Marvel Cinematic Universe gets a new LGBTQ Hero: Confirmed

Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie in search of her Queen in Marvel universe...


Currently, Marvel Cinematic Universe is at its prime as the studio is yet again ready to mesmerize the fans with their exuberant action sequences and full of life storyline. With the end of an era which emphasized on the founding members of Avengers, the makers are already concentrating on Phase 4. The announcement of this new phase has hyped the audience from all over the world and they can hardly wait for the new beginning. 

With the death of Odin (Deceased king of Asgard), Valkyrie will ascend the throne. However, there’s a twist in this contemporary tale.

At a recent interaction with post-Hall H interview with io9 Feige said that Valkyrie getting an LGBTQ storyline. “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not just Thor 4.” 

Valkyrie, finally confirmed as bisexual after a scene identifying her as such was cut from Thor: Ragnarok? OK! Sign me up. I’m so ready to watch Thompson rule over her people in Thor’s place and carry them forward to victory — whatever that looks like, in the wake of Avengers: Endgame and everything that happened during.

During the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, Tessa Thompson was asked what her character, Valkyrie, would be up to as the new king of Asgard in the upcoming fourth Thor movie, ‘Thor: Love and Thunder.’

She said: “I think first of all as king, as new king, she needs to find her queen. That’ll be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”

Now, her recent comments have just grabbed the audience’s attention, as her comment seems to have pleased the LGBTQ members.  

Every few months, Feige or a Russo brother or someone else who’s large and in charge at Marvel Studios insists that better LGBTQ representation is coming to the films. Yet, with every new film, there’s more queer coding and hardly any characters being acknowledged as queer.

The comment seemed to hint Valkyrie would be involved in an LGBTQ storyline in Thor 4, and after the panel, Marvel head Kevin Feige confirmed it.

Tessa has been open about Valkyrie being bisexual in the MCU, so is her character in the comics. However, her bisexuality hasn’t been explicitly addressed in the movies thus far, and a previous scene in Thor: Ragnarok showing she had a female lover didn’t end up making the final cut.

Technically, the first openly LGBTQ character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was director Joe Russo’s short cameo as a gay man grieving his missing partner in Avengers: Endgame. Now, with Thompson’s and Feige’s comments, Valkyrie becomes the first confirmed LGBTQ superhero in the MCU.

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