After MCU star Anthony Mackie’s criticism of Marvel films for lack of diversity and his desire to use his status as co-lead of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier to demand more diverse representation in Marvel Studios’ projects, Will Tessa Thompson do this? Repeat her role as Valkyrie in Thor: Love and Thunder, thinking that Phase 4 will better incorporate these ideals. As part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Thompson and Ramys Ramy Youssef spoke about the topic and why it is so important for the fandom. “I think in this next phase of Marvel, we’re really talking about what representation looks like in these rooms,” Thompson said. “Because the truth is that these films travel worldwide in such a big way, and if you can portray people with color, if you can portray people with disabilities, if you can represent the LGBTQIA community within these films, that̵
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“There are millions and millions of people, especially young people, who come to the cinema,” continued Thompson. “And I think if you can show them something that looks similar to them, they feel valued. Especially in these comic narratives, it’s about it. It’s our differences that make us special.”
“I’m really excited that we can continue to push the limits and that I can do that with Valkyrie because there are so many cool queer characters in the comics and they should have a place. Screen.”
Since the introduction of COVID-19, the MCU’s phase 4 schedule has been shuffled several times. The latest version of Thor: Love and Thunder will open on February 11, 2022. Ragnarok director Taika Waititi will return for the film and has promised to “double” the craziness.
Thor: Love and Thunder will feature Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster as Thor and Christian Bale as a villain to be revealed.
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