Thor: Ragnarok will feature the first gay character in a Marvel movie

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It’s about time…

Here at Gay Times we couldn’t be more excited about the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next instalment Thor: Ragnarok because, well, Chris Hemsworth – but now we have yet another reason to look forward to it.

It has been confirmed that Korg, a member of an alliance of aliens called the Warbound, will bump into Thor while he’s held captive on planet Sakaar in the movie.

As we’ve already seen from the trailer, Thor will battle his old chum The Hulk on the distant planet in order to save Asgard.

This plot element has been lifted from the Planet Hulk storyline, which ran through the comic series in the mid-2000s.

Within that story, it was revealed that Korg was in a gay relationship with another member of the Warbound called Hiroim, according to NewNowNext.

What’s more, Korg will be portrayed on screen by none other than the movie’s director, Takia Waititi.

“We wanted to change the idea of what a hulking guy made of rocks could be. He’s huge and heavy, but with a light soul,” he previously said of the role.

“We wanted to make him funny and a relatable entry point into this world. And Thor needs friends.”

Whether Korg’s sexuality will even be mentioned in the movie remains to be seen, but it seems to be the perfect opportunity for a Marvel movie to at least nod towards an LGBT+ character.

Of course, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had LGBT+ characters represented before in its television offerings, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Jessica Jones.

Thor: Ragnarok will also star Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk and Cate Blanchett as death itself, Hel.

It will be in cinemas on 27 October.

Related: Feeling Thorsty? Here’s Chris Hemsworth bulging in all the right places

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