Valkyrie is MCU's first openly LGBTQ superhero, Marvel confirms

CNET | 7/22/2019 | Bonnie Burton
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Tessa Thompson played a Valkyrie warrior in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok.

When Marvel revealed its MCU Phase 4 plans for Black Widow, Thor, Doctor Strange and more at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, one of the new movies announced included Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth movie in the Thor series. Thor: Ragnarok's director Taika Waititi will return to direct it.

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Not only will the movie bring back Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Natalie Portman as Lady Thor, fans will also see Tessa Thompson reprise her role as the demi-goddess known as Valkyrie.

Thompson stole 2017's Thor: Ragnarok as the hard-drinking warrior character Valkyrie, aka Scrapper 142. But finally, thanks to Thompson and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, we have confirmation that her character is the MCU's first openly LGBTQ superhero.

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Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) has already proven her warrior skills, but in Thor: Love and Thunder fans will see her as the leader of New Asgard.

"First of all, as new King [of Asgard], she needs to find her queen, so that will be her first order of business," Thompson told the Comic-Con audience during the Marvel panel. "She has some ideas. Keep you posted."

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Thor passed on the mantle of King of New Asgard to Valkyrie in Avengers: Endgame.

Feige also confirmed after the panel that Thompson's character, Valkyrie, will become the first openly LGBTQ superhero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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"The answer is yes. How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you'll see across our films, not in just Thor 4," Feige told io9 on Saturday.

Marvel fans already know that Valkyrie...
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