Following the United States' legalisation of same-sex marriage, Marvel Cinematic Universe bossman Kevin Feige has locked down an appearance of an LGBTQ character in the next ten years. Uh... maybe. In a hilarious response to whether we can see a gay character soon, Feige said:
"Within the next decade? I should think so."
He's definitely taking a long term view of things. But why wait until 2025? Feige provided some very (ahem) reasonable answers.
"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."
This all seems fair enough. Until we remember that Marvel's first openly gay character came out way back in 1992. Ok, he's a pretty forgettable character: Northstar is one of the X-Men, and although he had a short-lived solo series in the early 90s, he hasn't been seen that much recently. But there are plenty of more prominent characters who could be included in the MCU, and in fact Feige missed a trick with his choice for the current Guardians of the Galaxy line-up...
To be exact, a lesbian couple comprised of ex- Captain Marvel Phyla-Vell and bisexual sometimes-dragon Moondragon. They certainly could have found a place in the recent film (who doesn't want to see a woman turn into a dragon?!)
With a plethora of LGBT characters to choose from (129, to be exact), there has been ample opportunity for Feige to introduce some to the MCU. In fact, one already was introduced! Anyone remember [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469)'s Victoria Hand? In the comics she is openly bisexual, and a pretty badass character too. Alas, she was iced on ABC's show long before her potential could be realized, and without a hint as to her sexual identity. What a missed opportunity!
Marvel comics are certainly not behind the curve in representing LGBT characters. Their recent series Young Avengers Volume 2 featured a team of almost entirely gay and bisexual heroes. And who could forget the first gay wedding in comics history? On the 20 year anniversary of Marvel's first gay hero, 2012 saw Northstar finally wed his long term partner Kyle.
The comics have also seen some great strides with gender and race too. The new female Thor has wowed fans in her own comic series. With the recent news that Miles Morales will officially become Spider-Man in the next comic series, everything's pretty shiny in the Marvel comics universe. Of course, this comes right on the tails of the news that yet another young, straight, white guy has been cast as Peter Parker in the MCU, but hey, baby steps right?
"The not so distant future..."
Kevin Feige did have a rather more flexible statement to make about the possibility of an LGBT appearance in the MCU.
“The answer is, there is no reason why that can’t happen any time soon. You know, we pull the characters from the comics, for the most part, and they’ve been forging new ground for decades in the comics. They’ve been very progressive in the comics. And even more recently in a very important and progressive way. And we keep track of all of those things and are inspired by all of those things, so I’d love it to find an organic, meaningful and natural way for that to happen at some point in the not so distant future.”
Feige is known to be pretty slippery in his statements, so perhaps we'll see an LGBT character appear in the next... five years? Though there are some fans who'd love to see Captain America come out as bisexual, an LGBT character doesn't necessarily have to come from the main characters.
In [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858), Darcy could add to her studly reputation by dating a lady. After that fantastic dip kiss in [Thor: The Dark World](tag:206462), she proved she's quite the romantic. With the Inhumans ready to jump into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, maybe lesbian Ren could be among them? Netflix's Daredevil is no stranger to a more realistic worldview, so perhaps Foggy could find love with a man, or maybe season 2 will follow in Sense8's footsteps and introduce a trans character. And of course there's always the potential for Peggy and Angie to get together in Agent Carter (full article here)...
So the outlook is, if not hopeful, then cautiously optimistic. Maybe Kevin Feige will surprise us all and introduce an LGBT character in half a decade! In the meantime, we have the comics, and it's fun watching our heroes kick butt, no matter what their sexual orientation.
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