At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios announced that the fourth Thor solo movie, which they’d already announced had Taika Waititi returning to write and direct, will be called Thor: Love and Thunder. The plot will revolve around Jane Foster taking on the Thor mantle and Valkyrie, in her freshly appointed role as the ruler of New Asgard, searching for a queen.
Tessa Thompson said on the panel that this would be the character’s “first order of business” as king, and this subplot will confirm the character’s bisexuality after that element was cut from Ragnarok. Here are 10 Characters Valkyrie Might Choose As Her Queen.
As soon as it was announced that Valkyrie would be seeking a queen, Jaimie Alexander threw her hat in the ring – or, more specifically, her character Lady Sif’s hat – for the role. She simply tweeted the phrase, “>raises hand<.”
Marvel fans were pretty disappointed with how the earlier Thor movies dealt with Lady Sif, feeling that a comic book icon was marginalized and not done justice. So, if she became Valkyrie’s queen, it would be an interesting way to bring her back into the fold and fix her MCU incarnation, just like Taika Waititi is about to do with Jane Foster.
Angela is one of the few LGBTQ characters in the Marvel universe right now (actually, she started off in the Image Comics universe, but legal troubles eventually led her to Marvel). She’d be an ideal candidate for Valkyrie’s queen, because she’s not only Asgardian; she’s Asgardian royalty.
She’s the daughter of Odin and Freyja, which makes her the half-sister of Thor and Loki. The other Thor solo movies have introduced new members of Thor’s bloodline into the mix, so this would continue that trend, and she’s an incredibly powerful character who would make a good match for Valkyrie and a strong co-leader for New Asgard.
In the comics, the Enchantress is a powerful sorceress who is one of Thor’s most powerful and hateful enemies. That might make her an odd choice to lead New Asgard at Valkyrie’s side, but the MCU has toyed around in the past with humanizing villains and even making them protagonists (and vice versa).
So, there’s probably a way to characterize the Enchantress in the MCU in a way that she can become good and join Valkyrie’s side, and also differentiate herself from the Enchantress of the DCEU played by Cara Delevingne (much like the MCU’s Namor will need to differentiate himself from the DCEU’s Aquaman).
7 Jane Foster
If Thor: Love and Thunder focuses on Jane Foster becoming Thor and Valkyrie searching for a queen, perhaps the two storylines aren’t mutually exclusive. The MCU has told two unrelated stories in the same movie before, but that’s just lazy writing. Movies work better when the plotlines work together and intertwine.
There’s a good chance that Marvel is hiding a spoiler in plain sight. It makes sense that Thor would lead the Asgardians – that’s Thor’s job – but Thor relinquished that role and he’s about to relinquish the mantle of Thor, too. Along with Valkyrie being confirmed as bi, maybe Jane will, too, and the pair will fall in love and rule over New Asgard.
Phyla-Vell is a superhero who was genetically engineered by Mar-Vell, the original male Captain Marvel. We’ve already met Mar-Vell in the MCU following an appearance in Captain Marvel earlier this year, so it wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility for Phyla-Vell to make her debut.
She’s been known by the superhero alter ego Quasar and she’s even made a bid for the mantle of Captain Marvel. With the MCU expanding more than ever and focusing heavily on the cosmic side of things going forward, the introduction of Phyla-Vell sounds like a good idea, and an exciting one for Marvel diehards.
5 Karolina Dean
Karolina Dean – also known as Lucy in the Sky or “L.S.D.” (although these monikers will likely not go down too well in the Disney-owned MCU) – is the Majesdanian daughter of a pair of evil superhumans and a member of the Runaways.
She’s been featured in the Hulu adaptation of the Runaways characters, but if she makes it to the MCU, she’ll likely be reimagined and recast. Karolina is one of the few confirmed lesbians in the Marvel universe, and she has the cosmic abilities of space flight and solar light manipulation, which would make her the perfect match for Valkyrie.
Odin personally selected Valkyrie to fight among the Valkyrior, his team of shield-maidens, who are essentially Asgardian angels – angels that double as fierce warriors – so it would make sense for her to pair up with an actual angel to lead New Asgard. That’s where Sera comes in, an angel with ties to the Thor ensemble (and occasional lover of Angela).
In the comics, Sera has links to the Thor villains Hela and Surtur – both of whom appeared in Thor: Ragnarok – as well as Jane Foster, who is about to be named the new Thor. Canonically, Sera becoming Valkyrie’s queen would open up a number of avenues.
3 Monica Rambeau
In Captain Marvel, we met a young Monica Rambeau, the daughter of Carol Danvers’ best friend Maria Rambeau, played by child actor Akira Akbar. In that movie, Monica idolized Carol and displayed a clear understanding of the need to do the right thing if you have the capability.
In the comics, Monica becomes a superhero named Photon when she’s an adult. And we don’t have to wait so long for that, since Captain Marvel was set in the ‘90s. Teyonah Parris has already been cast to play an adult Monica in the Disney+ series WandaVision, so maybe she’ll become Valkyrie’s queen in the movies.
Moondragon has a very complicated backstory, but here are the key points for her candidacy as Valkyrie’s queen and a significant character in the MCU: she’s canonically bisexual, she’s the daughter of Drax the Destroyer, and she’s been a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Since Thor joined the Guardians at the end of Avengers: Endgame, it seems as though the team might play an important part in Thor: Love and Thunder. Also, Valkyrie is primarily a cosmic character, having come from Asgard and made her MCU debut on Sakaar, so it checks out that she would choose a cosmic queen.
1 Captain Marvel
Fans have been shipping Valkyrie and Captain Marvel since the beginning. Tessa Thompson has already said that Carol Danvers is someone that Valkyrie would enjoy spooning with. Perhaps she’d also enjoy ruling New Asgard with her.
After seeing how close they were in Captain Marvel’s first solo movie, some fans expected Carol to have a romance with Maria Rambeau, but since Maria is a human who will be aging and Carol is basically ageless, part-alien, and disappears into space for decades at a time, it would be difficult for them to maintain a relationship. Valkyrie, on the other hand, would be easy to maintain a relationship with.