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Want a gay superhero film? Marvel says it ‘might’ happen

Want a gay superhero film? Marvel says it ‘might’ happen

Hulkling and Wiccan

If you’ve been hoping to see a gay character in a Marvel movie, you’re going to only have to wait a decade to see it.

Speaking at an Ant-Man press day, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has given a vague promise to when a LGBTI character will appear in a superhero film.

He said he ‘would think’ a LGBTI character will appear ‘in the next decade or sooner’.

‘Well in the drawing board going up to 2019 it remains to be seen,’ he told Collider.

‘The comics always make the path that we get to have the fun of saying, ” Yeah let’s choose this way or let’s choose this way’, and I think there are a lot of cool things happening in the comics now that – it’s usually a five to 10-year cycle between when something happens in the comics and when we can do it in the movie, sometimes a little less, but Civil War is certainly about the ten-year mark. Winter Soldier, I think, was around that time.

‘So we always look at stuff that’s happening in the comics and go, “Where could we do that?” Sometimes it’s sooner, but there’s no reason why that couldn’t happen in the next decade or sooner.’

Marvel has yet to screen a blockbuster led by a female superhero, with the Carol Danvers-starring Captain Marvel movie to be released in November 2018. Considering the first Marvel Studios licensed film Blade in 1998, this has taken them 20 years.

While the X-Men films are largely seen as a parable to the LGBTI community, this was dropped when Bryan Singer stopped directing them.

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.