Things We Saw Today: Thor’s Tessa Thompson Says That Valkyrie is Bisexual

"And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her."

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File this under the best news we’ve heard in a long, long time.

On Twitter, actress Tessa Thompson wrote frankly about her character’s LGBTQIA sexuality:

Slashfilm, which has seen Thor: Ragnarok, points out that this sexuality isn’t necessarily visible in the movie (although even Thompson’s assertion helps immensely in terms of bi visibility). While I wish we had more to view canonically, I’m still thrilled to go into the theater with this understanding of Thompson’s Valkyrie in mind, and the knowledge that Thompson found playing a bi woman who “cares very little about what men think of her” a joy to play. May Valkyrie be an inspiration to us all.

It’s hard to believe that Valkyrie is the first MCU superhero whose actor has flatly stated that they have a LGBTQIA identity. It’s not nearly enough in terms of representation, but it’s a start. Hey Marvel, I have an idea: a Valkyrie standalone. Let’s do this. Like, yesterday.

(via Slashfilm, image: Marvel Studios)

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  • The Congressional Black Caucus is demanding an apology from Chief of Staff John Kelly after his false statements regarding Congresswoman Fredrica Wilson, in the ongoing and awful saga of Trump’s call to a soldier’s widow. (via the CBC)
  • While we wait for Thor (but mostly Valkyrie), here’s the greatest Thor comics arcs “of all time.” (via Nerdist)

So what’s up with you today, team?

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