Thor, aka The God of Thunder, was always one of the most popular Marvel Comics characters due to an awesome backstory, outstanding power, and hilarious humor. But, after Chris Hemsworth’s portrayal of Thor in the MCU, the Asgardian’s popularity skyrocketed into mainstream pop culture.
Now, Thor’s best female friend, Valkyrie, was confirmed to be bisexual in both the comics and the MCU, and one particular scene from Thor: Love and Thunder sparked some conversation about Thor’s queerness, as well. So, is Thor canonically gay, straight, or bisexual?
Well, the character is usually portrayed straight in all media, though we’ve learned already that the writers have the freedom to change narratives when they fit. So, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a queer God of Thunder in the future, or at least some version of him. Let’s check out what Marvel canon says.
Is Thor Canonically Gay, Straight, Or Bisexual In Marvel Comics?
Canonically, Thor was never portrayed as gay or bisexual in the comics. He was always portrayed as a straight man, but his focus was much more battle-oriented rather than being a lover boy, let alone a father, although he did eventually have children.
Throughout his comic book history, Thor has had several lovers and love interests, such as Sif, Enchantress, Valkyrie, Shawna Lynde, Bloodaxe, Lorelei, and even Jen Walters, aka She-Hulk. Yeah, I’m rooting for those two to hook up in the MCU now that Jane Foster passed away and told Thor to “keep his heart open.”
We know that Thor will return to the MCU, so perhaps it would be a cool avenue to explore, especially knowing how brotherly-tight Thor is with Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, aka Jennifer’s cousin. But I’m digressing.
Yes, you’ve read that right, too. Thor was with Valkyrie for a while in the comics, too. The narrative changed in the MCU, but in both versions, Val is canonically bisexual, so it wasn’t out of the picture, per se.
But, of course, in the MCU, just like in the comics, Thor’s biggest love was none other than Jane Foster, who later became The Mighty Thor. Unfortunately, the comic book Jane shared the same fate as the Natalie Portman version in the MCU, so Thor had to move on himself.
Is Thor Gay, Straight, Or Bisexual In The MCU?
In the MCU, Thor is straight, just like in the comics. Even if you consider Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor, The God of Thunder is still straight, as they were actually each other’s love interest throughout the MCU. MCU Thor never explicitly stated his sexuality, but he also never flirted or had any inclinations toward other male characters in the films.
Well, unless you count that hilarious scene from Thor: Love and Thunder that sparked this conversation in the first place. There was a scene in the trailer, and the movie, where Peter Quill and Thor share an odd, funny moment.
Star-Lord is just talking about important it is to keep your heart open and to know who you can count on. He looks at the Guardians of the Galaxy team and says, “Just look into the eyes of the people that love you,” to which Thor slowly, awkwardly moves into his line of sight, indicating that he, in fact, loves Peter.
Quill dismisses him, saying, “not me,” to which Thor, yet again awkwardly, says, “What? Just listening.” It was a hilarious moment that some fans interpreted as proof that Thor is gay, or at least bisexual, in the film. The truth is, it was just a funny, friendly moment between the two, with no sexual inclinations whatsoever, as we later saw when the movie came out.
Other than that, MCU Thor has only ever been interested in Jane Foster. He was so in love that he counted exactly how many days had passed since they had last seen each other. After their breakup, he said to have closed his heart to anybody after her because it just hurt him too much. Yup, Odinson is actually a big softy.
Again, we’ll see what the writers have in store for Chris Hemsworth’s Thor in the future of the MCU, but for now, this version of the God of Thunder is considered straight.
Are There Any Gay Or Bisexual Characters Around Thor?
Even if Thor himself is considered straight, there are many characters closely around him that represent the LGBTQ community in both the comics and the MCU.
For instance, Valkyrie was canonically bisexual in the comics, having dated Thor at one point and numerous women before and after that. In the MCU, Val was said to be “in search for her Queen” and was confirmed to be queer.
It’s unclear if she’s bisexual like in the comics or explicitly gay, but the actress portraying her, Tessa Thompson, confirmed to Variety that MCU Val is also bi:
“In the canon, yeah, she is bisexual. “You see her with both women and men, so that was my intention in playing her.”
Also, Thor’s best buddy Korg, was gay in the comics, as his entire race is. And, he was finally confirmed to be gay in an adorable reveal during Thor: Love and Thunder. Korg’s body regrew, and he met a nice Kronan fellow with a thick mustache named Dwayne, and the two held hands in lava to make a new Kronan rock kid together.
Finally, even Thor’s brother, Loki, is known as gender-fluid, bisexual, or even pansexual in the comics. He had dated numerous men and women. One time, he even turned into a female horse, had sex with a stallion, and gave birth to a mare. In the MCU, he isn’t as hardcore but did confirm to be bisexual to himself – well, to a Loki variant, Sylvie, in Loki Season 1.