Hollywood director Taika Waititi expressed his desire for the Marvel superhero Valkyrie to be explicitly queer in her next appearance in a Marvel Universe film.
As The Daily Wire reports:
Speaking with Variety, Waititi, who recently won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his work on “Jojo Rabbit,” said he would have Valkyrie be openly queer if he were the one making the final decision, so long as the actors agreed…
Taika Waititi would welcome an explicitly queer Valkyrie in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ — ‘I’m pretty supportive … If Tessa [Thompson] wanted to do that, I’m in’
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) February 12, 2020
Actress Tessa Thompson has already expressed on several occasions her desire to see her character’s sexuality further explored in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, “Thor: Ragnarok” even had a deleted scene in which a female lover leaves Valkyrie’s bedroom, hinting at her bisexuality. Taika Waititi wanted to keep the scene initially but was forced to cut it.
“He kept it in the film as long as he could; eventually the bit had to be cut because it distracted from the scene’s vital exposition,” Thompson explained to Rolling Stone.
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
At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, Thompson also said that Valkyrie should find a “queen” to join her as the new ruler of Asgard. “As new king [of Asgard], she needs to find her queen. That will be the first order of business,” she said.
Lost in all of this discussion is the effect such depictions could have on the children watching the films.