With Thor: Ragnarok finally in theaters, some behind the scenes secrets are being revealed.
Valkyrie actress Tessa Thompson pitched to director Taika Waititi that her character should be bisexual like her comic book counterpart. She even got him to film a scene where a woman is seen coming out of Valkyrie’s bedroom in the morning.
Ultimately it was cut because it distracted from the exposition in the scene.
Thompson discussed her take on Valkyrie’s sexuality in an interview with Rolling Stone.
“There were things that we talked about that we allowed to exist in the characterization, but maybe not be explicit in the film,” she said.” Pay attention to her agony in a flashback where Blanchett’s Goddess of Death murders the rest of Valkyrie’s warrior clan. “There’s a great shot of me falling back from one of my sisters who’s just been slain,” said Thompson. “In my mind, that was my lover.”
In an interview with The Playlist, Waititi explained his approach to featuring Valkyrie’s bisexuality.
“We had talked about it. There was one moment that didn’t make it into the film where she was hanging out with a girl,” said Waititi. “If you were to read into that you can see that in her flashback. There is a girl there and maybe perhaps there’s something there that was her girlfriend.”
“We tried to make sure it wasn’t super specific or that we were trying to say ‘She’s a lesbian! She’s bi! We really gotta get everyone on board with this,’” he continued. “It’s more like, ‘Look if you want to read anything into that you can make sense of it in parts of the film.’ I know that she had that and she was using that in her process and stuff. And I’m totally supportive of that. Why not?”
Thor: Ragnarok is currently playing in theaters.
What do you think about the movie version of Valkyrie being bisexual?