OK, Kevin Feige. You finally got me. 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. As a lesbian viewer who’s tired of seeing exclusively straight romances in her superhero movies, it’s exhausting. So when Tessa Thompson teased that the newly-crowned King Valkyrie would be searching for her queen in Thor: Love and Thunder in 2021… it seemed too good to be true.
Moments later, her teasing was confirmed — by Feige himself, in an exclusive, post-Hall H interview with io9. “The answer is yes,” Feige said of Valkyrie getting a LGBTQ storyline. “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.”
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.
It seems too easy to say that Valkyrie will have some kind of romance with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who will take up Mjolnir like her comics counterpart in Love and Thunder, but with the movie still more than two years away, it also seems remiss to discount it completely.
Marvel is good at keeping secrets and Feige is good at teasing fans to keep us on our toes. But he has been saying for some time that a current MCU character will come out as queer, and Valkyrie has two MCU films under her belt. Plus, Thompson is clearly all for it. With a title like Thor: Love and Thunder, romance is likely to play a big part in the proceedings… so let’s see King Valkyrie find her Queen!
— Ryan Gajewski (@_RyanGajewski) July 21, 2019