A Sexy Queer Scene Was Cut From “Thor: Ragnarok”

Tessa Thompson fought for Valkyrie to get more action in the bedroom.

No, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo did not have a sex scene.

Last month, after Tessa Thompson announced on Twitter that her Thor: Ragnarok character, Valkyrie, was bisexual, she clarified that the Asgarian warrior’s sexuality was not explicitly addressed in the new Marvel film.

Thompson now explains that an earlier cut of the superhero flick, in which Hemsworth’s God of Thunder is pitted against Ruffalo’s Hulk in a gladiatorial battle on the planet Sakaar, actually featured a more overt reference to Valkyrie’s bisexuality.

The actress tells Rolling Stone that she pitched Valkyrie’s bisexuality to Ragnarok director Taika Waititi based on the character’s relationship with anthropologist Annabelle Riggs in the Marvel comic books. “There’s this great illustration of them in a kiss,” she says.

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Thompson says she also convinced Waititi to shoot a glimpse of a woman walking out of Valkyrie’s bedroom, but that moment was reportedly cut because it distracted from the scene’s vital exposition.

“There were things that we talked about that we allowed to exist in the characterization, but maybe not be explicit in the film,” Thompson says. “There’s a great shot of me falling back from one of my sisters who’s just been slain,” she continues, referring to a flashback in which Cate Blanchett’s Goddess of Death murders Valkyrie’s warrior clan. “In my mind, that was my lover.”

Thompson hopes to further explore Valkyrie’s love life when the character returns in future films. She’s rumored to make a cameo in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

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Thor: Ragnarok also introduces audiences to Thor’s ally Korg, a rock-covered warrior who was revealed to be gay in Incredible Hulk #619.

“We wanted to change the idea of what a hulking guy made of rocks could be,” says Waititi, who portrays Korg himself via motion-capture. “He’s huge and heavy, but with a light soul.” 

LGBT characters have appeared in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Jessica Jones, but Valkyrie and Korg appear to be the first to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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