The #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend hastag took Twitter by storm yesterday, as countless fans sounded off with pleas for a Steve Rogers-Bucky Barnes relationship, that they feel was possibly hinted at over the course of the "Captain America" films. Now the pro-LGBT rights media monitoring organization GLAAD has spoken up about the phenomenon, sounding off with full support for the initiative.
"It's getting increasingly difficult to ignore that LGBT people remain almost completely shut out of Hollywood's big budget comic films that have dominated the box office over the past couple of years," GLAAD exec Megan Townsend told the Associated Press (via USA Today).
Addressing the studios, she added, "They really do have an opportunity."
USA Today notes that Townsend "...pointed out that there are LGBT characters in Marvel's source comics and in television adaptations," but said she called for, "...established characters to have backstories built out that we weren't aware of."
When asked about the possibility of Cap being attracted to Bucky, actor Chris Evans seemed open to the idea, but admitted that he didn't read the material that way (via TheFlickeringMyth): "That wouldn't be so bad. It's just never been part of my approach to the character. My subtext didn't involve that dynamic. I think even with the first Captain America film you see how drawn he is to Peggy Carter...I thought I put all that in the final scene, but maybe I didn't. Maybe I was just gazing at Sebastian too much."
Captain America is set to appear next in "Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1," hitting theaters on May 4, 2018.