That’s right! Just in time for Pride month, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has announced that the LGBT community no longer needs to worry about representation. In an interview with The Playlist, Feige, who kicked their first black-led and woman-led movies back a few years to make room for another white guy, confirmed that we will be lucky enough to get two LGBT characters in the future. Yes, that’s right. TWO. An exact representation of how many LGBT people there are in the world. Feige mentioned that of the two characters, one will be established while the other will be someone we haven’t met yet.
Possible candidates for the established character include Valkyrie, a character who had her LGBT moment excised due to “pacing” in a movie that had time for jokes about The Hulk’s penis, or Ayo, a background Dora Milaje who’s flirtatious scene with Okoye was cut to make room for a skeletal romance between the latter and Daniel Kaluuya. It could also be any other random sidekick or background character we’ve seen in passing. There’s never enough time to devote to actual gay representation, so they have to make sure whoever they use is easily shuffled off to make room for Iron Man’s next 200 quips.
Speaking of, the mind boggles as to what new one-off character Feige will count as representation in a future film. Maybe Captain Marvel’s sister’s roommate will have an undercut, or they’ll feature Taserface’s brother, Gayserface. Maybe Josh Gad will have a brief dance scene with a man.
In any case, it’s my view that we should be happy with this. I mean two gay characters. That’s probably enough. We don’t want to distract from such well-written straight romances like Hulk/Widow, Sharon/Steve, and Thor/Sif.