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Tessa Thompson has been a champion of Valkyrie’s sexuality from the beginning, but wouldn’t you know, Marvel deemed a scene confirming it too “distracting” in Thor: Ragnarok. But the MCU has gotten a bit more gay since then, so does Thor: Love And Thunder finally let the Asgardian warrior be out and proud?
“We talked about it a lot, it was big topic of conversation,” Thompson explains in an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment. “Because I think rightfully there’s this real want in audiences to see characters be very clearly queer or LGBTQIA+ inside these spaces. And I think it’s hugely important to have representation.”
She continues, “And also, I think as humans I think that we are not defined by our sexuality, and by who we love. And so sometimes I think to hang a narrative completely on that is a way of actually diminishing the humanity of the character. Because you don’t allow them to be anything else. … It becomes the only storyline, particularly in a movie like this where you don’t, frankly, have a lot of room for storyline.”
Okay… not sounding too promising, honestly. But Thompson has a positive spin on how that character was represented in the movie: “[There] was a lot of conversation in terms of how to treat that with Valkyrie. And I feel really good, personally, about where we got to. I hope that she’s a character that fans continue to connect to, that we have a lot of time to explore her, in all of her humanity. But whether or not she finds love in this movie doesn’t mean she’s not still a fabulous queer character that is open to finding love when it makes sense.”