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Russos Say Chances Of Marvel Movies Adding LGBT Characters Are “Strong”

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Russos Say Chances Of Marvel Movies Adding LGBT Characters Are “Strong”

“Captain America: Civil War” will be the 13th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and directors Joe and Anthony Russo are back behind the camera following 2014’s “Captain America: Winter Soldier.” While speaking with Collider, the directors were asked about one area that the Marvel films have yet to touch upon — the LGBT community.

“I think the chances are strong,” said Joe Russo when asked if he thinks Marvel will add LGBT characters to its big screen casts. “I mean, it’s incumbent upon us as storytellers who are making mass-appeal movies to make mass-appeal movies, and to diversify as much as possible. It’s sad in the way that Hollywood lags behind other industries so significantly — one because you think that it would be a progressive industry, and two it’s such a visible industry. So I think it’s important that on all fronts we keep pushing for diversification because then the storytelling becomes more interesting, more rich, and more truthful.”

Marvel has introduced gay and lesbian characters into its television shows, like “Jessica Jones'” Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” Joey Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba). Representation in the feature films, however, has been harder to find. Some have theorized that this is because of the less-inclusive attitudes towards the community in international markets like China and Russia.

But Anthony Russo believes that the success of Marvel’s films worldwide will allow the studio to broaden its content. “I think this is a philosophy of Marvel, in success it becomes easier to take risks,” added Anthony Russo. “There’s a lot of unconventional ideas in ‘Civil War’ in terms of what people’s expectations of a superhero movie are, but I think we were able to do that because ‘Winter Soldier’ worked and Marvel’s been working in general, so there’s more of a boldness in terms of what you can try and where you can go. So I think that’s very hopeful for all of us moving forward that bolder and bolder choices can be made.”

While Marvel’s solo films have to date starred white men (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Ant-Man), 2018’s “Black Panther” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” as well as 2019’s “Captain Marvel” will include the studios first non-white and non-male leads.

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