With its 22nd film, Marvel Cinematic Universe has achieved the historic point it could not reach in so many years. Now that Avengers: Endgame is out, MCU has finally landed itself a gay character. Isn’t it exactly the representation that was required to remove the stigma associated with homosexuality? Even when people are still bound to wonder why it took Marvel multiple years to get itself a gay superhero, this could only be a step forward.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Introduces First Gay Superhero in Avengers: Endgame
For those of you who have already watched Endgame, he could be spotted early in the movie. As he attends a support group with Captain America, the gay character talks about his recent date with a man. Joe Russo, who also happens to be the director of this movie, plays the role.
Apparently, the moment on screen meant a lot to Russo who believes that representation is really important. For the past four films, they had been trying to introduce a gay character. Not just that, they felt it was important if one of them could play it. That way they could ensure its integrity. They were also trying to prove that the character was important enough for one of the filmmakers to represent it.
Despite people arguing why it took so long for Marvel to land on a gay character, it does represent a step forward for this particular franchise. In Avengers: Endgame, at least the gay character has made a definitive stance on his sexuality. That is opposed to the exclusively gay moments of characters in movies like Beauty and the Beast and Power Rangers.
While reflecting on its important, Joe Russo’s brother Anthony remarked that,
We’ve seen it now even in countries where people countries where homosexuality isn’t as free as it is here. It’s actually one of those elements of these movies that I think resonates in challenged places in the world as well.
Is Marvel Cinematic Universe Doing Good With Representation?
Marvel Cinematic Universe might be under fire for their decision to introduce a gay character. Even after all these years, it has no name and you’ll miss him out soon. In fact, he does not even appear in the rest of Avengers: Endgame. However, MCU has promised queer representation in its films. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that two LGBTQ characters would soon make their screen debut.
Undoubtedly, MCU is lacking behind in representation. It took 18 films to get to its first non-white lead and 21 to get to its first female-led standalone. And even when they cast a gay character in Avengers: Endgame, it’s important to note that it was not a main character. It seems like we have to wait a couple more movies for Marvel to give us a gay superhero.