Marvel executive Victoria Alonso recently said that "the world is ready" for a gay Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero.
Marvel Studios have a lot of new projects coming up this year and the fans are really excited.
While everyone is eagerly waiting for the release of 'Avengers: Endgame', which will be the final movie of Avengers, Marvel has some potential future plans for their upcoming projects.
According to ScreenRant, Marvel executive Victoria Alonso recently said that "the world is ready" for a gay Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero. MCU has become quite popular since the last few years but is still widely criticized for its lack of diversity.
Marvel studious has recently addressed the issue with their movie 'Black Panther' and their recent release 'Captain Marvel'.
They also have many other projects coming up like 'Black Widow' and 'Shang-Chi'. Now they are planning to have a gay lead in one of their upcoming projects. There have been rumors that 'The Eternals', which will be a part of Marvels Phase 4 will have a cosmic MCU superhero adventure directed by Chloe Zhao. It will feature MCU's first gay lead.
The studio is also looking to cast an openly queer actor for the role. Even though things are not confirmed by the studio yet but Alonso's comments give out the hint.
Alonso told Variety, “Why wouldn’t we be? Why wouldn’t we be?” Alonso said. “I’m so passionate about this I’ve got to tell you. Our entire success is based on people that are incredibly different. Why wouldn’t we? Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person?"
"Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive. If we don’t do it that way for them, we will fail. If we don’t put the pedal to the metal on the diversity and the inclusivity, we will not have continued success. Our determination is to have that for all of the people out there watching our movies,” she added.
She also spoke about "The Eternals" cast saying that “We are going to cast the best ‘Eternals’ cast that we can and when we’re ready to announce it we promise you we will”.
Not only Alonso but the studios boss Kevin Feige also said during an interview that there will be LGBTQ characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's upcoming projects.
Hollywood is very particular about their queer content in the films. Recently, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" had a deleted scene that would reveal that a secondary character is gay.
The studio even deleted a scene from "Thor: Ragnarok" that would have confirmed that Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie is bisexual.
In a recent interview with Collider, Kevin Feige spoke about Marvel's major projects such as 'Captain Marvel' and 'Avengers: Endgame'.
Talking about Endgame, he said "Well, I think I’d said that it all had gotten blown out of proportion to some extent. But it was a spoiler, because if you knew before Infinity War came out that the next movie was called Endgame, then you know that there wasn’t an ending to Infinity War."
"But that had been the title of the movie from the moment we conceived of doing the two films. In large part, because…it’s seeded right there. I mean, it’s seeded in Ultron," he added.
He also dropped hints about the duration of the upcoming Avengers film. "I think there’s a lot of story in that movie and a lot of characters in that movie. In all seriousness, we don’t look at run times in terms of mandates, or anything like that," he said.
"Every movie should feel like it’s an hour and 45 minutes. Now, some movies can be 90 minutes and feel like they’re four hours. And some movies can be three and a half hours and feel like 90 minutes. So for us, that’s what it … It’s, 'how does it feel' And every version of Endgame thus far, and the ones that we’re honing in on, feel very good," he added.
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Apart from the Avengers, he also spoke about the success of 'Black Panther' and what the studio has learned from it for its future plans. "Well, the notion of letting a filmmaker with a vision and with personal questions and personal stories to tell has always been what we strive for. What Ryan [Coogler] achieved in Black Panther is sort of above and beyond in terms of exactly how personal and how meaningful," he said.
"The notion that, if you tell a story in a personal way, put it on a big Marvel canvas, but can tell a deeply personal story, the world will respond, the world will come. We’ve been very lucky. That’s been true in a lot of our movies, but certainly, the way it was done on Black Panther trumps them all," he added.