Marvel’s first gay superhero might have a husband and kids, but the same can’t be said for another Disney-owned superpowered character. While many of us were holding out hope that Frozen II would make good on Elsa’s queer subtext, the film’s songwriter has said unequivocally that Elsa won’t have a love interest in the sequel, squashing the rumors that Evan Rachel Wood’s character is Elsa’s girlfriend (she’s actually playing Elsa and Anna’s mother in flashback scenes).
In an interview with IGN, Frozen II songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez broke our gay little hearts. “Like the first movie, Elsa is not just defined by a romantic interest,” she explained. “There's so many movies that define a woman by her romantic interest. That's not a story that we wanted to tell at this point in time. What we really wanted to tell was if you have these powers, how do you grow and change and find your place in the world and find answers that haven't been found before?”
It’s refreshing to have a Disney heroine whose story isn’t about finding love, but it would be even more refreshing to have a Disney heroine who is unabashedly queer, a sentiment that inspired the #GiveElsaaGirlfriend campaign, which even star Idina Menzel supported.
Last February, Frozen II director Jennifer Lee teased fans with the possibility of confirming Elsa as queer, admitting to HuffPost that she loves “everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film ― that it’s creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people. It means the world to us that we’re part of these conversations.”
She added that the Frozen team was having “tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things. For me ... Elsa’s every day telling me where she needs to go, and she’ll continue to tell us. I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go.”
Frozen II hits theaters November 22.