Captain Marvel and Valkyrie actors Brie Larson and Tessa Thompson support a potential romantic relationship between their MCU characters. Both fairly newcomers to the MCU, the pair debuted their respective heroes towards the end of Phase 3 – Larson in her titular film Captain Marvel earlier this year, and Thompson in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnaraok in 2017. Despite boarding the franchise late, they’ve both made their presence felt right away.
Larson and Thompson among the growing number of female key players in the MCU
After years of only having Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow as its prominent heroine, there’s been an influx of women of power in the franchise over the last few years, with the addition of Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, Karen Gillan’s Nebula, Evangeline Lily’s The Wasp, Pom Klementieff’s Mantis, Danai Gurira’s Okoye, Letitia Wright’s Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch. Avengers: Endgame even debuted Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts as Rescue. But aside from Marvel Studios working on better representing strong females, the MCU is also working to be more LGBTQ-inclusive, and Thompson and Larson are willing to be its first same-sex couple.
The actors appeared at ACE Comic-Con in Chicago (via Comic Book), and revealed that they’re both supportive of the idea that their characters begin a romantic relationship; “We’re here to ship, ya’ll! We can dig into it, I’m just telling you we’re shipping,” Larson said, while Thompson followed by saying: “Brie is my real-life queen, in general. If it becomes canon, that’s cool, too.” This sentiment was welcomed by those who were in attendance at the panel.
Valkyrie and Captain Marvel could be a Power Couple
Since it was implied that Valkyrie is the first openly bisexual hero in the MCU, fans have been on the lookout for when this will be explicitly played out on the big screen. And since Endgame ended with her officially becoming the ruler of the new Asgard, the hunt for her new queen has begun, with the public giving their own suggestions on who it might be. Some think that the return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder can pave the way for a romance, others, meanwhile feel like Jamie Alexander’s Lady Sif (including the actress herself) is a better option. However, between Larson and Thompson’s real-life friendship and this declaration, it’s safe to say that seeing Captain Marvel as Valkyrie’s lover is one that’s gaining some traction with viewers.
It’s too early to tell if something will ever come out of people loving the idea of Captain Marvel and Valkyrie being romantically involved, considering that both are pivotal players in their separate film series. Marvel Studios will have to craft a narrative that can actually show them becoming a couple, otherwise, it’ll only feel like pandering. Nevertheless, fans can expect the MCU to properly debut an openly gay character, and rumor has it that it’ll be in Chloe Zhao’s Eternals.
Key Release Dates
- Black Widow (2020) release date: May 01, 2020
- Eternals (2020) release date: Nov 06, 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) release date: Feb 12, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) release date: May 07, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) release date: Nov 05, 2021
- Black Panther 2 (2022) release date: May 06, 2022
- Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 (2021) release date: Jul 16, 2021