With the recently trending #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, Disney's not the only major studio facing pressure to bring more LGBT characters to the big screen. But in a recent interview from Collider with Joe and Anthony Russo, the brothers indicated that we might not have to wait that long for a gay superhero in a Marvel movie.
Joe Russo the odds of welcoming an LGBT hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe were high:
“I think the chances are strong. 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."
Then he continued by criticizing the lack of LGBT diversity currently in Hollywood:
"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 is poised for yet another major box office hit with Civil War, and Anthony Russo explains how that makes this the perfect time to be taking risks:
“I think this is a philosophy of Marvel, in success, it becomes easier to take risks. 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.”
With at least nine new movies in development over at Marvel, the question remains about which one(s) will introduce LGBT heroes into the cinematic universe. Check out this article about different LGBTQ characters that are already featured in the Marvel comics.
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