Well, it’s impossible to miss beautifully strong superheroes if you are a die-hard Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fan. Representation always mattered at the Marvel Studios, while they planted the seeds long ago they are coming to fruition in the upcoming Phase 4. However, if you have known some and missed some LGBTQ+ characters in the MCU, do not worry. Read on
I say, you say, we all say queer! The world is just a little better place to live when we have fair representation. For a long time now Marvel fans have been demanding more LGBTQ+ character representation in the movies. Wherein MCU steered clear of diversity and representation in the first few phases, while the comics are full of it.
The disappointment of fans was evident with the release of Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel. Many fans hoped Carol Danvers to have an LGBTQ+ identity given her strong stature and comic book history. But at the time the makers, neither confirmed nor denied fans expectations. However, with director Joe Russo’s first gay cameo in Avengers: Endgame finally gave us hope for an inclusive future.
While that door is open, here’s a look at Marvel characters that could come out in the upcoming phases.
In 2019 Marvel studios president Kevin Feige confirmed Valkyrie to be the first bisexual hero in the MCU. Thor: Love and Thunder will see her as the new king who’ll need to find her new queen. Actor Tessa Thompson who is MCU’s Valkyrie tweeted in 2017 that it was a joy to play her, who thinks tad bit about what men think.
The Asgardian warrior first introduced in 1970 in The Avengers #83. Later, she identifies as a bisexual character in The Fearless Defenders comic. In this comic book storyline, Valkyrie dated a female anthropologist name, Annabelle Riggs.
The God of Mischief is our favourite anti-hero who is set to resurrect with Disney+ Loki series in Phase 4. Actor Tom Hiddleston not only looks comic book accurate but portrays Loki quite accurately too. With two seasons on Disney+ charts who knows he might get a chance to explore more of Loki.
Comic book Loki has been around since 1962. Back in 2014, Loki: Agent of Asgard comic by artist Al Ewing pushed the sexual identity of the character. Further, in creator Mackenzie Lee’s Loki: Where The Mischief Lies, he is recognized as gender fluid and pansexual.
Everyone’s favourite companion of Thor, Korg and Meik are a laugh riot. The Kronan warrior is voiced by director Taika Waititi himself. However, the fact that he is gay in the comic is something creators chose not to disclose in the MCU. The statement from Taika Waititi the onscreen Korg, when asked about the sexual orientation says “he could be.”
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The rumours suggest that Meik might get a gender identity in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder so the two can get together.
It’s a bit easy to miss Ayo in the MCU but one look at Black Panther and you’ll find her fighting beside King T’Challa throughout the movie. She is a brave warrior of Kings Guard, Dora Milaje.
In the comic Ayo falls in love with the general of Dora Milaje, Aneka. In the comic Ayo happens to play very important roles in Captain America: Civil War, Infinity War and the Black Panther. Moreover, in MCU’s future Okoye can be seen as Aneka on screen at some point later.
There happen to be more LGBTQ+ characters in the MCU but they are yet not introduced on screen. Hoping we get to see more of it in the coming times. It’s already 2020 great things are lined up for good.
Writers and artists are working towards bringing the world the great much-needed kaleidoscope of every community. We as fans should only wait with our arms wide open to embrace all of it.