Twilight star Kristen Stewart and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's Anthony Mackie and are set to work together on Seberg, a project from Amazon Studios exploring the life of movie star Jean Seberg, who was extensively targeted by the FBI in the '60s and '70s. During an interview in support of the project, Mackie jokingly suggested Stewart should play a "gay female Falcon Captain America” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Earlier this month Stewart revealed she'd been told that, if she hid her sexuality, she could potentially land a Marvel movie. In the interview, which was with Variety, Stewart addressed her earlier comments, saying Marvel was only example illustrating what was otherwise "literally just a big conglomerate-y type thing."
With a laugh, she added, "I’m sure they would love to hire the gay kids to be superheroes.” Mackie continued the joke, saying, “It’s been a really wonderful, eye-opening experience to where I’ve been able to work with many... gay kids.”
Mackie was then asked what superhero Stewart could play, to which he responded, "That's a very good question." Stewart interrupted, saying, "A gay one!"
The possibility of Stewart playing a gay superhero in Falcon and Winter Soldier was brought up, and Mackie jokingly replied, “I think [Stewart] should be the gay female Falcon Captain America.” Stewart reacted to this by posing like a superhero.
Stewart, who has dated both men and women, says she doesn't identify as heterosexual, bisexual or as a lesbian. "I just think we’re all kind of getting to a place where – I don’t know, evolution’s a weird thing – we’re all becoming incredibly ambiguous." Her first major acting role was in 2002's Panic Room. Her career then took off in 2008 when she began playing Bella Swan in the Twilight Saga. The actor's next major role is in the upcoming Charlie's Angels film.
An gay superhero in the MCU has already been confirmed for the upcoming Eternals movie, though who exactly the character will be is unknown at this time. He's said to be married with a family and children. Marvel's Netflix and Hulu series have also featured several prominent LGBTQ characters.
Directed by Kari Skogland, Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell and Daniel Brühl and will be available on Disney+. The series will hit the streaming service in Fall 2020.