Marvel To Introduce More LGBT Characters This Decade

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Film
Published 02.01.20

LGBT characters will be joining the MCU more and more this decade, as Disney plan to broaden their horizons and be more all-encompassing.

A lot is always said about how Disney plan to show some sort of LGBT act in their next big film, everyone on the set and the cast has something to say about how bold and forward-thinking it’s going to be and then when it comes to it, there’s a small kiss between two very tertiary characters that lasts roughly three frames.

Everyone gets annoyed, either because it was inclusive or it wasn’t inclusive enough and then for the next big film, we’re told there’s going to be a proper bit of LGBT acknowledgement. The Rise of Skywalker did it, and people were pissed off about that one too.

It was a blink-and-you-miss-it moment as after the titular star war, two women who we’d briefly seen before share a kiss that was cut out in Singapore. Very brave, Disney. Before that it was one of the directors playing a gay man in a counselling session at the beginning of Endgame, and before then was Josh Gad in Beauty and Beast having a “very gay” moment that no-one noticed.

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Now though, Marvel plan to change things as Kevin Feige – head of Marvel Studios – revealed the wheels are in motion for that area of storytelling.

At a Q&A event at the New York Film Academy, Feige was quizzed as to whether the new take will herald to introduction to more gay – and specifically trans – characters, to which he replied:

Yes. Absolutely, yes. And very soon, and in a movie that we’re shooting right now, yes.”

He was then asked about diversity in his films in general, and whether Marvel would build on the success of Black Panther and Captain Marvel. He answered:

It was always the plan for us. Every time we do a movie, we hope it’s going to succeed so that we can make another movie. That’s always the idea.

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And with those two films in particular – Black Panther and Captain Marvel – we wanted to keep showcasing heroes from the comics that represent the world that goes to see our movies.

So our intention was always to continue to do that. What’s exciting is that both those movies were such big hits that it squashed any sort of question otherwise.

And I hope, and I think, it inspired other companies around the world to do the same thing, and tell those different types of stories.”

Word is that there will be an openly gay character in the upcoming Eternals, as well as Marvel apparently issuing a casting call back in July last year for a trans woman in her twenties or thirties.

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The rumours surrounding this particular casting call is that its for the role of Sera, Marvel’s only existing trans woman superhero. The speculation is that she could be in a relationship with Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie.

Only time or Disney leaks will tell.

Images via Disney, Getty

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