After the media decided to take Marvel executives to task for not having enough LGBTQIA representation in their live-action films, Marvel Studios runner Kevin Feige was pressured into confirming that there will be more out and about characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a means of attempting to assuage the Rainbow Reich.
Speaking with The Playlist, the outlet practically coerced Feige into confirming that LGBTQ heroes or heroines will be featured in upcoming movies after they complained that Ant-Man and The Wasp didn’t feature any flamboyantly gay characters, with the outlet writing….
“The context for the interview was for “Ant-Man and the Wasp” where despite the film’s San Francisco setting there isn’t a gay character to be found (it should be noted it is technically the studio’s first film with a female lead in the title). With Pride month in full effect, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to ask the Feige when its LGBTQ+ fans would get to see themselves represented on screen”
They proceeded to pepper Feige with questions about heroes or heroines who would be out and flaunting their homosexuality on-screen. The exact exchange went as follows:
“The Playlist: When are we getting a Gay, Bi, LGBTQ, out character in the MCU? Is it even in the works?
Kevin Feige: Yes.
The Playlist: That’s the answer?
Kevin Feige: Yeah, that’s the answer.
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.”
The one character that The Playlist assumes was already confirmed as LGBTQ was Tessa Thompson’s character in Thor: Ragnarok, where the actress confirmed via social media that the character was supposed to be a bisexual lesbian of sorts.
The other character who is LGBTQ hasn’t been put to film yet, so it’s going to be someone in either Spider-Man: Far From Home or Captain Marvel. Given the fact that Carol Danvers is portrayed as extra-masculine in the comic books of Captain Marvel, it wouldn’t be entirely shocking if she was the first out and about lesbian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Comic book fans have long held the belief that this newer Captain Marvel has all the trademark trappings of a lesbian in everything but name. The question is: would Marvel be so bold as to make their leading lady heroine bite the sociopolitical bullet and munch on the carpet of social justice?
I guess we’ll find out who the LGBTQ character is within the next few Marvel films that make their way into theaters. The real test will be whether or not the character is explicitly gay or if their homosexual character trait is little more than background noise.