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Welp, the fan push for Captain Marvel and Valkyrie to get together in Thor 4 may have backfired. Maybe not, but it doesn't take much to read between the lines of Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi's new interview. In fact, he even issued a warning for all Marvel fans to basically keep their theories on the DL or Marvel may do the opposite just to avoid fan service/retain surprises.
As you probably know, Valkyrie actress Tessa Thompson and Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson are friends in real life. Thor: Ragnarok almost had a scene confirming Valkyrie's bisexuality, and since Carol Danvers didn't get a love interest in Captain Marvel, her sexuality was left a question mark. Fans have been shipping Valkyrie and Captain Marvel together, and the actresses have welcomed the idea. Captain Marvel's directors also said they'd also like to see Carol and Valkyrie team up.
During Comic-Con, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirmed Thor: Love and Thunder will have an LGBTQ storyline. Tessa Thompson quipped that as the new "king" of Asgard, Valkyrie needed to find her queen. Thompson said that would be the first order of business, adding that Valkyrie had "some ideas." That led many fans to hope one of those ideas included Captain Marvel.
So Wired brought all of that up to Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi in a new interview, saying he could melt the internet by making that Valkyrie/Captain Marvel team-up a reality. That's when, per Wired, Waititi said he had seen the chatter on Twitter but may not want it to be in Thor 4.
Here's what Taika Waititi said after being asked about the pairing, making a larger point to warn Marvel fans:
The thing is, I think it's dangerous for people to say too much about what they want with Marvel, because then they will tend to go the other way. You want to listen to the fans to a point. But also you don't want to have a completely fan-made film because then it doesn't feel like there's any point. You want to have people surprised.
Fair enough. Sometimes fans mention what they want because it makes sense for the characters -- which is how plenty of theories turn out to be true, since they're just logical next steps in an arc. That may be the case for Valkyrie and Captain Marvel, it's not like Taika Waititi shut the door hard, he just fired a warning shot. But "fan service" can often come across as forced and pandering, and you should never cater to the loudest voices in any room. Let Marvel's writers do their jobs.
But! While that may sound like good news to anyone who didn't want to see a Valkyrie/Captain Marvel team-up, it's also a message to ALL Marvel fans to not just be careful what they wish for, but maybe don't be so vocal with what they wish for.
It's interesting to think of past storylines Marvel might've put the kibosh on because fans wanted it so much it started looking like obvious fan service. (Probably not that mashed potatoes scene.)
So far, it's not looking good for Captain Marvel and Valkyrie in Thor: Love and Thunder, but maybe if fans stop expecting them to get together, that's when it will happen. Or not. Either way, Thor 4 is meant to be even crazier than Thor: Ragnarok. Love and Thunder -- which will feature both Thors but only possibly Fat Thor -- doesn't even start filming until next spring/summer ahead of its release November 5, 2021.