It seems like Hollywood is slowly stepping into the realization that representation is not only important, it can actually make them some money if done properly. And they’re doubling down on it. This time, it looks like the casting or expounding of Marvel Universe characters.
First, there’s Tessa Thompson. Marvel fans out there know that Thompson has had a recurring role in the Thor films as Valkyrie. She will assume become the new King of Asgard, the land in which they live. According to Entertainment Weekly, Thompson shared an interesting tidbit about her character’s arc during Comic-Con. Thompson said of the upcoming film, Thor: Love and Thunder, “First of all, as new King [of Asgard], she needs to find her queen, so that will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”
While people close to the project have said that they’re not sure how Valkyrie’s sexual preferences and love life will affect the story, it was important that it be included.
This exploration into Valkyrie’s love life is not a deviation from the comics, in which she was bisexual. And interestingly, this was not the first time Marvel toyed with including this fact in one of the Thor films. In Thor Ragnarok, there was a scene that showed a woman sneaking out of Valkyrie’s room. But it was cut from the film. Instead, the studio decided to showcase Valkyrie flirting with Thor. But we’ve seen that before.
This development would make Valkyrie Marvel’s first openly gay character.
Also during Comic-Con Teyonah Parris, known for her roles in “Mad Men,” “Dear White People,” and If Beale Street Could Talk has been cast as Monica Rambeau in Wandavision, a new Marvel series for Disney +.
According to Shadow and Act, Parris will star alongside Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as the heroes in the new series.
Fans online have been lobbying for Parris to be cast as Rambeau or Storm for a while now. Rambeau is the second Captain Marvel and is known by several names. Her character, who has the power to manipulate and generate energy, appeared as a child in the 2019 Captain Marvel film as the daughter of Carol Danver’s friend, Maria Rambeau, played by Lashana Lynch She has the power to manipulate and generate energy. The series will take place after the events of the Captain Marvel film which took place in 1995.
While the announcement has only been made about the series thus far, Shadow and Act predicts that she will appear in several Marvel projects, including films, in the future, including a movie of her own.
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