It’s been a long time coming, but Marvel has finally, finally confirmed an openly LGBTQ+ superhero.

Fan-favourite MCU character Valkyrie – who is bisexual in the comics and played by Tessa Thompson in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame – will have an LGBTQ+ storyline in the fourth Thor film coming in November 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder.

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Appearing at Marvel Studios’ Comic-Con panel in Hall H on Saturday (July 20), Thompson announced to the audience: “As new king, she needs to find her queen. So that will be the first order of business.

“She has some ideas. I’ll keep you posted.”

When asked afterwards if what Thompson said means Valkyrie will have an LGBTQ+ storyline, MCU boss Kevin 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.

Natalie Portman Thor's Hammer San Diego Comic Con 2019
Marvel also confirmed Natalie Portman would return, with Jane Foster becoming Thor.
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Feige added to Collider that Marvel fans will see an LGBTQ+ character in The Eternals as well.

Marvel has come under fire for its lack of LGBTQ+ representation in recent years. Avengers: Endgame had the first openly gay character, but he was a minor character.

Feige said last year that Marvel was working on developing LGBTQ+ characters.

“[We have] both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen,” he said.

Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok
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The Eternals is released on November 6, 2020. Thor: Love and Thunder is released on November 5, 2021.


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