Marvel Boss Teases Out LGBTQ Characters To Join MCU
Kevin Feige said we should expect characters we've seen and some new faces could be part of the LGBTQ community.
While Marvel and DC always make huge amounts of money at the box office their early films were overly heterosexual, male and white.
When Warner Bros. released Wonder Woman execs were shocked to find out that women actually do want to see themselves represented on the big screen.
When Disney released Black Panther they realised -- hey, maybe every leading character SHOULDN'T be played by a white actor named Chris.
The successes of these films broadening out representation on mainstream blockbusters has been amazing, but it also emphasises just how little LGBTQ representation there is in the current comic book universes onscreen.
Then there were rumours on rumours that a Marvel film would feature a queer character but the studio never delivered.
During an interview with The Playlist Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said that was all going to change, promising out LGBTQ characters in upcoming films.
The Playlist: It’s not someone we’ve seen yet, I’m guessing?
Kevin Feige: Both.
The Playlist: Both?
Kevin Feige: Both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen.
More than likely one of the characters we've already seen would be Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie, who we first met in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok.
Thompson reportedly convinced director Taika Waititi to include a sequence featuring a woman walking out of Valkyrie's bedroom, however the scene ended up being cut for distracting from the overall exposition.
Valkyrie's queerness was therefore suggested, seeing her fellow warriors being slain by Cate Blanchett's Hela, Goddess of Death. More than just gal pals!
Disney has come under fire in the past for promising similar representation, with their highly publicised "exclusively gay" moment in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, a film which featured a gay moment so sterile you could have more erotic interaction peeling off a lengthy strip of wallpaper.
Other blockbusters like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom have cut queer characters for the sake of time, where a deleted scene revealed a character was gay again found itself on the cutting room floor in lieu of Chris Pratt building a log cabin.
LGBTQ representation within comics has been around for years, with several prominent characters in both Marvel and DC coming out. Across DC and Marvel, neither have featured any explicitly non-heterosexual characters within their respective cinematic universes so far.
Recently Deadpool 2 featured Negasonic Teenage Warhead in a relationship with another young mutant, Yukio. This marked the first ever explicitly queer character in superhero films however because Deadpool is owned by 20th Century Fox, it doesn't explicitly fall into the official Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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