Thor: Ragnarok co-star Tessa Thompson confirmed last week that her version of Valkyrie is bisexual, only to later clarify that “her sexuality isn’t explicitly addressed” in the Marvel Studios sequel. However, she now reveals that a scene intended to acknowledge the orientation of the Asgardian warrior was cut during the editing process.
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In a new Rolling Stone profile, Thompson recounted how she pitched the the addition of Valkyrie’s bisexuality to director Taika Waititi, basing it on her character’s comic book relationship with anthropologist Annabelle Riggs. “There’s this great illustration of them in a kiss,” she said.
Waititi filmed a shot a glimpse of a woman walking out of Valkyrie’s bedroom. While that bit of character development stayed in the film for a while, it eventually wound up on the cutting room floor, apparently because, as the magazine explains, “it distracted from the scene’s vital exposition.”
Opening Friday nationwide, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Karl Urban as Skurge.
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