Marvel Studios may finally be ready to reveal LGBTQ characters exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During a press interview with The Playlist for Ant-Man and the Wasp, President Kevin Feige confirmed there are plans to introduce not one, but two LGBTQ characters in the MCU, with one being an established character, and the other a person not yet seen on the big screen.
When asked if LGBTQ characters were in the works, Feige replied with a simple, “Yes.” When pressed if the character is someone we’ve seen before, he added, “Both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen.”
The established character Feige is referring to could possibly be Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie from Thor: Ragnarok. Though it wasn’t obvious from the film, Thompson confirmed Valkyrie’s sexuality while responding to a fan exchange on Twitter. “She’s bi,” Thompson wrote. “And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play!”
Feige had previously said he expected the introduction of an LGBT character by 2025, while, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer/director James Gunn suggested they might already exist in the MCU.
“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,” he said in May 2017. “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.”
As for who the new character could be, the remaining Phase 3 films where a debut could take place are Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel and Avengers 4. The only confirmed films for Phase 4 are the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, which recently had its titled spoiled this weekend by Tom Holland as Spider-Man: Far From Home, only for Feige to then confirm its accuracy, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3.
Other future MCU plans include an Eternals movie, a sequel to Black Panther and a Black Widow film, so Marvel Studios will have plenty of opportunities to make good on their promise and diversify its cast of heroes and villains moving forward.
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