Following criticism from MCU star Anthony Mackie of the Marvel films for his lack of diversity, and his desire to use his status as the Falcon’s co-leader and soldier winter to push for a more diverse representation of Marvel Studios’ projects, Tessa Thompson, who resumes her role as Valkyrie in Thor: Love and Thunder, believes that Phase 4 will more fully embrace these ideals. Actors, Thompson and Ramy’s Ramy Youssef talked about the subject and why it is so important to the big fandom. “I think in this next phase of Marvel, we’re really talking about what the representation looks like in these spaces,” said Thompson. “Because the truth is that these films travel around the world in such a huge way and if you can represent people of color, if you can represent people with disabilities, if you can represent the LGBTQIA community inside these films , it’s a big problem. “”
“There are millions and millions of people, especially young people, who come to the movies,” said Thompson. “And I think if you can show them something that looks like them, they feel valued. Particularly inside these comic book stories, that’s what it’s all about. Our differences make us special. »» I am really excited that we can continue to push the limits of this and that I am able to do it with Valkyrie, because there are so many strange queer characters in the comics and they should have a place on the screen. “Since the start of COVID-19, the schedule for phase 4 of the MCU has been revised several times. The last iteration to Thor: Love and Thunder opens on February 11, 2022. Ragnarok director Taika Waititi will return for the film and has promised to “double up” the madness.
Thor: Love and Thunder will star Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster as Thor and Christian Bale as the villain yet to be revealed.
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