First openly LGBTQ Marvel superhero officially confirmed in MCU

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Thor: Ragnarok..L to R: Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)..Photo: Jasin Boland..©Marvel Studios 2017

Marvel Comics has been committed to diversity for years but the road to a more diverse Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t always been smooth as their commitment to diversity has been blamed for a decline in their comic book sales. But as we shared earlier this year, the Russo brothers confirmed that Marvel Studios was getting ready to officially announce an LGBTQ character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it seems the time finally came over this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con.

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During the Marvel panel at the mega-convention on Saturday, Tessa Thompson (who portrays Valkyrie, most famous from the “Thor” franchise films) was asked what her character would be up to as the new king of Asgard in the upcoming fourth Thor movie, “Thor: Love and Thunder.” To which, she answered: “I think first of all as king, as new king, she needs to find her queen. That’ll be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”

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Thompson’s comment about Valkyrie’s LGBTQ storyline was later confirmed after the panel by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Feige told io9, “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.’”

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Rumors have been swirling for some time as to whether Valkyrie did identify within the LGBTQ community. Now, it seems that her character doesn’t only identify within this community, but she’ll also be getting a storyline within the new “Thor 4” film following the Asgardian looking for her very own “queen.”

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In the past, it’s been reported that more queer characters are on the way for Marvel as the company tries to expand its diversity among its larger-than-life superheroes. Specifically, it’s expected that fans will see even more LGBTQ identifying heroes in the upcoming movie “The Eternals,” which is set to open before “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

Thor: Love and Thunder is set to hit theaters Nov. 5, 2021.

What are your thoughts on Marvel Studios finally confirming the news of an LGBTQ superhero along with their overall push for diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Huffington Post

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