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Thor Star Tessa Thompson Opens Up About Valkyrie's LGBTQ+ Representation

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It's already no secret to a lot of comic book film fans that Marvel Studios is championing diversity and representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Thor franchise introduced us to the first LGBTQ+ hero Valkyrie but despite her obvious presentation, the character's sexual orientation was never actually explored until the final moments of Avengers: Endgame where it was revealed that she would be the new "king" of Asgard after being anointed by Thor himself.

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Now, actress Tessa Thompson, who has been portraying the character since Thor: Ragnarok is ready to dive into Valkyrie's true nature and it could very well happen in Thor: Love and Thunder. Speaking with The Wrap, Tessa teased what's next for her MCU hero. Admittedly, Tessa and director Taika Waititi would have loved to tell more about Valkyrie's story in her previous outings but films like Ragnarok and Endgame just didn't call for the exploration of her LGBTQ+ roots.

She said: "It's totally exciting. We talk so much about representation and obviously, in terms of the LGBTQIA community, there's still so much work to be done. But if you look at the comics in the canon, there are so many queer characters! It's hard because Taika and I would've even liked to go further, but in the context of the movies, there's only so much we can do."

Thompson also teased that Love and Thunder could introduce Valkyrie's love interest. Now, if you've been an avid follower of the MCU stan community, there's been an ongoing campaign from the fandom to have Valkyrie romantically linked to Captain Marvel who is also rumored to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community.

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While I'm totally down with Love and Thunder serving as Valkyrie's "coming out" party, I'm not quite sure if Taika will be able to successfully tell her story without it being sidetracked. As far as we know, the upcoming Thorquel is already stacked and it'll be interesting to see how the writers will incorporate the subplots in an already crowded project. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to hit cinemas on July 8, 2022.

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