Thor: Love and Thunder may change the lack of LGBTQ+ characters and queer stories that have plagued the MCU thus far. Joe Russo’s cameo in Avengers: Endgame introduced the first openly gay character to the Marvel Studios movies. Except for Phastos in The Eternals, no major character in any of the 20+ films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been publicly portrayed as LGBT.
That’s in spite of several characters in the comics, including Loki, Korg, and Captain Marvel, having a history of LGBTQ+ identity. Even queer figures were removed or had their sexuality downplayed, such as America Chavez in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. America Chavez’s parents are a queer couple, but they are never shown together onscreen and are only referenced by America.
LGBTQ+ heroes appear to leave their queerness behind when they appear on film, and the MCU has a mixed history of portraying female heroes or heroes of color. Marvel Studios was even accused of queer-baiting in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Jason Aaron’s cherished Mighty Thor comic book series will be a source of inspiration for Thor: Love and Thunder.
Thor, Jane Foster, Valkyrie, Korg, Sif, and Star-Lord are just a few of the familiar faces that will appear in it. Gorr the God Butcher, a new addition to the MCU, will serve as the film’s primary antagonist. In the comic book plot, Jane Foster inherits Mjolnir and gains access to Thor’s powers while she copes with a cancer diagnosis.
This shows Thor’s unworthiness by preventing him from lifting the weapon. Thor’s mental state, bodily condition, and position among the Guardians of the Galaxy as seen in the final moments of Endgame will also need to be covered in the movie. The romance between Thor and Jane isn’t the only one that may exist in Love and Thunder.
Valkyrie, one of the MCU’s most enduring and openly LGBTQ+ characters, may be getting the third onscreen queer relationship. Queer hero Valkyrie is the king of New Asgard. In Thor: Love and Thunder, she’ll meet a queen and engage in an openly LGBTQ+ relationship. To get the latest updates, stay tuned to Thirsty.
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