In Thor: Love and Thunder, the MCU will center a queer romance around Valkyrie, and she has plenty of potential partners. Valkyrie is canonically bisexual, although the scene that would have confirmed this in the MCU was eventually cut from Thor: Ragnarok. With Disney having recently committed to greater LGBTQ+ representation, the MCU exploring every step of a queer romance for the first time can be an important step in the right direction. While there are few confirmed details so far, there is plenty to speculate.
Valkyrie made her MCU debut in Thor: Ragnarok, as a distant Asgardian warrior making her way as a scavenger in the warrior world of Sakaar. A flashback sequence shows the tragic loss of one of his wartime companions – actress Tessa Thompson has since said she described this scene as the loss of her lover. Since then, Valkyrie has abandoned Asgard, leaving behind even her real name, Brunnhilde. Her story in the movies took her back to her people, before being named King of Asgard by Thor at the end of Avengers: Endgame. His next step is to find a queen, and it has been confirmed that this will be a central part of the story to come in Thor: love and thunder.
There’s no shortage of characters who could be potential love interests for Valkyrie. While confirmed LGBTQ+ characters are still rare in the MCU, the comics have been leading the charge for quite some time. After Avengers: Endgame saw Thor leave Earth on Peter Quill’s spaceship, the best potential Valkyrie mates will likely be found in the Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy comic books.
Jane Foster – Worthy of the Power of Thor
All the myth surrounding Thor is that whoever holds the hammer, if worthy, will wield the power of Thor. The greatest development for Thor 4 is that this power will be wielded by Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), following her return to the MCU. As the central character of the story, she seems an obvious choice for one of Valkyrie’s potential partners.
If Jane Foster were to become Queen of Asgard, it would mean that Asgard could still be ruled by someone with the power of Thor, while freeing Thor himself from all remaining obligations as monarch – obligations of which he clearly doesn’t want it anymore. This could provide an interesting way to complete the main arc of Thor’s ongoing story, going from an enthusiastic and headstrong prince to finding not one but two worthy rulers to rule Asgard in his place, even if it creates a some tension between Thor and Valkyrie over Thor’s previous relationship. with Joan.
Lady Sif – Warrior-Goddess of the Vanir
Thor: Love and Thunder will also see the return of Lady Sif, who has been conspicuously absent from the MCU since Thor: The Dark Worldexcept for a brief appearance in Loki. Having survived both Hela and Thanos, Sif and Brunnhilde will have something to bond over. As a result, they may even develop romantic feelings for each other. Sif actor Jaimie Alexander is clearly in favor of the idea, having publicly offered her character as the future queen of Valkyrie (via The Mary Sue).
Angela – Thor’s Forgotten Sister
Thor: Ragnarok established Hela as Thor’s long-lost sister and former wielder of Mjolnir but, in the comics, those traits belonged to Angela – an angel and a bounty hunter. Angela made her Marvel comics debut in 2013 Age of Ultron screenplay (not to be confused with the 2015 film, The Avengers: Age of Ultron). This story saw her pulled out of the sky after Wolverine damaged the Omniverse. It’s not hard to imagine that Doctor Strange’s damage to the multiverse in the MCU could have had the same effect.
Since then, Angela has appeared several times in comics alongside Guardians of the Galaxy, which often show her as Gamora’s combat companion. Angela is also canonically lesbian in the comics, which opens up the possibility of her being interested in Valkyrie. Angela is said to appear in Thor 4 but, given how much of her character Hela has already been given, it’s unclear what role she might play.
Sera – Transgender Fallen Angel
First appeared in comics, Angela: Assassin of Asgard, Sera is a magical angel who has a checkered history with Angela. Comic stories saw her as a mercenary with the Ravagers, alongside Yondu. She is also canonically transgender and lesbian.
There have been talks for some time about Marvel Studios bringing a trans woman character into the MCU, with calls for auditions starting in 2019. This has led to speculation that Sera could be introduced in Thor 4 (Going through RTL). In 2020, it was rumored that Sera would make her MCU debut in Loki, but it never happened. Whether or not she’s set to appear in Season 2 of Lokithere is still a chance that she will make her debut in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Nebula – Redeemed Villain
Thanos’ cyborg daughter has had a rocky journey through her appearances in the MCU, following Loki’s path as a character who started out as a villain before gradually joining the hero side. Her story saw her reconcile with her sister, Gamora, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2before taking his first steps to have real friends during Avengers: Endgame. Nebula has changed more than most MCU characters, which makes her extremely compelling.
For a character like Nebula, emotionally damaged and a survivor of abuse, a romantic relationship might be a logical next step in her character development. A story like this could hold some truly touching moments, seeing Nebula learn to trust people while further absolving her of her past evilness. It may ultimately cement his place among the protagonists – if not as a true hero, at least as an anti-hero. Valkyrie might be the one to show Nebula what romance is, perhaps getting the chance to let her guard down and open up about her own past trauma in the process.
Moondragon – Telepathic Space Warrior
A Marvel Comics character who has yet to appear in the MCU, Moondragon is a telepath and the daughter of Drax the Destroyer. Comic book stories have seen her trained in combat by Thanos’ father, and she fought alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy and helped the Avengers take on Thanos. She is also bisexual, making her a potential love interest for Valkyrie. A special comic story, in Defenders #124saw Valkyrie appointed as Guardian of Moondragon at Odin’s Judgment – with a connection made like this, if she doesn’t appear in Thor: love and thunder, there’s a good chance she’ll appear with Valkyrie in future stories. While in the main MCU timeline Drax’s family was killed off, it would be easy to introduce Moon Dragon as a variant across the multiverse or by simply changing his origin story, as the MCU has done. previously.
Captain Marvel – The MCU’s Mightiest Hero
Valkyrie and Captain Marvel are a popular fan couple, but this idea isn’t entirely limited to fans. Mary Livanos, the producer of Captain Marvel and Wanda visionteased the possibility of Brunhilde and Carol Danvers possibly being a couple (via New roses). Valkyrie is said to appear in Wonders, which could further support this idea. The actors behind the two characters, Brie Larson and Tessa Thompson, are both proponents of greater LGBTQ+ representation among superheroes and have been known to leave positive responses to fan art of their characters as a couple.
Dr. Annabelle Riggs – Archaeologist and Indiana Jones Wannabe
In the Marvel comics, Annabelle Riggs is an archaeologist from Earth, who first encountered Valkyrie while digging an ancient Viking grave. Canonically lesbian, Annabelle has had an unusual history with Valkyrie in comedic stories, particularly in the fearless defenders series. This story saw them accidentally sharing the same body after Valkyrie raised her from death (via RBC). It will be interesting to see how a story like this can possibly be handled on screen, especially after Venom and moon knight played with similar ideas.
Thor jokes about the Asgardians of the Galaxy at the end of Avengers: Endgame could be a clue in favor of Annabelle, as she was a member of a team of the same name in the comics. With Valkyrie still on Earth at the start of Thor: Love and Thunder, she would certainly have a chance to meet Annabelle. As an archaeologist studying ancient Viking battles, his character could also quite easily be linked to the larger comic mythology behind Gorr the Butcher God and his fearsome sword, the All-Black. Additionally, Annabelle appearing in the MCU could create the possibility of a fearless defenders movie in the future. As an unassuming character compared to the others on this list, but also a clear callback to Thor and Jane Foster’s earlier relationship, Annabelle Riggs might be the likeliest candidate as Brunnhilde’s queen.
There is an ever-growing number of actors, directors and producers who want to show greater LGBTQ+ representation in films, and Thor: Love and Thunder should finally deliver on this. Queer representation is still sorely lacking in movies, especially in properties like the Disney-owned MCU, but Valkyrie has the potential to make a big impact on that. With so many possible love interests, it’s possible she even has more than one. Tropes like love triangles may be overused in straight romances, but they still have a lot of untapped potential for LGBTQ+ characters, who can finally show off a three-sided love triangle.
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- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release Date: Jul 08, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: November 11, 2022
- Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: February 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: July 28, 2023
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