Diversity is something that is (rightfully) being pushed harder in Hollywood now more than ever. Marvel Studios, who faced controversy in the past for their lack of diverse characters, has begun to make a hard push in the right direction. Beginning with Black Panther and continuing with Captain Marvel, the studio’s first female-led superhero film, it would seem that Marvel is finally taking strides towards a more inclusive film universe. While People of Color have increasingly been given the spotlight, one aspect of the Marvel Universe that’s been missing has been an LGBTQ2+ hero or heroine. A head scratching omission as they have been part of Marvel Comics for decades. In a recent interview however, all of that seems to be changing.
Kevin Feige sat down with The Playlist where he was asked about the MCU’s inclusion about LGBTQ2+ characters. Here’s what Feige had to say:
When are we getting a Gay, Bi, LGBTQ, out character in the MCU? Is it even in the works?
Kevin Feige: Yes.
That’s the answer?
Kevin Feige: Yeah, that’s the answer.
It’s not someone we’ve seen yet, I’m guessing?
Kevin Feige: Both.
Kevin Feige: Both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen.
The interview was specifically about Ant-Man and the Wasp where despite the film’s San Francisco setting there isn’t a gay character to be found. With Gay Pride month in full effect, the interviewer took the opportunity to ask the Feige when its LGBTQ+ fans would get to see themselves represented on screen.
That last answer likely confirms Tessa Thompson’s revelation that Valkyrie from Thor: Ragnarok was bisexual, something director Taika Waititi confirmed was cut from the final film.
Feige did not elaborate on who the second character would be and we can’t exactly pin point where either as Marvel has released little to no info on upcoming films such as Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Far From Home or any phase 4 films that still have to be confirmed. As that next installment Avengers in May perhaps fans will have something or someone to celebrate for next year’s Gay Pride month.