Marvel superhero Brie Larson, who recently made her debut in her own solo film, expressed impatience with the lack of LGBTI representation in the cinematic universe.
While speaking to Variety’s Marc Malkin for the new podcast The Big Ticket, Larson said the industry and Marvel has to ‘move faster’.
Malkin confided in Larson that while he was growing up, he never thought he’d see an LGBTI superhero.
‘That breaks my heart to hear that, because there’s no reason,’ the Captain Marvel star responded. ‘I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero.
‘So to me it’s like, we gotta move faster. But I’m always wanting to move faster with this stuff.’
Larson also discussed that she knows part of this process involves her as well.
‘It wasn’t enough for me to just look strong on a poster; it needed to extend further than that,’ she said. ‘I feel like I can’t at the end of the day go to sleep at night if I didn’t do everything that I possibly could.’
Inspiring the next generation
Throughout the press tour for both Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, there have been numerous photos of Larson greeting young girls dressed as her character.
‘I don’t think we think about that all the time as kids,’ she commented.
‘I think we accept what we have, but to see this new generation of boys and girls, or kids who don’t identify as either, being able to see this on screen and to not know anything different is really exciting.’
She continued that she’s ‘happy… to prove once again that representation matters’.
Larson has previously expressed support for her own Marvel character not being straight.
Avengers: Endgame, released on Thursday (26 April), featured an LGBTI character — but not a superhero.