With representation becoming much more common in all films, in makes sense that superhero movies, which seem to be popping up in even greater quantities would be the focus of a discussion on inclusion. While there has already been some discussion on representation in the superhero genre, according to James Gunn, audiences may have already seen LGBT characters as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even if that has not been made abundantly clear.
During a recent interview in which the director was discussing his upcoming movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, he shared that he really believes there have already been LGBT characters introduced. According to Heroic Hollywood, James Gunn shared that someone recently asked him whether or not there would be any gay characters featured in the Marvel movies. The director answered by saying that there are so many characters that have already been introduced to the world as part of the MCU and very few have had their sexualities delved into in any real depth, whether that means declaring a character straight, gay or bisexual.
James Gunn said that people really just do not know at this point who could be an LGBT character. The director went on to say that he imagines that there likely are characters who are gay in the Marvel Universe, they just have not been revealed yet. As he reminded everyone, there are a lot of people in this world who are gay or bisexual or lesbians and there are also a lot of characters within the MCU. At this point, “We’ve barely gotten to know the sexuality of any of those characters.”
While James Gunn certainly makes a valid point that there are plenty of characters in the MCU and their sexuality has not been addressed at this time, this is a discussion that has popped up a number of times recently. In fact, Kevin Feige recently said that within the next decade the MCU would feature an LGBT character on the big screen. Even Joe and Anthony Russo have weighed in on the topic saying that there are very strong chances that there will be LGBT representation in the MCU.
For now, there seem to be no openly LGBT characters in the MCU, even if James Gunn seems to believe they may already have been introduced. Instead, audiences have the small screen to turn to for an LGBT character in terms of The Defenders‘ universe and Jeri Hogarth, played by Carrie Ann Moss, who can be seen in Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist and the upcoming The Defenders.
What do you think of what James Gunn said? Do you agree that it is possible LGBT characters have already been introduced in the MCU, but that their sexuality is not something that has been explored yet? Tell us your thoughts on the director’s statement in the comments below.
By Dorothea James