Comic books are generally rather diverse, and feature characters from a variety of backgrounds and demographics. Valkyrie, Hulkling, Wiccan, Iceman, America Chavez and Apollo are just some of the LGBTQ+ characters from Marvel comic books.
If you, however, only know Marvel from superheroes movies, you would think LGBTQ+ people do not exist in this fictional universe. LGBTQ+ characters from the comic books are simply excluded from the movies, their sexuality is not shown, or they are simply rewritten as straight. A famous example of gay erasing is Okoye and Ayo in the Black Panther film. One of the most popular Marvel characters, Loki, is a shapeshifter that has had relationships with both men and women in the comic books. Despite this description in the comics, Loki is not a queer character in the popular Marvel films.
A Marvel executive, Victoria Alonso, has recently spoken out and admitted that Marvel should be doing better when it comes to representation and diversity, especially when it comes to LGBTQ+ characters.
“The gay community has not been represented whatsoever,” said Victoria. The Marvel exec, who also identifies as gay, said she longed for more LGBTQ+ and Latin representation in the Marvel universe of movies.
She added: “I think that every ‘team’ film (like Avengers and Guardians of The Galaxy) that we do has to have a very diverse cast, and that’s something that we are definitely working on trying to achieve.”
In 2015, Marvel president, Kevin Feige, indicated that we will most likely see some LGBTQ+ superheroes on the big screen within the next decade. Yet, we have no indication of when Marvel plans on showing more diversity in their blockbuster films.
It is a pity that we should still beg a universe as large as Marvel to acknowledge the existence of the LGBTQ+ community in the year 2018.