‘Captain Marvel’ Lead’s LGBTQ+ Romance Gets Exciting Update: “Fans Really Shipped Them”

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Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in 'The Marvels'

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After a fan-favorite Thor character made a surprise cameo in The Marvels (2023), fans were left wondering if she and Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) were, in fact, a little more than just friends. Now, executive producer Mary Livanos is speaking on their unique “pairing,” adding fuel to the fire about their suspected romance.

Brie Larson as Carol Davers/Captain Marvel in 'The Marvels'
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Nia DaCosta’s Captain Marvel (2019) sequel, The Marvels, is currently struggling at the worldwide box office, holding the unfortunate record for worst MCU opening weekend of all time. While many would argue that the comic book sequel wasn’t bad — quite the opposite, in fact — it seems to have suffered from audiences’ growing “superhero fatigue” and was an unquestionable victim of the more toxic side of the Marvel fandom, who tend to take aim at Brie Larson’s high-flying hero.

Starring Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, the team-up flick adds Ms. Marvel breakout star Iman Vellani (Kamala Khan) and WandaVision alum Teyonah Parris (Monica Rambeau) to the mix and sees the three heroes joining forces to take down Kree General Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton) after she entangles their light-based powers, causing them to switch places.

(L-R) Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), and Monica Rambeau (Teyonnah Parris) in 'The Marvels'

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Though not without its bumpy moments, most would agree that The Marvels is a fun, low-stakes romp through the cosmos and also sets up some pretty exciting plot points for the Multiverse Saga to explore further down the line. And yeah — the movie also featured a couple of jaw-dropping cameos because this is a Marvel Studios production, after all.

Warning! Minor spoilers for The Marvels ahead.

Toward the beginning of The Marvels, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) drops by Carol’s ship for a brief cameo — not exactly a spoiler, since she’s in the trailer — to help Carol transport a group of Skrull refugees to, presumably, New Asgard. And although her scene was brief, it has led to much discussion online.

Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) in 'Thor: Ragnarok'
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You see, Carol and Valkyrie’s scene suggests that the two women are very close, implying that they share an offscreen history that could span decades. The movie doesn’t outright confirm anything, but there’s clearly a strong emotional connection there, and Valkyrie even plants a kiss on Carol’s cheek as she calls upon the Bifröst to take her back to Earth.

Beyond just being a throwaway cameo, many have wondered if there were originally plans for The Marvels to introduce Carol and Valkyrie’s relationship. And there are plenty of receipts to back this theory up.

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) flying with Goose in 'The Marvels'
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When Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) was in production, reports circulated online claiming the sequel would feature a subplot involving Valkyrie searching for a queen to rule alongside her in New Asgard. Ultimately, this was dropped from the movie for some unspecified reason, but one rumor claimed that Carol would be the woman to emerge as the Asgardian warrior’s significant other.

With this background context, it’s no wonder some viewers interpreted Carol and Valkyrie’s scene in The Marvels as romantic. Still, according to new remarks from executive producer Mary Livanos, it sounds like, in her mind at least, this is just a strong friendship.

Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) in 'Thor: Ragnarok'
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During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Livanos opened up about why it was decided to “pair” Carol with Valkrye in The Marvels, acknowledging that “fans really shipped them” and that she personally “was dying to see that relationship on the big screen:”

Pairing Carol with Valkyrie and having them share the big screen was another bucket list item. Fans really shipped them and their friendship, and as a huge nerd myself, I was dying to see that relationship on the big screen. Nia DaCosta is quite close with Tessa Thompson, so we had to write in a cameo. She’s such an empathetic, wonderful character. When we were trying to figure out exactly how to help the Skrulls after the events that take place on Tarnax, we were excited at the idea that Valkyrie could help in this novel way.

While there’s no denying that Carol and Valkyrie share a similar thinly veiled edge that acts as a mask for their inner empathy that could hint at a budding romance, their similarities seemingly don’t extend beyond a platonic friendship. Still, whether or not the scene is supposed to be setting something up for the pair in a future movie, it’s certainly gotten fans talking.

This fan took to X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) to comment on the “insane” tension between Carol and Valkyrie in The Marvels, accompanied by images from their reunion:

y’all  the tension between Carol and Valkyrie in this scene was kind of insane?? #TheMarvels

Meanwhile, this user couldn’t contain their excitement about Valkyrie and Carol sharing a fleeting kiss, joking that they’ll “never recover” from the sweet moment:

Brie Larson herself has expressed her support for the ship in the past, writing, “I will never stop loving this ship” in response to Carol/Valkyrie fanart uploaded to social media back in 2019:

my Carol x Valkyrie obsession is BACK BABY!! (these screenshots are from 2019)

As of now, there’s been no word on whether or not Marvel plans on teaming up Carol and Valkyrie again for future Marvel entries, but given that The Marvels’ director is close pals with Tessa Thompson, this could’ve simply been a one-off interaction.

However, there are certainly more opportunities for the pair to reunite with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2026) and Avengers: Secret Wars (2027) on the not-so-distant horizon, as the Avengers (and Marvel Studios) will need all the help they can get when the Multiversal War finally breaks out.

The Marvels is now showing in select theaters nationwide.

Do you ship Carol Danvers and Valkyrie, or are they better off as just friends? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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