A Marvel producer has reiterated the studio’s promise to include more LGBTQ characters in future Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) projects.
Speaking to Variety on the red carpet for the Hollywood premiere of Black Widow, Victoria Alonso, Marvel’s executive vice president of film production, confirmed there is more queer representation in the works.
“It takes time, we have so many stories that we can tell,” she told the outlet. “We will empower those that are [LGBTQ]. We’re not changing anything. We’re just showing the world who these people are, who these characters are. … There’s a lot that we have coming up that I think will be representative of the world of today.”
Alonso’s answer comes on the heels of reports that Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston), whose eponymous spinoff series recently hit Disney+, was confirmed to be bisexual onscreen. He is the first canonically queer superhero in the MCU’s 13-year history, according to Men’s Health.
In the past, MCU actor Tessa Thompson — who has played Valkyrie, a hero who is bisexual in the comics, in multiple Thor films — has said she was “faithful to that” in her portrayal. However, Valkyrie’s queerness has yet to be depicted onscreen in an MCU film. (In fact, Marvel actually cut a scene that explicitly addressed Valkyrie’s sexual orientation from 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.)
Asked by Variety about the decision to make Loki canonically queer, Alonso, who’d worked on the series, was frank:
I have to be honest with you, it’s not a big deal. It is what it is when it suits the character. We’re not going to do it because it’s politically correct or incorrect. It is what it is. Don’t forget, we follow our comics. We try to follow them quite to the tee. So in the comics. this is who he was.
“We’re not going to nail it in the first movie or the second movie or third movie, or the first show or second show,” she added, “but we will do our best to consistently try to represent.”
Main image: Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel Studios’ Loki, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.