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Thor: Ragnarok Deleted Scene Implies Valkyrie's Bisexuality

Written by Tim Midura on Wednesday, November 01 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Thor: Ragnarok Deleted Scene Implies Valkyrie's Bisexuality

The scene was cut for exposition reasons.

Source: Rolling Stone

Last month, Tessa Thompson took to Twitter to state that Valkyrie was bisexual, only to clarify that she meant in the comics. In a new Rolling Stone profile, the Thor: Ragnarok actress revealed that a scene was shot that would have heavily implied Valkyrie's sexuality, which was pitched from Thompson herself.

Thompson even summoned the courage to pitch Waititi on making Valkyrie bisexual, based on her comic book relationship with anthropologist Annabelle Riggs. "There's this great illustration of them in a kiss," swoons Thompson, and while Valkyrie has yet to meet Annabelle in her Hollywood timeline – and who knows if she'll get to – she convinced Waititi to shoot a glimpse of a woman walking out of Valkyrie's bedroom. He kept it in the film as long as he could; eventually the bit had to be cut because it distracted from the scene's vital exposition.

A scene was left in though, that Thompson claims leaves in a subtle moment of Valkyrie's love.

"There were things that we talked about that we allowed to exist in the characterization, but maybe not be explicit in the film," admits Thompson. 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," says Thompson. "In my mind, that was my lover."

Thompson admits there was a back and forth with director Taika Waititi as well, who elaborated himself on the scene in an interview with The Playlist.

"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," Waititi recalls. "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. Who knows. 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!' 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 out this Friday November 3, 2017.


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