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Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is the first LGBT character in a Marvel film

By Mariah Cooper

October 25, 2017

Valkyrie is the Marvel film universe’s first LGBT character.

Tessa Thompson tweeted to clarify that her character is bisexual in “Thor: Ragnarok” just like in the “Fearless Defenders” comic book series.

The actress made the comment after some Marvel fans were upset with Valkyrie’s conservative costume. One person called her a “typical sexless marvel tomboy” which caused another fan to address Valkyrie’s sexuality.

nope sorry. not valkyrie. typical sexless marvel tomboy..oh but with wisecracks 🤢 and ‘attitude’. she used to be cool and sexy 😍 pic.twitter.com/f15H4iqqsR — Greg Martin (@GregSelkirk) October 21, 2017

“Valkyrie in the comics is a big ole lesbian so I doubt she would give your opinion any thought,” another fan fired back.

Valkyrie in the comics is a big ole lesbian so I doubt she would give your opinion any thought. 💁🏽💁🏼 — BOO!-restes (@oresteian) October 21, 2017

Thompson clarified that she chose to portray Valkyrie as bisexual in the film as well.

“She’s bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play,” Thompson tweets.

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

“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,” Thompson continued.

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

However, Valkyrie is too busy fighting villains to have a love interest in this film.

To be fair, the only woman she interacts with in this film IS the villain. Who is hot, but emotionally unavailable — Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) October 24, 2017

“Thor: Ragnarok” hits theaters on Thursday, Nov. 2.