Avengers: Endgame fans are not happy with the first gay character to appear in a Marvel film.
The film has already broken box office records with a massive $1.2 billion debut.
But for the LGBTI fans looking for representation, it’s not exactly what they were hoping for.
First gay character in Avengers: Endgame
Joe Russo, one of the directors, plays the unnamed character in the film.
He is seen at a support group for people grieving after Thanos snapped his fingers and made half of all living creatures disappear.
The character tells the group led by Captain America that he went on his first date since the snapture.
He talks about the man he was on a date with and how they were both reduced to tears thinking about what happened.
In the moving scene, Steve Rogers congratulates the man for rebuilding his life.
‘We have to move on, we have to rebuild,’ Rogers tells the support group.
Directors defend gay character
The directors have also defended the character.
‘Representation is really important,’ Joe Russo said.
‘It was important to us as we did four of these films, we wanted a gay character somewhere in them.
‘We felt it was important that one of us play him, to ensure the integrity and show it is so important to the filmmakers that one of us is representing that.
‘It is a perfect time, because one of the things that is compelling about the Marvel Universe moving forward is its focus on diversity.’
The directors said they wanted the gay character to be an ‘everyman’ who has suffered from Thanos.
‘We wanted it to be casual, with the fact that the character is gay tied into the fabric of the storytelling and representing what everyday life is,’ Russo said.
‘We’re trying to represent everyone in everyday life. These are global movies that reach a lot of people. They are important to a lot of people and everyone has the right to see themselves on the screen and identify somewhere.’
He added: ‘As filmmakers of a massive franchise we’re saying, we support you.’
Fans deride the character as ‘disappointing’
But for many fans, the character is not good enough representation.
‘Marvel making their “first openly gay” character a minor character is so disappointing,’ one viewer said.
someone: there’s an *explicitly* gay character that you would NEVER expect in endgame
stan twitter, who’s been saying every single marvel character is gay since 2008: pic.twitter.com/ztTGFP0mGD
— lyss saw endgame (@revenqcrs) April 23, 2019
Another person on Twitter joked: ‘I’ve never felt more represented watching a film unnamed character #38 is a gay icon thank u marvel’
Another also said: ‘Is it that hard marvel to write gay characters. Is it really that hard.’
Before anyone stans Marvel over that weak-ass NPC gay rep, please remember that King Taika fought to make Valkyrie, a whole major character, explicitly bisexual but Marvel forced him to take it out.
— Kayla Ancrum (@KaylaAncrum) April 28, 2019
Avengers: Endgame is out now.