Marvel confirms Valkyrie with be the studio's first official LGBTQ superhero

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Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie (Credit: Marvel)

Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie will be Marvel's first official LGBTQ superhero, studio boss Kevin Feige has confirmed.

The news has come among the glut of Marvel 'Phase 4' info that was been dumped over the weekend at this year's Comic Con event in San Diego.

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Asked by i09 whether Valkyrie will have a specifically LGBTQ storyline in the forthcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, Feige said: “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 came after Feige's announcement that the fourth Thor movie will be called Thor: Love and Thunder, and will see the return of Natalie Portman's Dr Jane Foster.

Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson (Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“As new king, she needs to find her queen,” Thompson told the crowd in Hall H, referring to Thor's passing of the mantle of ruler of Asgard to Valkyrie at the end of Avengers: Endgame.

“That will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”

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Foster will become the Mighty Thor, in a storyline from the Marvel comic books first published in 2014, in which Thor loses his powers.

Director Taika Waititi hands the Thor hammer to Natalie Portman (Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Foster then picks up and wields his hammer Mjolnir.

Takai Waititi, who will be back in the directors chair for Love and Thunder, shot a scene for Thor: Ragnarok which would have confirmed Valkyrie's sexual orientation, but it never made it to the final movie.

The fourth Thor movie will arrive on November 5, 2121.