NME Festival blog: Marvel confirm they already have an LGBTQ+ hero and more are on their way


There’s “ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen”

Marvel have confirmed that they already have an LGBTQ+ hero in the cinematic universe and that more are on their way.

Advocacy group GLAAD previously called out the lack of LGBTQ+ representation in Marvel and DC movies. It was later reported that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi cut a frame of a woman leaving Valkyrie’s bedroom in the film’s final edit.

Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie in the superhero sequel, confirmed her character’s sexual orientation last year after she was accused of being a “typical sexless Marvel tomboy”.

“She’s bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play!”, she wrote.

The deleted frame was heavily criticized by GLAAD as was the decision to not include any reference to Korg being bisexual in the film. He is traditionally depicted as bisexual in the original comics.

The report from GLAAD stated that “audiences would have no clue they were seeing queer characters unless they had read outside press or the source material stories.”

Now it seems that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is keen for more representation in the movies. He acknowledged that there is at least one existing character within the MCU that identifies within the spectrum, while also confirming that there are developments for a new character that identifies as LGBTQ+.

“[We have] both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen,” he told The Playlist.

Earlier this month, The 1975 donated to the campaign for a new centre for London’s LGBTQ+ community. Matty Healy said: “You might wonder why it is needed, and even ask yourself what exactly is everyone still scared of, but sadly, I think stigma still exists even in London and we still have some way to go.”

Healy admitted he was “wary” of talking about the band’s involvement as he didn’t want to “appear to be virtue-signalling,” but added that he was surprised the project hadn’t yet reached target. He added: “Me and the others in the band all felt it was obviously a good thing to put our money towards.””



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