In a new interview with The Playlist, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige claims the Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon be getting not one, but two LGBTQ characters...one of whom we've apparently already met! Here's the entire exchange, for reference:
The Playlist: When are we getting a Gay, Bi, LGBTQ, out character in the MCU? Is it even in the works?
Kevin Feige: Yes.
The Playlist: That’s the answer?
Kevin Feige: Yeah, that’s the answer.
The Playlist: It’s not someone we’ve seen yet, I’m guessing?
Kevin Feige: Both.
The Playlist: Both?
Kevin Feige: Both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen.
So, two LGBTQ characters, one of whom has already been introduced. We agree with The Playlist's suggestion that the first is likely to be Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson, who plays the character, has already gone on the record with the reveal that Valkyrie is bisexual). As for the yet-to-be-introduced LGBTQ character: who knows! Could be any new character slated to appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Captain Marvel, or any other Marvel movie currently in pre-production. After all, Feige didn't give us a timeframe.
As of late, plenty of lip service has been paid to this sort of inclusion in major Hollywood blockbusters, but for the most part, studios still seem unwilling to pull the trigger (see also: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which allegedly featured a scene revealing that one of its supporting characters was a lesbian, only to remove the moment "for time" before release). If Feige's being on the level here, it'll be a strong step forward to see this sort of inclusivity happening in a major superhero franchise, particularly one operating under the Disney umbrella. We are, of course, all for it, but we also remain a bit skeptical about how soon we'll actually see it.
What do you folks think? Think Valkyrie's the odds-on favorite for the already-introduced LGBTQ character? Any predictions about who the other, yet-to-be-introduced LGBTQ character might be? Sound off in the comments below.