Comic empire Marvel just upped the inclusivity by confirming its first bisexual superhero in a blockbuster film. The hero will be Valkyrie, played by actress Tessa Thompso,n and her big reveal will take place in the forthcoming Thor: Ragnarok feature film.
Thompson took to Twitter to confirm the character's sexuality, responding to a fan by claiming "She's bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play."
While this is a step in the right direction for the Marvel universe – which has bypassed representing queer characters in its films in the past– Thompson does address that the character's sexuality isn't explicitly touched on in the film.
Marvel Studios producer Brad Winderbaum has explained that Thompson’s Valkyrie will differ from the original source material, but Thompson’s decision to reaffirm the character's queer identity via social media does give more assertion to inclusion than past Marvel projects.
She’s bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play! https://t.co/d0LZKTHCfL— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) October 21, 2017
Thompson’s assertions that Valkyrie's character will represent the queer community is more than can be said for projects like the recent Wonder Woman films. Historically, within the comics, Wonder Woman is know to be bisexual.
However, actress Gal Gadot did pinpoint in past interviews that while the character' sexuality would not be addressed in the first film, that does leave room to believe future films may address the topic.
YES! Val is Bi in the comics & I was faithful to that in her depiction. But her sexuality isn’t explicitly addressed in Thor: Ragnarok. https://t.co/hmb5lYN5to— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) October 23, 2017
Valkyrie's character is expected to be something of a badass Han Solo type, depicting a renegade hero mentality. Reportedly, she's set to be so kickass that she'll be able to go toe-to-toe with Thor himself.
While Valkyrie's sexuality may not be at the forefront of the film, the conversation surrounding it shows progress in terms of normalizing characters of a varying sexual identities. Catch her tearing shit up in Thor: Ragnarok hitting theaters November 3.