Tessa Thompson is gearing up for the premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder where she plays Valkyrie, the king of Asgard. Fans first got a look at Tessa as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and later Avengers: End Game and now we will get to see her rule on her throne. Playing Valkyrie is a special moment for Tessa as she is Marvel’s first major LGBTQ+ character.
The actress is also bisexual and she opened up about the importance of having LGBTQ+ representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and what fans can expect. In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, the Creed actress shared what she and Thor: Love and Thunder’s director Taika Waititi’s thoughts were on the character.
“We talked about it a lot, it was [a] big topic of conversation,” she said. “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 continued, “And also 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.”
She also gave insight into her character’s love life or lack thereof. According to Tessa, fans won’t get to see Valkyrie find her queen in this film. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be explored in future films.
“It becomes the only storyline, particularly in a movie like this where you don’t, frankly, have a lot of room for storyline,” she admitted. “So 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.”
In 2017, the 38-year-old confirmed that her character was bisexual on Twitter after people questioned if she would be true to the comics.
YES! Val is Bi in the comics & I was faithful to that in her depiction. But her sexuality isn’t explicitly addressed in Thor: Ragnarok. https://t.co/hmb5lYN5to— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) October 23, 2017
“YES! Val is Bi in the comics & I was faithful to that in her depiction. But her sexuality isn’t explicitly addressed in Thor: Ragnarok,” she tweeted.
Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8.
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