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“The world is ready,” said Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios’ EVP of Production when asked about the possibility of a gay superhero, although she refused to confirm the Eternals rumours, stating that: “We are going to cast the best Eternals cast that we can and when we’re ready to announce it we promise you we will.”
With rumours circulating that Marvel is looking to cast an openly gay actor for the lead role in next year’s franchise launcher The Eternals, Alonso has told Variety that she believes the time is right for an LGBTQ superhero in the MCU.
Victoria Alonso statement:
Alonso reiterated Marvel’s commitment to diversity, adding: “Why wouldn’t we be?
“I’m so passionate about this I’ve got to tell you. Our entire success is based on people that are incredibly different. Why wouldn’t we? Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person?”
“Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive. If we don’t do it that way for them, we will fail. If we don’t put pedal to the metal on the diversity and the inclusivity, we will not have continued success.”
“Our determination is to have that for all of the people out there watching our movies.”
Last year, Stephen Broussard – a producer who’s worked on a series of MCU movies including Captain America: The First Avenger and Ant-Man And The Wasp – hinted at the inclusion of queer characters and a gay superhero in future movies.
“For sure, you will see that. I know it can be frustrating if you’re part of a group that wants to see more representation and the answer is always ‘stay tuned’ – I can imagine that that’s frustrating,” he said.
“But that is happening behind the scenes, you’re going to be seeing that more and more. Representation across individual groups in the years ahead.”
In 2017, Tessa Thompson filmed a scene for Thor: Ragnarok which confirmed her character Valkyrie’s bisexuality, but it was later cut. Similarly, in the final edits of Black Panther, a same sex romance was removed.
So will we finally get to see a big budget LGBT superhero movie hit theatres in the near future? Only time will tell!
Source – pride.com, flickeringmyth.com, gaytimes.co.uk, stuff.co.nz