A Marvel film boss has addressed the “frustration” about the failure to include visible LGBT characters in the film universe. Despite featuring hundreds of characters across its 20 blockbuster films to date, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has never featured a visible LGBT character, despite many in the source comic books on which the films are based.
Several of the films, including Thor: Ragnarok, did have characters who were intended to be LGBT – but all references to their sexuality have unfailingly ended up on the cutting room floor. It has been alleged that Disney bosses are concerned that LGBT content may harm the MCU’s global box office takings, as the blockbuster films rely on a wide release in markets where censors ban mention of homosexuality.
Stephen Broussard, a producer on Ant-Man and the Wasp who has worked on MCU films since 2011, addressed the frustration. Asked about LGBT characters by Den of Geek, he said: “For sure, you will see that. “I know it can be frustrating if you’re part of a group that wants to see more representation and the answer is always ‘stay tuned’ – I can imagine that that’s frustrating – but that is happening behind the scenes, you’re going to be seeing that more and more. Representation across individual groups in the years ahead.”