Marvel Cinematic Universe – Chances Of Seeing LGBT Characters In Films Are Strong

It’s been eight years since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began, and with Captain America: Civil War, its 13th installment, about to hit theaters, the franchise is more popular than ever. This universe features a variety of heroes, from established faces like Iron Man and Black Widow to newbies like Scarlet Witch and Black Panther, but there still has yet to be any major LGBT representation on their big screen endeavors. However, Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo think that could change soon.

The Russo brothers, who are also helming the Avengers: Infinity War movies, told Collider the as directors, it’s their responsibility to make movies for audiences that reflect the real world. As they put it:

I think the chances are strong. I mean, it’s incumbent upon us as storytellers who are making mass-appeal movies to make mass-appeal movies, and to diversify as much as possible. It’s sad in the way that Hollywood lags behind other industries so significantly, one because you think that it would be a progressive industry, and two it’s such a visible industry. So I think it’s important that on all fronts we keep pushing for diversification because then the storytelling becomes more interesting, more rich, and more truthful.

Indeed, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe sometimes suffers criticism of feeling same-y, adding LGBT characters opens up the storytelling to entirely new and different avenues while also more closely resembling the diverse makeup of humanity.

And while some may argue that it’s simply too risky to put LGBT characters into films that are meant to reap huge box office receipts in places like China and Russia, where LGBT people face both personal and legal discrimination as well as violence, Anthony Russo asserts that the massive success of Marvel makes it easier to take these kinds of risks:

“I think this is a philosophy of Marvel, in success it becomes easier to take risks. There’s a lot of unconventional ideas in Civil War in terms of what people’s expectations of a superhero movie are, but I think we were able to do that because Winter Soldier worked and Marvel’s been working in general, so there’s more of a boldness in terms of what you can try and where you can go. So I think that’s very hopeful for all of us moving forward that bolder and bolder choices can be made.”

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