Thor: Ragnarok star, Tessa Thompson, has recently opened up about how phase 4 of the MCU will push the boundaries of presentation.
Tessa Thompson plays Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame, Marvel’s first openly LGBTQIA character. She will return to the character in 2022’s Thor Love and Thunder. Thompson discussed the importance of improving representation and diversity while speaking to Ramy Youssef for Variety’s, Actors on Actors.
I think in this next phase of Marvel, we’re really talking about what representation looks like in those spaces.
Because the truth is these movies travel globally in such huge ways, and if you can represent people that are of color, if you can represent people with disabilities, if you can represent the LGBTQIA community inside of these films, it’s a pretty big deal.
There are millions and millions of people, particularly young people, that show up to the cinema. And I think if you can show them something that looks like them, they feel valued. Particularly inside of these narratives of the comic books, that’s what it’s all about. It’s that our differences make us special.
She later went on to talk about how improving the representation would impact Valkyrie in the upcoming movies, hinting at her sexuality being further explored.
I’m really excited that we’re able to continue to push the bounds of that and that I’m able to do that with Valkyrie because there’s so many cool queer characters in the comic books and they should have a place on-screen.
Meanwhile, in the MCU, 2021’s The Eternals will feature the first same-sex kiss in the MCU. Actor Haaz Sleiman has confirmed that his character is married to Brian Tyree Henry’s character Phastos.