You may have noticed the internet becoming particularly rainbow-hued over the past week, and unless you've been hiding under a rock, you'll know why. In a landmark victory, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages were legal in all states, and that marriage equality is protected under the 14th amendment. The world is celebrating, and at the same time wondering what the next leap forward will be for the LGBTQ community.
A big question on the lips of superhero fans is when we will be seeing LGBTQ characters on the big screen. There are plenty of characters who fit the description in the comics, with more diversity coming to comic books every day. Just recently, Bobby "Iceman" Drake came out as gay, and Catwoman was revealed to be bisexual. There are also many famous characters who have always been openly LGBTQ - Batwoman being possibly the best known, although various wiki sources have the total number well above 100.
We've also already seen a few LGBTQ characters in comic book TV, especially in CW's Arrow (Sara Lance and Nyssa Al Ghul) and in Gotham (where Barbara Gordon has had relationships with both men and women, although there is no explicit mention of how she identifies).
It seems long overdue to see some more diversity in sexual orientation on the big screen, but happily, Collider reports that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to get there (relatively) soon. In an interview with Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, Collider asked whether there would be a chance of seeing an LGBTQ character in the MCU, and while he didn't guarantee it, or reveal that anything was already in the works, he was confident that it will happen.
"Within the next decade? I would think so, for sure."
He goes on to explain why it might take quite so long to see this happen, referring to using the comics as inspiration for the films, and the time it takes for an event to move from comic book to film.
"The comics always make the path that we get to have the fun of saying, ‘Yeah let’s choose this way or let’s choose this way’ and I think there are a lot of cool things happening in the comics now that—it’s usually a five to ten-year cycle between when something happens in the comics and when we can do it in the movie, sometimes a little less, but Civil War is certainly about the 10-year mark. So we always look at stuff that’s happening in the comics and go, ‘Where could we do that?’ Sometimes it’s sooner, but there’s no reason why that couldn’t happen in the next decade or sooner.”
So it seems that while we may not be seeing an LGBTQ character within the next few years, it's something that will be happening in the not-too-distant future. I can't wait to see it!