Thor: Ragnarok is going to set Marvel Cinematic Universe history by featuring the first confirmed LGBT character to appear in a Marvel Studios movie.
Tessa Thompson has confirmed that her Thor: Ragnarok character, Valkyrie, is bisexual.
"She's bi," Thompson tweeted in response to a comment from a fan on Twitter. "And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play!"
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
The subject was raised by this fan in reference to the fact that Valkyrie is a lesbian, or at least has participated in a romantic relationship with a woman, in the Marvel Comics Universe.
Valkyrie is not technically the first LGBT hero to be featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That distinction belongs to Joey Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba), the Inhuman who joined Daisy Johnson's team of Secret Warriors on Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.
Marvel has come under criticism at times for featuring exclusively straight romantic relationships in both film and television. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has said in that past that just because there hasn't been an LGBT romantic story doesn't mean that there aren't LGBT characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"There are a lot of gay people in the world. There are a lot of bisexual people in the world. There are a lot of characters in the MCU. We've barely gotten to know the sexuality of any of those characters," Gunn said. "We know Gamora and Quill are interested in each other. That's about the only sexual relationship that exists within the Guardians. We know Drax has a past with a wife so he's got some sort of interest in women. But we don't really know who's gay and who's not. It could be any of them."
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Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters on November 2, 2017.
Other upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include Black Panther on February 16, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, 2018, Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.