According to a Marvel big wig -- and no, sadly we're not talking about any of the actual MCU wigs -- a queer superhero could be coming to the screen far sooner than we thought.
During a recent press event in India, Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo (one half of the Russo Brothers, who have directed both parts of the final installment) told journalists that a queer hero is "100%" coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, adding that fans will see the LGBTQ+ character "very soon."
Some are speculating that, with Endgame out later this month, Russo's comments might mean that a queer Marvel character might make an appearance in the film, possibly a character audiences are already familiar with. Both Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie (Thor: Ragnarok) and Florence Kasumba's Ayo (Black Panther) had scenes cut from their respective films that confirmed their characters' queerness. Do Russo's comments mean the final Avengers film will affirm these women as LGBTQ+ heroes? Or are we finally going to get the passionate Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes reunion I've been
writing reading so much fan fiction about? A girl can hope!
Even if Endgame doesn't confirm the queerness of an existing character, we still have The Eternals to look forward to. It's been heavily suggested that the upcoming film is looking to cast an openly gay actor and that Marvel plans to introduce its first queer lead, possibly the godly, canonically bisexual Hercules.
At the LA premiere of Captain Marvel, production chief Victoria Alonso toldVariety that a queer hero is definitely part of their plan. "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," she said.
Between the long-awaited inclusion of queer heroes and the success of both Captain Marvel and Black Panther, the future of Marvel is looking more diverse than ever.
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