‘Thor: Love And Thunder’: Taika Waititi On Making Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie ‘Explicitly Queer’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Tessa Thompson and Taika Waititi attend the Marvel Studios Panel during 2019 Comic-Con International

One of essentially the most extremely anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in Phase four is Thor: Love and Thunder. The upcoming epic will deliver again director Taika Waititi and far of the solid of Thor: Ragnarok. Star Tessa Thompson is amongst them, and he or she has some concepts for her character. Is Waititi, who can be writing the script, on board? Here’s what we all know.

Tessa Thompson is Valkyrie within the MCU

Thompson’s character was launched in Ragnarok. She known as Valkyrie, although that’s not truly her title — as a substitute, it refers back to the group of feminine warriors she was as soon as part of. Valkyrie groups up with Thor, Loki, and Hulk with a view to battle Hela, and so they narrowly escape.

She was absent throughout the occasions of Avengers: Infinity War. However, she — together with different former Asgardians — survived the Decimation. Valkyrie then took the lead in rebuilding their neighborhood with New Asgard on Earth, as seen in Avengers: Endgame. And she performed a component within the second battle towards Thanos.

The character is canonically bisexual

Valkyrie’s sexuality has change into a distinguished subject of dialog amongst Marvel followers. In lots of the current comics, she is bisexual. This was reaffirmed by Thompson on social media. In reality, the actress has inspired correct illustration for the character up to now.

Speaking about her position in Ragnarok, Thompson as soon as stated, “There’s a great shot of me falling back from one of my sisters who’s just been slain. In my mind, that was my lover.” So although we don’t ever see her with a romantic curiosity within the movie, the actress believes the character had one.

Both Thompson and Waititi return for ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Tessa Thompson and Taika Waititi attend the Marvel Studios Panel during 2019 Comic-Con International
Tessa Thompson and Taika Waititi attend the Marvel Studios Panel throughout 2019 Comic-Con International | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Thompson will return for a 3rd movie. At San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, she confirmed that she will probably be within the fourth Thor movie, subtitled Love and Thunder. Also returning are Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Waititi as director and in his supporting position of Korg.

When requested about her character within the Nov. 2021 movie, Thompson stated, “As new King [of Asgard], she needs to find her queen, so that will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”

On portraying Valkyrie’s sexuality

Clearly, Thompson is on board with giving Valkyrie a feminine love curiosity. She reaffirmed this at ACE Comic Con in Oct. 2019, when she, together with fellow MCU star Brie Larson, revealed that they “ship” their characters. “Brie is my real-life queen in general,” stated Thompson. “If it becomes canon, that’s cool, too.”

Waititi, for his half, appears to be good to maneuver ahead with offering Thompson a romantic storyline with one other girl. Speaking to Variety in Feb. 2020, when requested about making Valkyrie “explicitly queer” in Love and Thunder, he stated, “if Tessa wants to do that, I’m in,” including that he’s “pretty supportive” each time an actor feels that there’s “a natural choice” for his or her character.

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