Marvel’s Valkyrie used to be the strong, sexy, Norse-themed warrior who fought for Asgard. She was the straight, white female that was not too dissimilar from the original Angela character, another sexy female warrior who was conscripted into the Marvel universe only to get turned into a strong, female lesbian. However, with writer Saladin Ahmed at the helm of Marvel’s EXILES, they decided to reinterpret Valkyrie as a strong, black, queer, tankard.
In a piece published over on Adventures In Poor Taste, there’s a quote from Ahmed who stated…
the EXILES version of Valkyrie is a bit different from what we’ve seen in comics thus far. Our Valkyrie is known as the Lone Defender of Asgard, and she’s a tankard-draining, maiden-wooing, giant-slaying thunderbolt of a woman. Though she’s not technically from the Marvel Cinematic Universe reality, she’s basically the literalization of the larger-than-her-physical-frame swagger that Tessa Thompson displayed in THOR: RAGNAROK, turned up to 11.”
They decided to not only over time turn Valkyrie into a lesbian – which happened back before she had the race-swap – but now they’ve decided to turn her into a black lesbian… which has fast become a trope of the Social Justice community for knocking off several token checks on a single list.
So far, Arkane Studios is still the one who takes the cake, having not only managed to make the lead of Dishonored: Death to the Outsider a black female, but she was a black, lesbian, disabled, cyborg female. That’s not even a joke.
The only thing that Billie Lurk was missing from the list of oppressive traits that would have fulfilled almost every single token characteristic on the progressive stack was “trans”.
In this case, however, Marvel is reinventing the old character, who originally used to look like this…
To now she look like this…
As is typical we these kind of announcements, Social Justice Twitter is praising Ahmed and Marvel to the high heavens.
Thank you. This means so much to the PoC nerd community
— Vza V. Complex (@ValerieComplex) January 8, 2018
— Wil Moss (@Wil_Moss) January 8, 2018
— The Mary Sue (@TheMarySue) January 8, 2018
Others were hoping that her queerness was more of a focal point than what was intended – but ultimately scrapped – for the movie Thor: Ragnarok.
I hope she’ll be explicitly bi. I hear the movie passed up an opportunity to make her so, which saddens me.
— Apologetic Canuck (@gfortin_05) January 8, 2018
Others were happy that the original Valkyrie was turned into an immigrant, as it helped them to solidify their own beliefs about immigration laws.
You just made my day. The only thing I love more than seeing a favorite character is when that character is a canon immigrant.
— Rjr (@RJRainer) January 8, 2018
Marvel seems to be stepping back into their SJW ways, even though it looked like the new editor-in-chief, C.B. Cebulski, was cleaning house of the kind of comics that buried Marvel’s sales deeper than Finn Balor’s push.
In fact, just recently Marvel announced cancellations for a number of their SJW-themed comic books, clearly setting up their slate to offer more traditional comic books and hopefully win back some of the fans who actually buy comic books. However, with this move – still courting the never-profitable SJW demographic – it seems as if Marvel is trying once more for the diversity demographic with EXILES.
Valkyrie, meanwhile, went from being a scantily clad Asgardian locking lips with Thor…
To being the typical male-with-mammaries locking lips with ladies.
While Marvel’s previous efforts to push the Liberal agenda have failed since taking center stage back in 2012, it appears Marvel is going to give it one more push with Saladin Ahmed at the writer’s helm, and a flock of SJW virtue signalers with thousands of Twitter bots to keep the momentum going while the physical shipments will likely follow in the exact same footsteps as Marvel’s previous efforts.
After the comic execs acknowledged the poor sales, one would have thought that further pursuits of such sociopolitical trifles would have been abrogated like a fleeting afterthought.
Marvel’s EXILES arrives in stores April 11th, 2018.