Marvel Studio’s epic 90-minute presentation at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend was the talk of the internet. Not only did we learn that Mahershala Ali will be taking over as Blade, but it was also a night of many firsts for the billion-dollar movie studio. Tessa Thompson confirmed that her character Valkyrie is bisexual making her the first Marvel’s first LGBTQ+ superhero on the big screen.
Thompson will reprise her as the new King of the displaced Asgardians in Thor: Love and Thunder and announced to the crowd in Hall H that she is in search of a queen in the film.
“First of all, as King, she needs to find her queen. That will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”
Marvel Studio’s chief, Kevin Feige confirmed Tessa’s revelation about Valkyrie and other diverse firsts coming to the MCU in an interview with Collider.
“The answer is yes. How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4. It will be the case not just with her, but with other characters in some of the movies we’ve talked about today.”
The Eternals which was also announced this past weekend will feature Marvel’s first deaf superhero played by The Walking Dead’s Lauren Ridloff. The actress is also deaf in real life. Valkyrie in the comic books is bi-sexual, Thompson clarified in Tweet why it wasn’t explicitly known in the previous film Thor: Ragnarok.
On top of Valkyrie’s sexuality, the crowd was also happy to learn that Natalie Portman will return as Jane Foster and will become Thor in the film.
So buckle up, Phase 4 is going to be wild right that will include EVERYONE. We got a black Captain America, a bi-sexual superhero, an Asian superhero as well as a female Thor. Marvel is already looking to have a very strong 2020 when its new slate of films starting with the Scarlett Johansson led Black Widow movie kicks things off.
Marvel Fans React To Mahershala Ali Becoming Blade In The MCU
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Wesley Snipes is 56 years, HE CANNOT be Blade anymore,with ya'll nostalgic asses. He is now Butter Knife #BladeMCU— Hilery Louviere (@HileryLouviere) July 21, 2019
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#BladeMCU— rachroses (@rachroses) July 21, 2019
I’m sad it’s not Wesley I feel he’s still got it 😪but Mahershala will be fantastic🙌🏿
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The other announcements weren’t this level good. Glad to hear Thor 4 and Eternals and all that stuff but this was the best moment of the panel. DUDE MAHERSHALA ALI IS GOING TO BE FREAKING BLADE, HOLY SHIT. #BladeMCU https://t.co/G9l5YJe6PT— Matthew Kopsachilis (@TheRealMattKops) July 21, 2019
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Biggest part of #SDCC2019 that has got me excited is the announcement of #BladeMCU— SoundBite (@DJSoundBite) July 21, 2019
You realize what this means right?
There are god damn vampires running around the MCU. Not just in some weird world in outer space but god damn New York.
I can't wait to see how they explain that! pic.twitter.com/UIGSVRZkUs
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Let's start the movement right here, right now, for @MarvelStudios to cast @wesleysnipes as Whistler in the reboot of #BladeMCU.— Captain Scarlet's Stubble (Henry Higgins III) (@dravencage) July 21, 2019
The entire current run of comic-book movies owes everything to the 1st Blade movie, so a little honouring of the legacy he left isn't too much to ask. pic.twitter.com/alPwqPIplY
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty
Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie Announced As Marvel’s First LGBTQ+ Superhero was originally published on cassiuslife.com