Tom Holland, reigning straight Hollywood twink, has said that Marvel will be moving toward the more diverse future they keep talking about in “the next few years,” with the inclusion of queer characters. When asked if Marvel fans should expect a major LGBTQ+ character soon and if Spider-Man could ever be gay, he answered: “Yeah of course.
“I can’t talk about the future of the character because honestly I don’t know and it’s out of my hands,” acknowledged the Spider-Man: Far From Home star. “But I do know a lot about the future of Marvel, and they are going to be representing lots of different people in the next few years.”
Holland also came through with some tea, adding that “The world isn’t as simple as a straight white guy.” Well, Tom, tell that to Boston’s straight pride parade. “It doesn’t end there, and these films need to represent more than one type of person.”
For months we’ve been hearing that Marvel is eventually going to include major queer characters, mostly likely in itsnew super secret movie The Eternals. And as we wait, we’ve been given crumbs like this interview to keep us placated, or small steps towards that diversity they keep promising: the gay character featured in Avengers: Endgame who literally had no name or Zach Barack, who stars in Far From Home and is the first trans actor to star in a Marvel film. But until we see an actual LGBTQ+ superhero on screen - one played by a queer actor - this is all just talk.