Thor: Ragnarok features another Marvel Cinematic Universe first, as Tessa Thompson has revealed that her character Valkyrie is the first openly-LGBT superhero in the franchise.
Valkyrie has long been presented as bisexual in the pages of Marvel’s comics, but LGBT fans have worried that this aspect of her character might be ignored in favor of reducing her to the role of “Thor’s girlfriend.” However, Thompson took to Twitter to address these concerns, stating that the character’s sexual openness is something that is retained in the film:
Technically, this doesn’t make Valkyrie the first LGBT superhero in the setting — since TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has the Inhuman superhero Joey Gutierrez — but it does represent a significant boost in representation to Marvel’s movies on this front. One wonders if it might be a bit too early to ask for a Valkyrie spin-off…
Thor: Ragnarok collides on November 3, 2017, with a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, Mark Ruffalo as Doctor Bruce Banner (The Hulk), Tesssa Thompson as Valkyrie, Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin Borson, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Karl Urban as Skurge, Jeff Goldblum as En Dwi Gast (The Grandmaster), Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson, Cate Blanchett as Hela, and Clancy Brown as Surtur.