Over the weekend, at Comic-Con in San Diego, our queen Tessa Thompson dropped some huge news about Valkyrie –– the character she plays in the Thor films. Are you ready?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe will get its first LGBTQ superhero in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.
“First of all, as new King [of Asgard], she needs to find her queen,” Thompson said during a panel at Comic-Con. “So that will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”
Thompson alluding to the LGBTQ storyline was met with roaring applause and left many MCU fans wondering about her role as Valkyrie. Marvel president confirmed Thompson’s statement, making Valkyrie the first openly LGBTQ superhero in MCU history.
For diehard MCU fans, this should come as no surprise because the comic books depict Valkyrie as bisexual.
However, the films were notorious for only glossing over this backstory and simply flirting with the fact that Thompson’s Valkyrie is bisexual.
“In the canon, [Valkyrie] is bisexual. You see her with women and men, so that was my intention in playing her,” Thompson told Variety earlier this year. “Obviously, at the forefront of most of these stories is not typically their romantic life. They have big stakes, like saving the world, so that tends to sort of trump.”
“The ‘openly’ matters when it comes to visibility. Valkyrie in the comics is bisexual and Thompson has been vocal about that fact on social media. However, when it came to Thor: Ragnarok, a scene was cut in which a woman would’ve been seen sneaking out of Valkyrie’s bedroom and the film, instead, flirted with sexual tension between Valkyrie and Hemsworth’s Thor,” writes Nick Romano for Entertainment Weekly.
Aside from Thompson’s Valkyrie becoming MCU’s first openly bisexual superhero, Marvel made other important announcements showing the latest efforts to diversify their films a lot more.
52-year-old Salma Hayek becomes the first Arab and Mexican actress with a main role in the MCU. It was also announced this weekend at Comic-Con that she’s set to star as Ajak in The Eternals. The Lebanese-Mexican actress will star alongside Angelina Jolie talk about a dynamic duo.
She announced her latest role in the new Marvel film on Instagram, saying: “I’m so excited to join the Marvel family as Ajak, the mother of all Eternals. It used to be the father of all Eternals, but girls… this is OUR time!!!!!” The film is set to release on November 6, 2020.
Basically, Lena Waithe summed it up for us. “Captain America is black. Thor is a woman. the new Blade got two Oscars. 007 is a black woman. And The Little Mermaid bout to have locs. Shit. Just. Got. Real,” she tweeted.
In case you missed it, in Avengers: Endgame, Thor passed down the mantle of King of New Asgard to Valkyrie. Now, in Marvel’s Phase Four lineup, we’ll follow her journey as King in Thor: Love and Thunder. The latest Thor installment will also see the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster to wield Mjolnir. Although it won’t hit theaters until November 2021, these latest teases and updates are enough to hold us over.
Of course, Twitter went wild with the news that Thompson becomes the first LGBTQ superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Last year in a profile from Net-a-Porter, published toward the end of Pride Month, Thompson also subtly came out and put rumors to rest surrounding her sexuality. “I can take things for granted because of my family –– it’s so free and you can be anything that you want to be. I’m attracted to men and also to women. If I bring a woman home, [or] a man, we don’t even have to have a discussion.”
And don’t think for a minute that any of us missed the big MCU switch up.
The new movies are set to be packed with a whole lot of women.
And literally, everyone has an idea of who Valkyrie’s queen will be.
Literally, we’ve been stanning this relationship for too long.
We can’t wait to see Thompson’s Valkyrie also have that type of freedom in the upcoming Thor movie –– especially given the fact that there’s been a lack of LGBTQ representation in comic book movies.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Joe Russo portrayed the first openly gay character in the MCU with his appearance in Endgame and Zach Barack became the first trans actor to appear in a Marvel movie (Spider-Man: Far From Home).
It’s about time for this long-overdue representation.
Oh, and who will play Thompson’s queen? We can’t wait to find out.
In this edition of ‘take all my money,’ Luis Nuñez, 24, a graphic designer based in Mazatlán, Sinaloa Mexico has given us the gift of recreating Lotería to incorporate the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe. Moviegoers who fell in love with Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Groot get to see the characters in a whole light on Nuñez’s Instagram account (@luis.nunez07).
What started off with one image has ballooned to 18—and Nuñez has no plans to stop until the set is complete with all 54 titles. So far he’s finished 32 illustrations which he plans to unveil on his Instagram account in the weeks to come.
Which begs the question, where’s the link to his Etsy shop so we can buy our own set once it’s complete?
See the cards for yourself below. And if you haven’t seen the movie yet (what kind of fan are you?) prepare for spoilers and inside jokes ahead:
Nuñez kicked off his project with Ironman as el valiente.
Honestly, this is a solid choice here. He is one of the greatest characters in the Marvel universe. What a solid and engaging art project focused on one of the greatest superhero franchises in the world.
Don’t sleep on the details. A second image in the post includes a tighter focus on Tony’s own infinity gauntlet.
Iron Man kicked off the series and if you’ve watched the last installment, you know how the story ends. Tony Stark as el valiente is a fitting tribute.
The hand that undid the Avengers.
The film starts where Thanos left off—in the aftermath of the devastating snap. If you know, you know. And if you don’t know, then you know because everyone is still talking about the movie.
The artist even gave us the answer to Thanos’s devastating hand.
But always a schemer, Iron Man constructs his own infinity gauntlet and outmaneuvers the psychopath.
Thor gets called out on his drinking problem.
The god of lightning had a rough go at the start of the film. He buried his pain with alcohol and had the beer belly to prove it.
Duh, of course Peter Parker is la araña.
Nuñez depicts Spider-Man with his enhanced super suit. He says each image takes him 30-60 minutes to complete.
And who could forget the heart-wrenching moment when Parker begins to crumble and turn to dust?
Clearly, Nuñez doesn’t want you to and provided this twofer when creating la araña.
Only the strongest Avenger can carry the world.
Nuñez is clearly team Hulk when it comes to the argument of who the strongest Avenger is. Thor might have something to say about this.
All the feels with this throwback to Tony’s heart.
He knew this would fit so perfectly within the context of Lotería.
Who better to represent ‘the soldier’ than Captain America.
The second movie in the Captain America canon is called “Winter Soldier.”
Of course, Thanos is the devil.
There’s no one better suited to embody el diablo than the man responsible for killing his daughter and wiping out half of Earth’s population.
When you’re as well-groomed and presentable as Doctor Strange (on teetering on being pretentious) El Catrin is the only card that makes sense.
It’s funny to see how well the Marvel characters fit into la Lotería. Doctor Strange begins with a shot of his fancy clothes and accessories. He never loses his flair for appearances as evident by his high-neck flowing cape.
Black Widow is the obvious choice for the lady card.
The franchise needed more women in it. No secret there.
Guardians of the Galaxy was defined by its soundtrack. Peter Quill wearing his Walkman makes the perfect musico.
Music was Peter Quill. Who could forget the ’60s and the ’70s soundtrack that included Hooked on a Feeling and all his out of tune singing?
Teenage Groot still has some years to go before growing into a tree.
Adult Groot sacrificed himself for the Guardians. When we see him again, he’s a mere sapling but well on his way to growing into a sturdy arbol.
Clint Barton, complete with his f*ckboi haircut, is El Apache.
Hawkeye might not be Native American, but with a bow and arrow in hand, he has an eerie resemblance to the original image of el apache.
El Gorrito gets a massive metal make-over.
No frill bonnet to be seen here. El Gorrito has redesigned to include Thor’s comic book version of his helmet, which makes a brief cameo during Ragnarok.
Groot’s home gets a shout-out.
Baby Groot was a fan favorite. It’s only right he make an appearance in the flower pot card.
Why Red Skull was the keeper of the Soul Stone still feels like a mystery but at least it makes sense here.
The skull with crossbones has been swapped out for the Hydra symbol with Red Skull sitting at its center.
Falcon may fit the pajaro card perfectly at the start of Endgame…
…But by the end of it, he’s received a major upgrade. We might be looking at the new face of the Captain America canon here folks.
Only royalty wears a crown…
…So it’s appropriate for King T’Challa’s Black Panther to take la corona.
Keep an eye Nuñez’s Instagram account (@luis.nunez07) for the remaining 36 illustrations.