LGBTI fans prayers were answered when the first openly LGBTI character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) appeared in Avengers: Endgame.
Played by one of the directors, Joe Russo, the unnamed character features in an early scene at a support group for people grieving after Thanos made half of all living creatures disappear.
The character tells the group led by Captain Steve Rogers, that he went on his first date since the disappearances. He talks about the man he was on a date with and how they both were reduced to tears thinking about Thanos’ actions.
In the moving scene, Rogers congratulates the man for taking the first step in rebuilding his life after the disappearances. ‘We have to move on, we have to rebuild,’ Rogers tells the support group.
Avengers: Endgame opened in the US and UK on Thursday (25 April) to rave reviews.
The three-hour conclusion to the Infinity Saga is expected to break box office records.
Earlier this month, Joe told reporters in India LGBT superhero is ‘100%’ coming.
‘You will see one very soon,’ Joe added.
In 2016, Joe said it’s incumbent upon us, as storytellers who are making mass-appeal movies… to diversity as much as possible’.
‘It’s sad in the way that Hollywood lags behind other industries so significantly,’ Joe told Collider.
‘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.’
Marvel has demurred on the inclusion of an LGBTI character before.
Speaking back in June 2015, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige gave a vague promise on when a LGBTI character would appear in a superhero film.
He said he ‘would think’ a LGBTI character will appear ‘in the next decade or sooner’.