One of the biggest complaints from comic book fans over the past few years is the lack of diversity within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Prior to the 2014 announcement that the company would be making “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel,” the studio had famously only cast straight while male leads in its films. Not only have fans seen more diversity in the lead actors on the Marvel television shows, but they’ve also offered us our first LBGTQ couples in the Cinematic Universe — most notably with “Jessica Jones” and the upcoming “The Runaways” and “New Warriors.” However, according to “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” director James Gun (via The Guardian), we may very well have a LBGTQ character in the films without knowing it.
While talking about the possibility of having a gay character in the Marvel films, Gunn revealed that he believes there could be a gay character — or even a bisexual character — that we don’t know about as of right now.
“You know, somebody asked me, ‘Will there be any gay characters in Marvel movies?’ and what I meant was there’s a lot of characters in the MCU and very few of them that we’ve delved into what their sexuality is. Whether it’s guy or straight or bisexual, we don’t really know. Um, so I imagine that there are probably, you know, gay characters in the Marvel universe, you know, we just don’t know who they are yet.”
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe set to see a massive overhaul going forward as Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther become mainstays within the MCU, it’s entirely possible that we’ll see more openly LBGTQ characters within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Next up for Gunn is “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” The film stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Kurt Russell as Ego. “Vol. 2” will hit theaters this Friday, May 5th.