In most superhero origin stories, it's typical for the hero to have a love interest. However, this is something Captain Marvel opted against -- not even bothering to truly explore her sexuality within the story. So, what was the reason behind this? According to one of the film's producers, the story simply didn't call for it.
During the Captain Marvel panel at the espnW Summit in New York City on Wednesday, Mary Livanos, producer and Marvel Studios director of production and development, briefly discussed the reasoning behind not exploring Carol's sexuality in her solo film.
"Speaking to Captain Marvel, in that installment, that was a movie about self-discovery and Carol re-finding herself. So, in executing the film, we felt there wasn’t room in the narrative to tell that story," Livanos explained.
Given her appearance in Avengers: Endgame was limited, as the film focused mainly on finishing the stories for the original six Avengers, Carol's sexuality was never addressed in that film, either. However, this will probably change in future films. And given Brie Larson's comments regarding diversity on the big screen and Marvel needing to "move faster," it wouldn't be surprising if the films opted to go against the Danvers and James Rhodey relationship in the comics in favor of making Carol an LGBTQ character in the films.
It's of note that Marvel Studios has stated its plans to reveal one of its current heroes as gay in a future film, and most fans are betting on that character either being Captain Marvel or Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie, another Marvel character who hasn't had a true romance story on the big screen just yet, though small hints have been suggested.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence. The movie is in theaters now.