Will Marvel Explore Valkyrie’s Bisexuality in the New “Thor” Film?

Director Taika Waititi is up for it—and plans to let queer MCU actress Tessa Thompson call the shots.

It’s the question on every queer geek’s lips: Will Marvel finally make Valkyrie’s bisexuality clear in Thor: Love and Thunder?

Director Taika Waititi—who nabbed a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for 2019’s Jojo Rabbit last weekend—has revealed his plans for the upcoming Marvel Comics Universe flick, telling Variety that he’s totally “comfortable” tackling Valkyrie’s queerness and that he’d like to defer to out actress Tessa Thompson, who portrayed the fierce Asgardian warrior in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.

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Taika Waititi.

“The [intellectual property] is not mine,” Waititi said. “But with the actors, I feel whatever makes them comfortable—whether they feel like there’s a natural choice, or a natural way for that character to go—then I’m pretty supportive. If Tessa wanted to do that, I’m in.”

Lucky for us, Thompson seems completely on board to make Valkyrie queer AF. Though the character is canonically bisexual in the original comic books, her sexual orientation was never addressed in Thor: Ragnarok, which Thompson pointed out on Twitter.

And last July, MCU nerds everywhere rejoiced when Thompson announced at San Diego Comic-Con that Valkyrie’s first order of business as King of New Asgard was to “find her queen.”

“Valkyrie has some ideas,” the 36-year-old actress told audience members. “Keep you posted.”

Itching to see some queer superheroes get it on before Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters in 2021? Good news: You can go check out November’s The Eternals, starring queer Muslim actor Haaz Sleiman, who told NewNowNext that he will be kissing the MCU’s first explicitly gay superhero, Phastos (played by Brian Tyree Henry), in the film. It’s about damn time, Marvel.

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