Tessa Thompson’s enigmatic “Valkyrie” character in the Marvel Universe has officially been confirmed as a member of the LGBTQ community by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.
According to one well-prepared Twitter user, the announcement doesn’t actually change much, since Valkyrie, who originates from the Thor comic series created by Marvel, has always been lesbian, providing images from the comics for proof.
The announcement includes the revelation that Natalie Portman has signed on to play Thor in Thor 4.
Thompson hinted at the development earlier, stating that, “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.”
Many fans took to Twitter to express their opinions on the subject. Some saw it as a welcome increase in the LGBTQ community’s visibility within the Marvel Universe, while others saw it as a dangerous manifestation of PC culture gone too far.
Tessa Thompson playing the first LGBTQ+ marvel character is what dreams are made of 🏳️🌈 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/amx8lv8A8d— Phoebe (@PhoebeWyburd) July 22, 2019
I jokingly made a post about how valkyrie and jane would be a good couple months ago and now they're going to be in a movie together?? taika please give the gays everything we want— em♥️ (@rosesetonfire) July 21, 2019
Thor 4 not only directed by Taika Waititi but will have Natalie Portman as Female Thor and Tessa Thompson as LGBTQ looking for her queen, Thor truly the best avenger and will deliver!! pic.twitter.com/OfljQqckny— ABBA SUPREMACY (@mindhvntr) July 21, 2019
Who cares. The day we don’t have to label a character and their lifestyle is the day our society has finally evolved. #moveon— Boltsfan727 ‘04, ‘20, ‘21 Champs (@Boltsfan727) July 22, 2019
TESSA THOMPSON SAID SINCE VALKYRIE IS “THE KING OF ASGARD SHE NEEDS HER QUEEN” I SWEAR IF WE GET CAROL DANVERS CHECKING UP ON ASGARD AND BEFRIENDING VALKYRIE IN THOR 4 IM GONNA LOSE MY MARBLES #MarvelSDCC pic.twitter.com/ujGMxDFSbB— vee ⎊ (@valsreactor) July 21, 2019
So there ya have it. Valkyrie will get a queen by her side to reign Asgard. Did this need to happen, or is it just another example of popular media going too far? Let us know in the comments below!