Tessa Thompson Says Representation In Marvel's Next Phase Is A 'Pretty Big Deal'

Written by on July 2, 2020

The king has returned.

With the coronavirus pandemic placing a pause on summer time blockbusters, it’s been a quiet quarantine so far as Marvel information goes. However actor Tessa Thompson touted the significance of variety in the way forward for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an interview with Ramy Youssef as a part of Selection’s “Actors on Actors” collection.

Within the subsequent part of Marvel, “we’re actually speaking about what illustration appears like in these areas,” stated Thompson, who performs Valkyrie, the primary confirmed LGBTQ hero within the MCU and the brand new king of Asgard.

“The reality is these films journey globally in such enormous methods, and should you can signify folks which can be of colour, should you can signify folks with disabilities, should you can signify the LGBTQIA neighborhood inside of those movies, it’s a reasonably large deal,” Thompson stated. 

Comedian e-book narratives are all about how folks’s variations make them particular, and even the villains come from a spot of trauma, she added.

“I feel it’s actually vital for everyone, however for younger folks particularly, to have the ability to present as much as these films and see projections of themselves. So I’m actually excited that we’re in a position to proceed to push the bounds of that and that I’m in a position to do this with Valkyrie. As a result of there’s so many cool queer characters within the comedian books, and they need to have a spot on display screen,” Thompson stated.

So far as how that illustration may look, director Taika Waititi earlier this 12 months supported the concept of Valkyrie’s being “explicitly queer” within the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Thompson’s character was confirmed to be a part of the LGBTQ neighborhood at 2019 San Diego Comedian-Con, however thus far that a part of Valkyrie’s id has been subtext. 

Along with Thompson’s character, the upcoming movie “The Eternals” will characteristic a homosexual couple, Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed beforehand. Information about Marvel’s first homosexual kiss from the movie made the rounds again in February, with stories saying it was so emotional folks cried on set.

Watch Thompson discuss Marvel from her throne:


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