Compared to DC Comics, Marvel are a little behind when it comes to represent queer characters in their comics.
However, speaking at an Ant-Man press day, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige gave a vague promise to when a LGBTI character will appear in a superhero film.
He said he ‘would think’ a LGBTI character will appear ‘in the next decade or sooner’.
Well in the drawing board going up to 2019 it remains to be seen. The comics always make the path that we get to have the fun of saying, ” Yeah let’s choose this way or let’s choose this way’, and I think there are a lot of cool things happening in the comics now that – it’s usually a five to 10-year cycle between when something happens in the comics and when we can do it in the movie, sometimes a little less, but Civil War is certainly about the ten-year mark. Winter Soldier, I think, was around that time.
So we always look at stuff that’s happening in the comics and go, “Where could we do that?” Sometimes it’s sooner, but there’s no reason why that couldn’t happen in the next decade or sooner.”
While the X-Men films are largely seen as a parable to the LGBTI community, this was dropped when Bryan Singer stopped directing them. Marvel has yet to screen a blockbuster led by a female superhero.
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However, for inspiration, they could look at Mystique – a bisexual X-Men villain, or the recent outing of Iceman in the comics.
The Young Avengers’ Wiccan and Hulkling are also a popular same-sex couple with the fans.