‘Thor: Love and Thunder’: Tessa Thompson Wants To Go Even Further With MCU Representation

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Thor: Love and Thunder star Tessa Thompson opened up returning as Valkyrie for the MCU.

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder is set to be one of the most expansive films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only will Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster take on the role of Mighty Thor, a first for the MCU, but Valkyrie will also be seen as the ruler of Asgard. With the hierarchy of Asgard about to change, so is the mission for representation.

Valkyrie appeared as one of the first open LGBTQ characters in the MCU, paving the way for further representation. Thor: Love and Thunder will evolve the character even more, and there’s a chance we might even see the leader of Asgard with a new Queen. In a chat with The Wrap, Thompson discussed her character, as well as the need to go even further with representation in the MCU.

“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 (Waititi, who directed both of Thompson’s “Thor” films) and I would’ve even liked to go further, but in the context of the movies, there’s only so much we can do. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of time invested in love stories in Marvel movies in general. I think that will be a little different on the new “Thor,” which is exciting. And getting to play a character that historically is not written for somebody that looks like me, all of that felt exciting.”

Directed by Taika Waititi from a script he co-wrote with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Thor: Love and Thunder stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, Jaimie Alexander, Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, and Jeff Goldblum. Matt Damon, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, and Russell Crowe are also on board.

Thor: Love and Thunder is set to be released on July 8, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Tessa Thompson’s role as Valkyrie in the upcoming Marvel film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: The Wrap