Avengers: Endgame is now smashing all box office records and is slowly taking its place as one of the highest rated movies in the MCU. There was one moment in the film that had caused a lot of debate amongst the LGBTQ fans. Marvel has boasted that the movie has their first openly gay character.
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In the movie, Steve Rogers/Captain America leads a support group for many people who had lost their loved ones to the Thanos’ snap. One of the members spoke about his first date and used the pronouns ‘he’, and so it is clear that the character is gay. This moment packs an extra punch since he is being played by the director, Joe Russo. However, the very fact that he plays an unnamed character with just a few lines feels like a slap in the face to the people who have been waiting for 22 movies to see themselves being represented on the silver screen.
Many of the fans have also joked that the way Natasha Romonaff sits in a chair or how Carol Danvers new haircut are much more gay than anything said by Joe in this movie.
We must mention that Joe and Anthony Russo are not fully to blame for this and at least they tried. There are surely better ways that this could have gone. A gay character with a name would have also been a good move.
The DCEU movie, Shazam!, had a very more hopeful intro to their first LGBTQ character. Pedro Peña might have casually dropped that he is not interested in girls, but the fact that he is a part of the Shazam family surely does add a lot of weight to the declaration. There are many queer characters in Marvel’s Runaways, Jessica Jones, and also, Agents of SHIELD. However, these characters’ existence does not change the very fact that 11 years of blockbuster movies have avoided this subject.
Avengers: Endgame is now playing in theatres everywhere.