Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie Is the First Openly LGBTQ Superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnorok
Screenshot: Marvel Entertainment (YouTube)

When Thor: Ragnarok was released in theaters in November 2017, Tessa Thompson stole the show as the badass Valkyrie. However, criticisms arose when her rich backstory was scrapped and the fascinating character was relegated to a supporting character and plot device.

In fact, Thompson previously noted she incorporated her character’s backstory in her portrayal.

“In the canon, [Valkyrie] is bisexual. You see her with women and men, so that was my intention in playing her,” Thompson told Variety in April. “Obviously, at the forefront of most of these stories is not typically their romantic life. They have big stakes, like saving the world, so that tends to sort of trump.”

However, our sister site, io9, got the official scoop from producer Kevin Feige at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will get its first LGBTQ superhero, which will be Valkyrie in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.

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“The answer is yes,” Feige confirmed. “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4.”

As those who saw Avengers: Endgame—every-damn-body—Thor (Chris Hemsworth) handed over the reigns to Valkyrie to rule New Asgard moving forward. Thus, Valkyrie is running this shit. In the 4th part of the Thor saga, she’s looking for someone to stand by her side.

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“As new king, she needs to find her queen,” Thompson teased during the panel hosted by the juggernaut production company. “That will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”

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I’m definitely looking forward to Thor’s 4th chapter as Thompson is simply hypnotizing. She will surely kill it as she takes over this leadership role.

Marvel Studios is actually having a whole historic moment lately, having recently broken Avatar’s long-standing box office record with its Avengers: Endgame film. The film, which was the end of Marvel’s Phase 3 group of films, surpassed the James Cameron film as the biggest film of all time, according to Deadline.

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