The director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has hinted that the upcoming film might just feature an LGBT superhero.
James Gunn revealed the news when asked by the Press Association if he’d ever consider working a gay protagonist into the Guardians universe.
“Absolutely. I would love to be able to,” he told reporters at the movie’s world premiere in Hollywood. “We might have already done that. I say watch the movie. Check it out. See what you think.”
Gunn’s comments come after the recently released Power Rangers movie suggested that the Yellow Ranger might not be heterosexual, a move that was both celebrated and dismissed as tokenism.
Similarly, Beauty and the Beast’s much talked about gay moment, in which LeFou briefly acknowledges confusion over his feelings for Gaston, wasn’t exactly a huge win for progressive LGBT representation on the big screen.
If it’s true that the new Guardians film will feature an openly gay character, hopefully they’ll be nuanced and not treated simply as a diversity checkmark.
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel reprise their roles in the forthcoming sequel.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will hit U.S. theaters May 5.