Jessica Jones, the upcoming and highly anticipated Marvel TV series, will include the company’s first major gay character in TV or film.
The show stars Krysten Ritter at Jones, a former superhero suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who opens her own detective agency, and will air on Netflix.
The first episode screened at New York Comic Con on Sunday, with IGN calling it the most ‘mature Marvel cinematic universe project yet’.
Carrie Anne Moss’ Jeri Hogarth is gay, and it is heavily implied that Jessica Jones will have a fluid sexuality. In one scene, an interaction between her and a character called Trish ‘heavily implies that they used to be a romantic item’, according to Vulture.
It was also reported that Moss’ first scene shows her cheating on her girlfriend with another woman.
While Marvel is getting more inclusive in TV, film is a different story. Earlier this year, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said he ‘would think’ a LGBTI character will appear ‘in the next decade or sooner’.
Marvel has yet to screen a blockbuster led by a female superhero, but at least one is coming. The Captain Marvel movie, which focuses on Carol Danvers, will be released in November 2018.
For inspiration, they could look at Mystique – a bisexual X-Men villain, or the recent outing of Iceman in the comics. The Young Avengers’ Wiccan and Hulkling are also a popular same-sex couple with the fans.
Jessica Jones will be released on Netflix on 20 November.