Kevin Feige Promises at Least two LGBTQ+ Characters Coming to the MCU
Times have changed in our world and Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, is ready to catch the MCU up to speed. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon add 2 LGBTQ characters, Feige promises, and it’s certainly about time. Members of the LGBTQ community have been waiting years to see themselves represented on the big screen, and thankfully diversity is right around the corner.
In an interview with The Playlist concerning Ant-Man and the Wasp, a film where gay characters are absent, The Playlist found it appropriate to ask Feige when the LGBTQ characters would be represented in Marvel films. With Pride month currently in effect, fans were especially eager to know the degree of the MCU’s inclusivity. The following is a brief snippet from the interview between The Playlist and Feige.
The Playlist: When are we getting a Gay, Bi, LGBTQ, out character in the MCU? Is it even in the works?
Kevin Feige: Yes.
The Playlist: That’s the answer?
Kevin Feige: Yeah, that’s the answer.
The Playlist: It’s not someone we’ve seen yet, I’m guessing?
Kevin Feige: Both.
The Playlist: Both?
Kevin Feige: Both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen.
Feige’s answers make us curious which characters are members of the LGBTQ community. Feige alludes to the fact that not only will these characters be ones we have never seen before, but that some of these LGBTQ characters are ones we already know and love. It seems safe to say that Thor: Ragnarok’s Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who announced her character was queer on twitter last fall, will certainly be the character that we already know. Thompson has made it clear that Valkyrie’s sexuality, in fact any characters’ sexuality, is not the main focus of the film and does not alter the history of that character. While the events of Avengers: Infinity War were pretty gruesome, we’re unsure whether Valkyrie survived the massacre. However, sources indicate that Thompson’s beloved character is not ready to leave the MCU just yet.
She’s bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play! https://t.co/d0LZKTHCfL
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) October 21, 2017
In terms of the LGBTQ character we have not yet been introduced to, it seems as though they will appear in Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, or another Phase 4 film. Whichever it may be, fans are surely excited to see this kind of diversity coming to the Marvel Universe, and so are we. If the roles of these LGBTQ characters are written and executed well, this could be a huge turning point for the MCU.
Featured image: Tessa Thompson in ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’ Courtesy Marvel Studios.