Pop Culture Fix: “The Marvels” Allegedly Cut a Scene Confirming Valkyrie and Captain Marvel’s Lesbian Relationship, As The MCU Is Wont To Do

“The Marvels” Maybe Cut a Lesbian Scene… Again

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Allegedly, a scene confirming what felt to many queer viewers like an implied lesbian relationship between Captain Marvel and Valkyrie was cut from The MarvelsIn this scene, it was apparently expressed that “Captain Marvel and Valkyrie had a past relationship because one of them says to the other, “we work better as friends.”

For what it’s worth, our in-house Marvel expert, Dr. Carmen Phillips says she actually prefers the final cut of The Marvels to the possibility of seeing this scene that got cut.

“I’d prefer to think of them as continued friends with benefits,” she told me directly and exclusively. “If they told me Valkyrie and Carol dated and broke up OFF SCREEN, after Valkyrie’s first girlfriend also died OFF SCREEN — I would’ve had an aneurysm. I do want confirmation, but that would’ve been a painful choice to do it.”

This is a fairly routine set of circumstances for a Marvel movie release at this point. BothThor: Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder failed to acknowledge Valkyrie’s bisexuality sufficiently (it was cut altogether from Ragnarok, and poorly handled in Love and Thunder). Wakanda Forever also cut a kiss on the lips between Ayo and Aneka — instead the film just showed a forehead kiss. A queer scene was also rumored to have been cut from the first Black Panther film. The arc of the marvel universe is long, but maybe eventually one day it’ll bend towards queerness.

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  1. Honestly that scene between Valkyrie and Captain Marvel was so random and out of place. When did they ever interact let alone become close enough for prolonged hugs and kisses? It was all very peculiar and felt like Marvel was throwing scraps to its queer audiences. Said audience and these characters deserve better.

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