President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has confirmed what we’ve been hoping: an LGBTQ superhero is on the way.
During a recent discussion with Entertainment Tonight, Feige was told that fans want to see Kamala Khan in the MCU, a movie centered around Nova, and LGBTQ hero, and the next Taika Waititi/Marvel collab.
His response was vague as usual, but gives us what we needed to hear:
“I think all of those are percolating, and— Let’s put it this way: They’re all percolating. I do want to keep the focus on [Captain Marvel] and the immediate future, but everything you just named are percolating, some closer than others.”
The hints that we might FINALLY be getting a non-hetero superhero in the MCU have been coming in stronger recently.
There’s Marvel exec Victoria Alonso’s recent declaration that “the world is ready” for a gay superhero.
There’s the rumors about The Eternals seeking an openly queer actor for an upcoming lead role.
And of course, Feige said in a quick, non-descriptive Q&A last year that we would be getting LGBTQ characters in the MCU both that we’ve already seen and that are brand new to the cinematic universe.
Admittedly, that last one isn’t exactly a hint, but we were never guaranteed that he was talking about an actual superhero, just a character in the ‘verse.
Of course, as excited as LGBTQ fans and allies are about potentially getting a new queer superhero, many would argue that the groundwork has already been laid for several existing characters to come out. Specifically Valkyrie, who is bisexual in the comics, and Carol Danvers, who doesn’t have a love interest in the film but has a “great love” with her BFF Maria. And of course there’s the fan fave ship, Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, who have essentially played out a whole love story already as it is.
While we’re not sure which existing characters might get the opportunity to come out of the closet, or which new ones may join the MCU, we’re certainly, as Alonso said, more than ready for it.
And supposedly we’ll get to hear more after the new Avengers comes out, so bring it on!