Marvel To Introduce Two LGBTQ Characters
Life in the Marvel Universe just got a bit more prideful if you catch my drift.
According to the studio’s president Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios will introduce two LGBTQ characters in upcoming films. This comes after Tessa Thompson, the actress who plays Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, announced that her character was bisexual.
In an interview with The Playlist, Feige was asked if there would be any outed LGBTQ characters in future Marvel films.
Feige delightfully responded with “Yes, yeah that’s the answer! Both characters you have seen and ones you haven’t seen.”
In a Twitter thread posted last October, Thompson had confirmed that her character Valkyrie was bisexual meaning that her role is attracted to both genders. Thor: Ragnarok director confirmed Valkyrie’s sexuality to be true. Nonetheless, they cut it from the movie before its release last November.
Marvel has been flimsy when it comes to having LGBTQ characters.
The LGBTQ community criticized the critically acclaimed Black Panther for not depicting Okoye and Aneka, the two female bodyguards, as lovers. Fans were excited to see some form of queer representation. Although, it was cut short when a Marvel spokesman said that the two characters relationship was “not a romantic one.”
As to when we will see the LGBTQ characters in future films is up in the air.
Anticipating films such as Ant-Man and The Wasp have already confirmed that there would be no LGBTQ characters. However, movies such as Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home remain options. As well as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
A LGBTQ character would mean great representation to the LGBTQ community in a fandom as great as the Marvel Universe. It would make for great storylines, and even that characters own solo film to which it would build great buzz.
I applaud Marvel studios for taking the step forward to introduce characters that, in the eyes of LGBTQ people, can represent their community in a significant way.
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