Posted 2017/04/26 950 0
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Might Feature Marvel’s First Gay Superhero
Star Wars: Episode IX is coming sooner than we expected: Disney just moved the release date for the film up to May 24th, 2019.
The director of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 has said he may have already introduced a gay superhero to the film series.
Disney have shown signs of moving towards more prominent LGBTQ representation following Beauty And The Beast’s weirdly labelled ‘gay moment’, but now director James Gunn has hinted his latest Marvel flick could be about to make another step. Earlier this month, Digital Spy reported that Gunn would like to include an LGBTQ character, and even hinted that there might already be on one the team.
“Absolutely. I would love to be able to [feature a gay hero]. We might have already done that. I say watch the movie. Check it out. See what you think.”
Now, Gunn has elaborated on that cryptic comment, clarifying that the sexuality of the characters is not something that is very well explored in the films. This means, of course, that any of the characters could be LGBTQ, and it simply hasn’t come into play just yet. (Again, from Digital Spy.)
“What I meant to say is this: There are a lot of gay people in the world. There are a lot of bisexual people in the world. There are a lot of characters in the MCU. We’ve barely gotten to know the sexuality of any of those characters.
We know Gamora and Quill are interested in each other. That’s about the only sexual relationship that exists within the Guardians. We know Drax has a past with a wife so he’s got some sort of interest in women.
But we don’t really know who’s gay and who’s not. It could be any of them.”
There's potential for Gunn to shine the spotlight on the LGBTQ dynamics within the Guardians in the upcoming Vol 3, which he has already promised will bring the franchise full circle.
"I think the third movie is going to continue this trilogy the story of this iteration of this Guardians of the Galaxy," Gunn told Variety last week. "I think it's going to do it in a big way.
"I think we're going to come to an epic conclusion of who the Guardians are why and why they were bought together and I can't wait to tell that story to the people."
It won’t be the first gay superhero to hit theaters though, as recently the Power Rangers movie did just that, which THR reported to be the “first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist.”
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 releases in UK cinemas on April 28.