When Marvel announced Thor: Love and Thunder, the other big news besides Natalie Portman and her hammer was that Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie became the studio’s first openly gay character.
Many fans had suspected this all along – and they further suspected the same was true of Captain Marvel’s Carol Danvers, even though that character is not officially out.
Adding fuel to that theory was the fact that Thompson and Brie Larson had already been trading love notes about their characters on social media.
Valkyrie comes out
At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor went off with the Guardians of the Galaxy, leaving Valkyrie in charge of the Asgardian community on Earth. She and Thor had this exchange:
Valkyrie: Thor. Your people need a king.
Thor: No, they already have one.
Valkyrie: That’s funny. You’re being serious?
Thor: It’s time for me to be who I am rather than who I’m supposed to be. But you, you’re a leader. That’s who you are.
Valkyrie: You know I’d make a lot of changes around here.
Thor: I’m counting on it. Your Majesty.
Thor kind of got his wish when Thompson went on stage at the San Diego Comic-Con and said that as King of New Asgard, her first order of business would be to find her queen. Cue rapturous cheers from the audience.
One of the reasons the cheers were so strong was that this revelation was true to the source material: Valkyrie is bisexual in the comics. A scene confirming this was shot for Thor: Ragnarok, but director Taika Waititi cut it because he thought it interfered with the exposition of the scene.
Fans ship Captain Marvel and Valkyrie – and so do the actors
Thompson didn’t say whom she had in mind as her queen, but fans have a pretty good idea that it’s Carol Danvers. There has been much speculation that character is LGBTQ, with the movie implying a more than platonic relationship with Carol’s best friend Maria Lambeau, played by Lashanna Lynch.
So if Captain Marvel gets with Maria, where does that leave Valkyrie? If the movies follow the comics, it would be Annabelle Riggs, a mortal scientist who at one point assumes Valkyrie’s identity.
However, if Marvel goes that way, it would burst more than a few bubbles, per Buzzfeed. Thompson and Larson have been fueling the speculation by trading very affectionate social media posts regarding their characters, including fan art that ships the couple.
When Larson and Thompson met at the Endgame premiere, their enthusiasm was infectious. One fan wrote: TESSA AND BRIE TOGETHER IS WHAT WE DESERVE!”
What has Thompson said about Larson?
While there’s no doubt that Larson and Thompson have a strong mutual admiration society, it remains to be seen how that will manifest onscreen. However, the actresses have made it clear they’ll jump at the chance to work together.
Thompson said, “Of course I would love the chance to work with Brie. We’re like women’s women, so the idea of getting to do something that little girls are excited about, and people that identify as women feel excited about is cool.”
Moreover, when Larson was included in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people, it was Thompson who wrote her entry:
“Her activism is an extension of who she is. She sits at a table and wants to make sure everyone has access to it. She is constantly investigating how to be a better ally. The first time I met her, she was taking a breather outside of an annual adult prom; the next time, she was hosting a conversation (complete with graphs and a PowerPoint presentation) about the lack of representation in film. She has a huge capacity for both joy and serious work.”
So if Marvel doesn’t get these two together soon, it will be one of their rare misjudgments. Just imagine what would happen if Portman, Thompson, and Larson were all in Love and Thunder.