The unprecedented Thor: Blood and Thunder is shaping up to be appropriately epic, with the return of Natalie Portman's Jane Foster, two Thors, and of course, Valkyrie’s hunt for a queen to sit alongside her in her new role as King of Asgard (which she was crowned by Thor Odinson in Avengers: Endgame).
And this week, a suitor threw her sword and shield in the ring , with actor Jaimie Alexander (who played Sif in Thor and Thor: The Dark World) lobbying to return to her own dormant Marvel role as Valkyrie’s love interest.
Many fans would be happy to see Sif return as well and she can certainly go toe-to-toe and sword-to-sword with Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie, which would instantly make the pair perhaps the MCU's premiere power couple.
But who else - from comic books or the established Marvel Cinematic Universe - would make for a good Asgardian queen?
We’re shipping Valkyrie with five more Marvel characters we think might be just right for her.
Moondragon is a cosmic mystic who has served as an Avenger, a Defender, and a Guardian of the Galaxy in comic books (more on that last bit in a moment). She’s also an old comic book ally of Valkyrie who is canonically queer, having dated Phyla-Vell, the long-lost daughter of the Kree warrior Mar-Vell.
Obviously, Moondragon hits a lot of buttons in terms of her comic book connections. But her Guardians of the Galaxy connections go deepest of all – because she’s actually Drax’s daughter ... well, in the comic books anyway.
There's also a long and complicated comic book history that ties Drax, Moondragon, Thanos and the Eternals all in with one another, but a lot of the weirdest parts have already shifted in translation to the big screen and likely would some more. So we’ll just point out that big connection – and that Moondragon falling in love with Valkyrie would provide strong connective tissue from Blood and Thunder to the Guardians of the Galaxy, who rocketed into space with Thor in tow at the end of Avengers: Endgame.
It’s unlikely Marvel’s new flagship character (yeah, we’re going there – it’s in her name for crying out loud) would follow up her limited appearance in Avengers: Endgame by playing a tertiary supporting role in another superhero’s movie before her own sequel is even announced, but given how prevalent the idea of Carol and Valkyrie being a perfect match is among fans (embraced online by Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson) it’s worth considering.
Carol Danvers’ sexuality hasn’t been defined on film – considering Valkyrie’s own queerness just now became canon, it’s safe to assume Carol could be attracted to anyone in the Marvel Universe (or no one at all).
So why not one of the few beings who could truly keep up with her – the new king of Asgard, who just so happens to be the badass and beautiful Valkyrie?
It’s a stretch given the realities of MCU pacing and Carol’s prominence, but if Marvel wanted to get Carol on the big screen again before her sequel actually hits, this could be a way to still make a splash.
Thundra might be a big ol’ record scratch for you non-deep cut Friends of Ol’ Marvel, but to those of us in the know, the (totally speculative, not based on anything) idea of inclusion in Blood and Thunder would be bit of a galaxy brain moment (remember that meme?).
An extra-dimensional warrior from a future world where women rule all, Thundra is an old enemy/ally of the Fantastic Four, and she’s got ties to Valkyrie as well from her time as part of the short-lived Lady Liberators.
Thundra might be the longest of long shots – her connections to the Thor mythos are tenuous at best, not that that’s usually stopped Marvel – but with Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness potentially setting the stage for visiting alt-realities, Thundra could be an interesting piece of a larger puzzle if implemented properly in the plot (remember that FF connection we mentioned? Hmm...).
The idea that a villain could court Valkyrie as a way to take the throne of New Asgard would simply be following the tradition set by Loki with a new nemesis – one geared specifically toward the Asgardian warrior queen.
To that end, why not Enchantress? Sure, Hela filled some of her villainous role alongside Enchantress’ usual companion Skurge in Ragnarok, but Enchantress is just about the biggest Thor villain not in a movie yet.
And with a slightly shifted focus to Valkyrie, Enchantress could even follow her occasional comic book guise as a mortal trying to invade Asgard through magic – something that might play well as a counterpoint to Jane Foster becoming Thor.
If Blood and Thunder writer/director Taika Waititi is gonna embrace the pre-Ragnarok supporting cast by bringing back Natalie Portman as a franchise co-lead, why not go all the way and bring back irascible assistant Kat Dennings’ Darcy along with her?
Darcy is something of a minor fan favorite that MCU followers would love to catch up with - but maybe even more importantly, she seems to fit Waititi's quirky/comedic sensibilities like a glove.
With Jane becoming the Goddess of Thunder with quite possibly rekindling her romance with Thor, that would leave a big 'Asgardian monarch romantically involved with human mortal' gap to fill and who better to fill it than Darcy, bringing the dynamic full circle.
Plus, we can imagine a scenario where Darcy’s expertise in Jane Foster’s research plays a key role in the plot, perhaps helping Valkyrie track Chris Hemsworth’s Thor Odinson in space – providing plenty of room for romance to blossom along the way.
Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to hit theaters November 5, 2021.