LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: (L to R) Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Taika Waititi attend the UK Gala Screening of "Thor: Love And Thunder" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 5, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
TV - Movies
Taika Waititi
Opens Up About
Sexuality In Thor:
Love And Thunder
Things are slowly changing for LGBTQ+ representation in the MCU and in 2019, Kevin Feige told the press that Valkyrie will have a queer romance in "Thor: Love and Thunder." And as it turns out, director Taika Waititi has already made his thoughts known on the matter.
In an interview in 2020, Waititi expressed his willingness to depict Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie as explicitly queer. He said, "The IP is not mine. But with the actors, I feel whatever makes them comfortable, whether they feel like there's a natural choice or a natural way for that character to go, then I'm pretty supportive."
MCU architect Kevin Feige notoriously butted heads with Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter over diversity in the franchise. However, since Perlmutter’s departure, MCU has seen increased diversity not only of LGBTQ+ individuals but of women, people of color, and more.