actress also spoke about the fact that Vakyrie’s love life could not be fully explored in love and thunder‘s runtime, with everything else going on in the story. But she noted that there… “lots of conversations” about how Marvel Studios should treat a strange character like Valkyrie.
“It’s going to be the only storyline, especially in a movie like this where you honestly don’t have much room for a storyline. So there was a lot of talk about how to handle that with Valkyrie. And I personally feel really good about where we’ve come. I hope she’s a character that fans will keep in touch with, that we’ll have a lot of time to explore her, in all her humanity. But whether or not she finds love in this movie doesn’t mean she isn’t still a great queer character who is open to finding love when it makes sense.”
Will Valkyrie find romance in the future?
When love and thunder was in production, there were rumors that Valkyrie would spend the film looking for her queen. Fans will remember that in the closing minutes of Avengers: Endgamejust before Thor flew into space with the Guardians of the Galaxy, he was sure to appoint Valkyrie as the king of New Asgard, while Valkyire promised to “make some changes” to the coastal kingdom.
As mentioned above, Tessa Thompson has always played her character as bi whether it was in the script or not. Many have speculated that the other blond Valkryie, who was murdered by Hela in Ragnarok’s flashback sequence, was actually the lover of Thompson’s character.
What’s more, a significant chunk of the fanbase wants the MCU to pair Valkrie with Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. Carol never showed any real romantic leanings in her performances, but did have a particularly close relationship with Maria Rambeau. Rumor has it that Valkyire will be released in 2023 the miraclescan this “ship” be made canon?
Anyway, Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder will hit theaters on July 8.