July 22, 2019 at 12:01 pm PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Valkyrie named Marvel’s first LGBTQ superhero

Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. (Screenshot via YouTube.)

Marvel has confirmed that Valkyrie, portrayed by Tessa Thompson, will be the first LGBTQ superhero in its cinematic universe.

Thompson, who is bisexual, first teased the news during Marvel’s announcement of the film “Thor: Love and Thunder” at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday.

“As new king, she needs to find her queen,” Thompson told the crowd. “That will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”

When asked by io9 if Valkyrie would have an LGBTQ romance, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said, “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,’” Feige says.

Feige also revealed that Marvel’s upcoming “Eternals” film will feature an LGBTQ character.

“It will be the case not just with her [Valkyrie], but with other characters in some of the movies we’ve talked about today,” Feige told Collider.

“Eternals” hits theaters on Nov. 6 2020 and “Thor 4” will be released on Nov. 5, 2021.

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