A new gay superhero may be on the way in an upcoming Marvel film, but Tessa Thompson says she’s ready for her character Valkyrie to confirm her queerness on-screen by hooking up with Captain Marvel.
In the weeks since Captain Marvel was released, fans have latched onto Valkyrie — who survived Thanos’ snap and will return in Avengers: Endgame — and Carol Danvers as their new favorite queer Marvel ship. Thompson and Brie Larson have both enthusiastically supported the response, even sharing fan art on Twitter.
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) March 18, 2019
Chatting with the LA Times, Thompson said that she hadn’t initially realized fans wanted Valkyrie and Carol to be the new Marvel power couple. “It didn’t even occur to me, legitimately, that it was necessarily a romantic thing. I don’t even know what happens in the canon in terms of those characters or if they ever intersect, but I just love the idea of more women Marvel characters getting to intersect.”
But now that she’s aware of the Varol — or Calkyrie, I guess — she’s fully behind the idea. “I just think it’s so cool and it’s time and why not? There’re so many compelling female characters inside of the MCU,” she added.
Last year, Thompson confirmed to Rolling Stone that there had been a scene cut from Thor: Ragnarok that showed a woman leaving her character’s bedroom, seeming to confirm that the warrior is indeed bisexual.
“It wasn’t Marvel or Disney or anyone extracting that because it was an issue,” she explained. “It just was like, that particular moment didn’t make sense in the context of the scene. And there were other beautiful things where you get a sense of her backstory.” Despite the scene being cut, Thompson ”played her as a woman that’s queer.”
“I hope that we get to a space, in terms of the stories that we tell, where that’s something that gets to exist, and it doesn’t have to be noteworthy.”