Warning: Minor Thor: Love and Thunder spoilers ahead.
Although 2017 Thor: Ragnarok never explicitly referred to Valkryie’s sexuality — and allegedly had a scene cut it did — the character is still considered the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first major LGBTQ+ character. Tessa Thompson confirmed so much in a tweet from 2017revealing that she approached the Asgardian warrior-turned-king as bisexual by staying true to the comics.
And while both Thompson and Marvel chief Kevin Feige teased Valkyrie was able to find her queen this summer Thor: Love and Thunder back at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, fans may want to temper their expectations when it comes to romantic subplots involving the king of New Asgard.
Still, in a new interview with Yahoo Entertainment (see above), Thompson says Valkyrie’s sexuality was a major point of discussion with co-writer and director Taika Waititi.
“We talked about it a lot, 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 humans, I think we’re not 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.”
love and thunder features the highly anticipated return of Natalie Portman’s Jane, who evolves into Mighty Thor. In addition to rekindling sparks between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane and the central mission ahead – featuring Thor, Mighty Thor, Valkyrie and Korg (Waititi) on a mission to defeat Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) stopping, well, butchering gods – Thompson points out that there simply wasn’t enough room to meaningfully explore Valkyrie’s love life. Though she is also sure that will come in due course.
“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,” Thompson says. “So there was a lot of talk about how to treat that with Valkyrie. And I feel really good, personally, 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.”
Thor: Love and Thunder opens Friday, July 8.
— Video produced by Anne Lilburn and edited by Jimmie Rhee
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