In today’s world, there is an ever growing need and support for movies to better represent the world we live in. There is even greater pressure it seems for superhero movies, the biggest films each year, to be as diverse as possible. The genre is getting better, but there has also been lots of discussion over Tilda Swinton being cast as The Ancient One, Finn Jones being cast as Iron Fist, and before that whether or not Marvel should start with Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker. Not often included in that discussion is having characters that are a part of the LGBT community.
To date, there has not been a LGBT character in a Marvel movie, but that could be changing in the near future. Joe and Anthony Russo both talked to Collider and they were asked about just this. While they did not give a specific character or date that a LGBT character would be included in the MCU, they are optimistic that it will happen.
Joe: 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. 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.
Anthony: 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.
Even though there has yet to be a LGBT character included on the big screen, the MCU as a whole is not barren. Both Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) on Jessica Jones and Joey (Juan Pablo Raba) on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are in the LGBT community. You can even make the argument that Justin Hammer turns the corner in the All Hail The King One-Shot. However, if they were going to introduce a LGBT character, Namor played by Zachary Quinto instantly came to mind. Or could this mean that a character like Hercules could be making his way to the big screen soon? Let us know what character you could see being LGBT in the movies in the comments below!