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Tessa Thompson, Valkyrie Confirmed As MCU’s First LGBTQ Superhero

July 22, 2019

Tessa Thompson

“First of all, as king, she needs to find her queen.”

Tessa Thompson is the out and loud LGBTQ icon that we all deserve in Hollywood. She had an intense thing with singer Janelle Monae, and she officially came out in an article on Net-a-Porter. Her queerness even extends to her characters; in 2017, Thompson first addressed her “Thor: Ragnarok” character Valkyrie’s sexuality on Twitter while defending her casting.

Now, Thompson’s recent comments have brought the character’s sexuality back into the spotlight. Addressing the crowd at San Diego Comic Con over the weekend, the actress began an answer with “First of all, as king, she [Valkyrie] needs to find her queen.”

This is not the first time Thompson has publicly and unashamedly discussed Valkyrie’s queerness. In April, the actor explicitly named the character’s sexuality to Variety.

“In the canon, [Valkyrie] is bisexual. You see her with women and men, so that was my intention in playing her,” Thompson told the publication. “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, fans went wild about Thompson’s comment at Comic Con due to the fact that even produce Kevin Feige confirmed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will see Valkyrie as its first LGBTQ superhero in “Thor: Love and Thunder,” the fourth edition in the “Thor” saga.

“The answer is yes,” Feige confirmed at the Comic Con trailer drop and panel, according to io9. “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.'”

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