‘Thor’s’ Valkyrie has no girlfriend. Tessa Thompson explains why

Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth solo appearance from the eponymous Norse god, lives up to his name and explores the romantic lives of several of his key characters. But the Asgardian leader Valkyrie (played by Tessa Thompson) in particular remains unattached.

Valkyrie, Marvel’s first LGBTQ+ superhero, was introduced in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, although a scene that would have addressed her sexuality was ultimately cut from that film. In 2019, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed that Valkyrie’s sexuality would be a more important part of the follow-up after Thompson took the stage at Comic-Con during Marvel’s epic Hall H presentation and said, “As the new king, must.” they do find their queen. So that will be their first task.”

But while Thor: Love and Thunder, which launches nationally Friday, does more than Ragnarok in acknowledging the character’s sexual identity, Valkyrie’s journey is more about finding himself.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations about it,” Thompson told the Times during the film’s recent press tour. “I think there are a lot of people who are justifiably very hungry for this portrayal to exist in these films, like me. But I also think so [it’s important] not just hanging the character’s hat on their sexual identity just because they’re a queer character. I think that’s actually a way to minimize their humanity if that’s the only facet to explore.”

“I would love to see her in any movie with a friend,” said writer-director Taika Waititi. “We had a few conversations, but there was something about this character that I find really interesting as someone who’s OK with being alone. So often people say, “To show someone is queer, you have to see them with someone.” But [Valkyrie] lost the love of her life and the most important person in her life [now]that’s she’s trying to learn how to love, that’s herself. And I think that’s just a stronger message, whatever your alignment.”

“I think there is a lot of room for [romance in] a spin-off or future film,” added Thor star Chris Hemsworth.

“There are so many characters introduced in this film, there’s a lot of storyline, and so there were a number of things we wanted to explore with Valkyrie, and her longing for love was just one of many,” Thompson said. “I’m very happy with the balance we’ve found.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-07-05/valkyrie-thor-love-thunder-mcu-queer-romance ‘Thor’s’ Valkyrie has no girlfriend. Tessa Thompson explains why

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