More LGBTQ+ characters are coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has been confirmed.
Marvel’s Victoria Alonso told Variety the studio is planning to improve the queer representation in its films and TV shows.
Alonso, the vice president of film production, explained: “We have so many stories that we can tell.
“We will empower those that are. We’re not changing anything.
“We’re just showing the world who these people are, who these characters are.”
She added that representation “takes time” but promised fans there was more to come.
She explained: “There’s a lot that we have coming up that I think will be representative of the world of today.
“We’re not going to nail it in the first movie or the second movie or third movie, or the first show or second show, but we will do our best to consistently try to represent.”
Alonso was asked about the studio’s plans in response to the recent news that Loki was bisexual.
In episode three of the character’s self-titled spin-off series, Sylvie asks the god of mischief if there are any women “or princes” in his life.
From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual. It is a part of who he is and who I am too. I know this is a small step but I’m happy, and heart is so full, to say that this is now Canon in #mcu #Loki 💗💜💙 pic.twitter.com/lz3KJbewx8
— Kate Herron (@iamkateherron) June 23, 2021
He responds, “a bit of both,” confirming his bisexuality.
When it came to Loki being confirmed as part of the LGBTQ+ community, Alonso argued that the studio was simply reflecting the source material.
She said: “I have to be honest with you, it’s not a big deal.
“It is what it is when it suits the character. We’re not going to do it because it’s politically correct or incorrect. It is what it is.
“Don’t forget, we follow our comics. We try to follow them quite to the tee.
“So in the comics, this is who he was.”
Marvel’s first openly queer character was an unnamed gay man in Avengers: Endgame who attends a support group run by Captain America.
Openly bisexual actress Tessa Thompson also played Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame.
Her character was billed as bisexual, but scenes confirming her sexuality were cut from the film.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Thompson said that she filmed a scene in which a woman is seen leaving her bedroom after hooking up.
The moment was ultimately cut from the film because it “distracted from the scene’s vital exposition.”
Another scene saw her all-female warrior clan slaughtered, with one of the members being Valkyrie’s lover.
She told the Independent: “The woman that dies is her lover.
“In performance, we were, like, ‘That’s your lover.’ So in my mind, it isn’t cut; I played her as a woman that’s queer.”
Kevin Feige and Tessa Thompson later confirmed that Valkyrie will “find her queen” in Thor: Love and Thunder.
“The answer is yes,” Feige said of Valkyrie finally getting her own LGBTQ+ storyline.
“How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4.”
that was def her gf pic.twitter.com/xODJu3Sp3x
— ً via can’t process bw (@sylvieswhore) July 6, 2021
Marvel’s upcoming Eternals movie will also feature an openly gay superhero, Phastos, played by Brian Tyree Henry.
Actor Haaz Sleiman, who plays his husband, believes the queer community will be “proud” of the MCU’s first same-sex couple.
Sleiman said: “My gut feeling is you’ll be so proud.
“What Marvel has been able to accomplish, I’m so proud of them because they approached it in a very thoughtful way.
“Phastos is one of the biggest superheroes in the film.
“I’m his husband, an architect; we have a child.”
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