Tessa Thompson Confirms Thor: Ragnarok Character Valkyrie is Bisexual

Tessa Thompson is proving herself to be an awesome addition to the Marvel Universe. Not only is she an incredible actress, but she’s pushing the envelope for inclusion and equality in the franchise. Thompson, who plays Valkyrie in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, first suggested that we see an all-female Marvel film. Now, she has identified her character as bisexual, making her the first LGBTQ character in the franchise.

Fans started in on a Twitter squabble when one user made the ludicrous comment that a Valkyrie promo video depicted the character as too masculine. For the record, Thompson could not look more gorgeous, strong or powerful. Thompson waded into the fray saying, “She’s bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play!” Sounds totally liberating.

We’re glad that Thompson is in the role— she can hold her own and take care of the haters. She went on to clarify that Valkyrie’s sexuality isn’t a focus of the film. “Val is Bi in the comics & I was faithful to that in her depiction. But her sexuality isn’t explicitly addressed in Thor: Ragnarok,” Thompson explained. It’s really powerful to see a character owning who they are without being defined by it. We would not object to a love interest in Valkyrie’s future, though.

Thompson’s choice to play the role as bisexual does reflect the history of the character as depicted in the comics. We’re excited to see how that manifests itself in Valkyrie’s onscreen appearance. With Thompson on Team Marvel, we’re bound to see some really exciting developments in the future.

See Valkyrie and the rest of the team in Thor: Ragnarok on November 3.

Featured Image: Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok. Courtesy: Marvel/Disney


Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.

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