A same-sex moment in the latest Thor movie unfortunately ended up on the cutting room floor.
Actress Tessa Thompson (pictured above, left) plays Asgardian warrior Valkyrie in superhero sequel Thor: Ragnarok, released late last month.
Before the film’s release, Thompson told fans on social media that the character was bisexual, faithful to the portrayal in comics she’d appeared in and the first Marvel character to identify as queer.
She wrote on Twitter: “She’s bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play!”
In the final film, it was never explicitly confirmed on-screen but the actress told Rolling Stone she convinced director Taika Waititi to include a shot of a woman walking out of Valkyrie’s bedroom.
She told the publication the shot was left on the cutting room floor as the film was edited, because it distracted from the scene’s vital exposition.
But Thompson said a brief moment that made the final cut was potentially suggestive of a same-sex lover: a flashback showing Valkyrie devastated by the death of a fallen female comrade.
She said: “There’s a great shot of me falling back from one of my sisters who’s just been slain. In my mind, that was my lover.
“There were things that we talked about that we allowed to exist in the characterization, but maybe not be explicit in the film.”
The actress added that she hoped the character returns in a future film where her sexuality is more explicit.
The film is the superhero Thor’s third outing, and features stars Australian actors Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett.
It was filmed in Brisbane and on locations throughout the Gold Coast last year.