It sure is Monday and this sure is your first Pop Culture Fix of the week!
+ Tessa Thompson joined Ramy Youssef for an Actors on Actors conversation last week at Variety. On the MCU (which is the most headline-worthy quote, but not the best part of her interview by far, so go watch it!):
The truth is these movies travel globally in such huge ways, and if you can represent people that are of color, if you can represent people with disabilities, if you can represent the LGBTQIA community inside of these films, it’s a pretty big deal. I think it’s really important for everybody, but for young people especially, to be able to show up to those movies and see projections of themselves. So I’m really excited that we’re able to continue to push the bounds of that and that I’m able to do that with Valkyrie. Because there’s so many cool queer characters in the comic books, and they should have a place on screen.
+ I started watching Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeats this weekend after Valerie and multiple commenters told me how good it is, and dang y’all were all right! And just in time, Shannon Miller over at the A.V. Club: Kipo’s Benson is leading the next wave of queer representation in youth animation.
+ From Emily VanDerWerff at Vox: Midsommar has a deeply trans narrative hiding in plain sight.
+ Leo Baker, a gender-queer non-binary professional skateboarder, will be in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, making them the first trans athlete to be depicted in a video game.