Filming has begun on Thor: Love and Thunder – the next instalment in the continuing adventures of Valkyrie.
This is the fourth Thor movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Taika Waititi – who also directed Thor: Ragnarok – is back in charge.
As well as featuring Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, this film will also see Chris Hemsworth return as Thor and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Christian Bale is set to join the cast as the villain of the story.
Filming on Thor: Love and Thunder looks to be getting underway, with members of the cast arriving into Sydney where some of the scenes will be shot.
We were originally expecting the film to be released in 2021, but Covid-19 has resulted in the entire MCU film slate being pushed back and so the Thor release is now set for 11 February 2022.
Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson send us into fandom meltdown
There’s a lot to love about actors Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson, not least is their willingness to champion the potential for a relationship between Tessa’s Valkyrie and Brie’s Carol Danvers – both mainstays within Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
Appearing together on a panel at ACE Comic Con, Tessa and Brie addressed what they could about the always secretive upcoming Marvel films. When they were asked what they’re most looking forward to fans seeing in the MCU, one fan totally stunned them by screaming out from the audience “I just want to see lesbians!”
Tessa was quick to agree, but when the opportunity to close the panel out was tossed to Brie, she was at a loss.
“How do I top lesbians?” she asked.
And then Tessa murdered everyone in the room: “I’m sure the lesbians could show you right after this panel.”
Is Valkyrie queer?
Valkyrie first appeared in the Marvel comics in 1970. Based on the Norse mythological figure Brynhildr, Valkyrie became a mainstay of Marvel’s super-hero comic-book universe.
In terms of Marvel’s cinematic universe, we first met Valkyrie in the 2017 film, Thor: Ragnarok. Tessa Thompson was the actor who brought Valkyrie to our screens, and her strength, courage, and zero-fucks-given attitude gained her a lot of fans.
Valkyrie’s queerness has been signalled from the beginning. Thompson revealed that scenes were filmed for Thor: Ragnarok that would have confirmed Valkyrie’s love for women, but that these were cut from the final release. This effectively erased Valkyrie’s backstory, but it was a lesbian backstory that Thompson built into the way that she portrayed the character.
Thompson reprised the role of Valkyrie in the 2019 film, Avengers: Endgame. In that film we saw Valkyrie taking on responsibilities as ruler of the people of Asgard.
Marvel has announced that Thor: Love and Thunder is in production – the film is planned for release in 2021.
Asked whether the film would expand on Valkyrie as an LGBTQ character, Kevin Feige – President of Marvel Studios – confirmed that it would.
“The answer is yes…” said Feige. “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.”
Thompson, who has previously discussed her own sexuality and being attracted to both men and women, was a bit more forthcoming in her Comic-con appearance.
“As new king, she needs to find her queen…” said Thompson. “That will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”
LGBTQ representation in Marvel’s cinematic universe has been pretty thin on the ground. It’s exciting to see Tessa Thompson and Valkyrie starting to make up for that.