Brie Larson has said she wants Marvel Studios to "move faster" when it comes to LGBTQ representation. The actress might be getting her wish with a possible relationship between her Carol Danvers character and Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie. It is something that Captain Marvel producer Mary Livanos and the rest of the studio have been thinking about since fans have been championing it after the release of the movie earlier this year. Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have even caught the attention of Larson and Thompson on social media with their relationship goals.
Some romantic fan art featuring Valkyrie and Carol Danvers started making the rounds when Captain Marvel hit theaters and both Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson shared or commented on said art. It appears this excitement has led to some additional thinking within Marvel Studios behind-the-scenes. MCU producer Mary Livanos had this to say about the possible impact on the future of Carol and Valkyrie.
"And then, of course, there's the Brie Tessa Thompson love going on online which is fun to see. It's so charming and so fun to see the actor's themselves get excited about the potential mashup so that as a creative makes you start thinking."
Obviously, this is far from a confirmation that a relationship between Carol Danvers and Valkyrie will appear in the MCU's upcoming Phase 4. However, it is interesting to see how fan reaction to a possible same-sex relationship has some thinking going on behind-the-scenes. There has already been a lot more talk about LGBTQ representation in the MCU's Phase 4 over the past several months with speculation on The Eternals introducing the first openly gay superhero character after the first openly gay human character was introduced in Endgame, played by co-director Joe Russo.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has also talked about more LGBTQ representation on the way for the MCU. However, part of his job is to keep the secrets as to not spoil anything for the millions of fans from all over the world. But, the safe bet seems to be on The Eternals at this point in time for the big reveal. Feige had this to say.
"You look at the success of Captain Marvel and Black Panther. We want the movies to reflect the audience and we want every member of our global audience to see themselves reflected on the screen."
Representation will continue in the MCU's Phase 4, but will that involve a relationship between Valkyrie and Carol Danvers? Tessa Thompson portrays the character on the big screen as bi-sexual, which has yet to be explored outside of the comics. And when it comes down to it, the fans will be ready for it and if Marvel Studios does it first, the rest of the studios will begin to follow, which is pretty much a guarantee. Marvel Studios is an unstoppable juggernaut at this point in time and it's continuing to blaze trails. The interview with Mary Livanos was originally conducted by Comic Book.