The Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading toward another ‘electrifying’ outing as Taika Waititi returns to the director’s chair for Thor: Love and Thunder. Once again putting Chris Hemsworth in the saddle as the awesome Asgardian, it sounds like Love and Thunder won’t just focus on the Hollywood hunk.
Natalie Portman is suiting up as Mighty Thor, meaning Jane Foster will officially pick up Mjölnir and become the new God of Thunder. Elsewhere, Tessa Thompson is reprising her role as the fan-favourite Valkyrie and will continue to rule New Asgard.
Embracing Thompson’s sexuality, Valkyrie will be the MCU’s first LGBTQ+ hero and will apparently find her own love interest in Thor 4. Speaking at this year’s Comic-Con International, Thompson told the excited crowd: “First of all, as king, as new king [of Asgard], she needs to find her queen.”
With this in mind, here are seven options for who could sit on the throne as Valkyrie’s queen in Thor: Love and Thunder.
One choice that’s been championed by Tessa Thompson herself, can anyone imagine Captain Marvel and Valkyrie becoming the MCU’s ultimate power couple?
The internet recently exploded when Brie Larson and Thompson shared fan art of Captain Marvel and Valkyrie in a lover’s embrace. Despite Carol Danvers being straight in canon, some fans picked up on some LGBTQ+ undertones in her debut movie. Was there more to her relationship with Maria Rambeau?
Captain Marvel seems like an obvious choice to appease fans, but let’s be honest, it’s hardly the most original.
Another LGBTQ+ character who has felt the wrath of the MCU playing it safe is Okoye. As T’Challa’s loyal right-hand woman, The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira flexed her muscles in Black Panther and the last two Avengers movies.
In the comics, it is Aneka who is the captain of the Dora Milaje and strikes up a relationship with Ayo. The acclaimed World of Wakanda comic series was nearly adapted into Black Panther, but there are accusations Okoye was ‘straightwashed’ and married to W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) in the final cut.
Although Okoye survived the devastation of the Decimation, she was reduced to just a cameo in Avengers: Endgame. For those who don’t want to wait around until Phase 5 and the arrival of Black Panther 2, Okoye could be a welcome addition to Thor: Love and Thunder.
Someone who’s been missing from our lives for far too long is Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif. MIA in the movies since Thor: The Dark World, Sif had a few appearances in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but was famously absent from Thor: Ragnarok.
The sparring partner of Hemsworth’s Thor, Alexander’s performances added some much-needed female equality to the MCU’s early days. When IGN ran an article on who should be Valkyrie’s queen, Alexander shared the article on Twitter and put herself forward.
With Portman returning as Jane, there would be a sense of things coming full circle if Alexander reprised her role as the formidable warrior woman. Even if Valkyrie and Sif aren’t destined to be lovers, it would be one hell of a scene to see the pair lock swords and have a female powerhouse battle.
Thanks to Hela’s introduction in Thor: Ragnarok, we already know the MCU loves a complicated family history when it comes to the Asgardians. After appearing in Todd McFarlane’s Spawn comics, Marvel took the rights to Angela and turned her into the first-born of Odin and Freyja.
I know we’ve seen this play out with the arrival of Hela, but the MCU could mix it up to bring the fan-favourite Angela into the Frey. As an already established LGBTQ+ character, she’s a likely choice to knock boots with Valkyrie.
Let’s also remember when Thor mentioned the Asgardians of the Galaxy at the end of Endgame. It just so happens Angela and Valkyrie are members of the intergalactic Asgardians.
Talk about putting the cat among the pigeons. While we’re expecting Thor and Jane Foster to pick up where they left off in the romance stakes, it would be a middle finger to the muscular Thor Odinson to see his former flame shack up with his fellow Revengers teammate.
Fans already know Portman is coming back as Foster — hoping to redeem the character’s divisive reception. As the new Mighty Thor, Foster looks like she’s embracing her comic book history and twirling up Mjölnir to rule over some form of Asgard.
Yes, we’re all expecting the ‘Love’ aspect of Love and Thunder to be Thor and Jane finally making good on their feelings, but isn’t that a little predictable?
Up there with the likes of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Josh Brolin’s Thanos, Cate Blanchett’s Hela is one of the MCU’s best big bads. Introduced in Thor: Ragnarok, Hela was effectively the live-action version of Angela.
Proving she don’t need no man, Hela’s Ragnarok runtime involved her ploughing her way through Asgard and leaving chaos in her wake. Although Hela succeeded in destroying Thor’s palatial home, she seemed to meet her maker.
I’m not buying Hela’s underwhelming demise, so just imagine a reformed Goddess of Death returning to rile alongside Valkyrie. The chances of this one are pretty slim, but to be honest, I’m just looking for a reason to bring Blanchett back.
Bear with us on this one, but could Loki be Valkyrie’s new partner in crime? Looking at the comics, it’s important to remember that Loki has appeared as both a man and a woman.
Even though we’re used to Tom Hiddleston playing the Trickster God, comic book Loki is gender-fluid and frequently changes his/her form. We’ve already seen him pose as the likes of Odin and Captain America, so why not take it one step further?
Yes, the Loki we’ve come to know over the past few years is dead thanks to that big opening of Infinity War, but with 2012 Loki (from The Avengers) hopping around the cosmos with the Tesseract, literally anything is possible?
Who would you like to see as Valkyrie’s queen? Let us know!
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