The superhero world on the pages of comic books has always been queer AF. Sadly, that queerness hasn’t transferred to the silver screen of their big time Hollywood iterations. That, finally, seems to be changing, as Marvel exec Kevin Feige has revealed that two LGBTQ characters will soon be coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But who will be the two Marvel LGBTQ characters?
In a new interview with the The Playlist, Feige explains that we will soon witness two Marvel LGBTQ characters — one new, one old. The interview went like this:
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.
The interview makes it sound like one of the two characters could be someone we know but who hasn’t come out yet. Maybe Okoye from Black Panther will finally get her ‘coming out’ storyline.
The very next MCU movie, Ant-Man and The Wasp (releasing July 6), will take place right after the events of Captain America: Civil War and before the events of Avengers: Infinity War. It’s going to be more of a light-hearted action flick, maybe a bit of a palate cleanser after the devastation of Infinity War.
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will be reprising their roles from the original Ant-Man movie, only this time Hope Van Dyne suits up as Marvel mainstay and founding member of the Avengers (in the comics, of course) The Wasp.
At the end of Infinity War we see a disintegrating Nick Fury send out a distress signal with the Captain Marvel “Hala Star” logo. On March 6, 2019, Marvel is going to give us its first female-led solo movie, starring Brie Larson as titular character Captain Marvel.
We’re curious if there will be any Marvel LGBTQ characters in either of those films. But we deserve canon queer characters in the Marvel Universe. Especially when they’re queer in the comic canon. Marvel’s flirted with Deadpool’s pansexuality, but we’re not sure whether we’ll ever see him get a same-sex love interest on the big screen … even though Ryan Reynolds is down.