It looks like the Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally going to get some LGBTQ representation.
Stephen Broussard, a producer who’s worked on a series of MCU movies including Captain America: The First Avenger and Ant-Man And The Wasp, was recently asked by Den Of Geek about the possibility of LGBTQ characters in future movies.
“For sure, you will see that. I know it can be frustrating if you’re part of a group that wants to see more representation and the answer is always ‘stay tuned’ – I can imagine that that’s frustrating,” he said.
“But that is happening behind the scenes, you’re going to be seeing that more and more. Representation across individual groups in the years ahead.”
Stephen’s comments echo those of Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who recently confirmed to The Playlist that there will soon be at least two LGBTQ characters in future movies, one of whom is likely to be Valkyrie.
Marvel has long faced criticism for the lack of minority representation in its movies, and while it made steps to introduce diversity with the critically-acclaimed Black Panther and upcoming Captain Marvel, LGBTQ characters remains non-existent.
Historically, big-budget superhero movies have chosen to tone down or completely erase queerness from their characters, likely because some of the world’s biggest entertainment markets (including China) don’t allow LGBTQ representation on screen.
Last year, Tessa Thompson revealed she filmed a scene for Thor: Ragnarok which confirmed her character Valkyrie’s bisexuality, but it was later cut. Similarly, a same-sex romance was removed from the final edit of Black Panther.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the studio keeps its promise to introduce LGBTQ representation to their movies.
Marvel’s comics, meanwhile, continue to provide plenty of LGBTQ representation. Back in 2012, Northstar entered into a same-sex marriage with his partner Kyle, and last year Iceman had his first gay kiss with a glorious full-page illustration.
In a recent issue of X-Men: Gold, Bobby Drake (Iceman) was seen discussing his hook-up with Simon Lasker (Pyro).