Marvel president confirms the first LGBTQ+ hero in the MCU

Tessa Thompson will still play the character.

July 21, 2019
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At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel unveiled the details of Phase 4 during a two-hour panel featuring President Kevin Feige. 

Among the several announcements, the next installment for Thor’s series was revealed. 

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It will debut Nov. 5, 2021 featuring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman. Director Taika Waititi will return for the film titled Thor: Love and Thunder.

With the announcement, Marvel unveiled its first openly LGBTQ superhero. Valkyrie, the leader of Thor’s home New Asgard, will be the first non-heterosexual hero. The character will be played by Thomson. 

Thompson gave a speech about the historic moment. 

“First of all, as king, she needs to find her queen,” Thompson said. “That will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.” 

Then, Feige confirmed what she was hinting at.

“The answer is yes,” he said about the character identifying as LGBTQ. “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4.” 

More on the Marvel panel 

Marvel Studios kicked off their panel with a montage of old movies, confirming the end of The Infinity Saga.

Much to the delight of MCU fans everywhere, dates were announced for Phase 4. It looks like the next era will last two years and consist of ten movies and shows on Disney+.

First up, The Eternals slated to hit theaters Nov. 6, 2020.

The cast will include Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh and Don Lee. It will be directed by Chloé Zhao.

Some original series coming to the highly anticipated Disney+ service were also announced, including The Falcon And The Winter Soldier. The series will star Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Daniel Brühl and will hit the streaming service fall 2020.

Up next for Phase 4 and coming in Feb. 12, 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings featuring Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

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Continuing with the unveiling of original Disney+ series, WandaVision is announced with Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Teyonah Parris. This one hits streaming spring 2021.

Tom Hiddleston will make a return to the MCU with the Disney+ series Loki hitting the service spring 2021.

Are you keeping up so far?

Doctor Strange fans will be elated to know the film’s sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will hit theaters May 7, 2021. Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen will make their return, as well as director Scott Derrickson.

Comic fans will be elated to hear that the animated series What If…? will be hitting Disney+ in summer 2021. Many actors and actresses across the MCU are expected to reprise their roles as voice talent.

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Jeremy Renner will return in the Disney+ series, Hawkeye coming to the streaming service fall 2021. The series will also introduce Kate Bishop.

After leaked set photos and videos, Marvel finally confirmed the highly anticipated Black Widow with Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Cate Shortland is directing the film which we can see starting May 1, 2020.

According to those who saw the leaked footage, the villain in the film will be Taskmaster. Stranger Things’ David Harbour also took the stage to reveal he would be making an appearance in the film!

The announcement of Black Widow filled the slots for the Phase 4 image, but Marvel wasn’t done yet.

With no release date announced, Marvel also unveiled Blade with Mahershala Ali.

What do you think about Valkyrie making Marvel history? Sound off in the comments down below!

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Written by Alex Darus