- The internet is mocking Robert Mueller’s report deadline Friday 7:53 PM
- Instagram blocks some anti-vax hashtags—but still has far to go Friday 6:20 PM
- Study: Netflix released more originals than licensed titles last year Friday 2:26 PM
- Laura Ingraham, Dinesh D’Souza slam journalist for having a job Friday 1:40 PM
- Netflix is testing a cheap-as-hell mobile-only plan Friday 1:08 PM
- Astrology app Co-Star’s bizarre push notifications are now a meme Friday 12:18 PM
- ‘The Dirt’ offers a sanitized history of Mötley Crüe—but why? Friday 11:42 AM
- ‘The Dirt’ director Jeff Tremaine on Mötley Crüe’s long, difficult road to Netflix Friday 11:30 AM
- Here’s video of yet another alleged gunman looking for YouTuber Adam22 Friday 11:09 AM
- 12 mugs that are absolutely purr-fect for cat enthusiasts Friday 10:58 AM
- Jared Kushner used WhatsApp for official White House business Friday 10:50 AM
- Unsettled Tom memes are on the rise Friday 10:36 AM
- Trans student nominated for prom king told by administration to run for queen Friday 10:07 AM
- Trump turns on his favorite cable news network Friday 8:56 AM
- Skillshare is offering new users one month of premium for less than $1 Friday 8:34 AM
Marvel cut a ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ scene confirming Valkyrie’s bisexuality
The scene involved a woman walking out of Valkyrie’s bedroom.
First, actress Tessa Thompson tweeted that Valkyrie is bisexual, making her the first canonically queer character in a Marvel movie. Then, she clarified that while her performance is faithful to the comics, Valkyrie’s sexuality isn’t addressed onscreen.
Thompson is a big fan of Valkyrie and her love interest Annabelle Riggs in the comics and wanted to stay true to the character’s sexuality onscreen. She asked director Taika Waititi to film a moment where a woman walks out of Valkyrie’s bedroom, hinting that they slept together. According to Rolling Stone, Waititi “kept it in the film as long as he could,” but the shot eventually got cut because it “distracted” from the scene’s primary purpose.
Since Waititi encouraged the cast to improvise, plenty of other material ended up on the cutting room floor. But it’s especially sad to see this detail get deleted because it could’ve been a watershed moment for Marvel. Like the infamous “exclusively gay moment” in Beauty and the Beast, Thompson’s tweets got people excited about the prospect of queer representation. The problem is that by mentioning it publicly, Thompson drew attention to the fact that Marvel decided not to include the scene after all.
In the same interview, Thompson mentions a scene that is more open to interpretation. It’s a flashback where Hela (Cate Blanchett) kills another of Asgard’s female warriors, and we see Valkyrie react with grief and rage. “In my mind, that was my lover,” said Thompson. For what it’s worth, that’s how I viewed that scene when I watched the movie, too.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.