"I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero."
Warning: This post contains mild Avengers: Endgame spoilers!
While promoting Avengers: Endgame, Brie Larson, whose Captain Marvel film earned over $1 billion worldwide, revealed how happy she is to be part of the push for diversity onscreen.
Speaking on Variety’s The Big Ticket, Brie said she’s found herself “surprisingly emotional” seeing the film’s impact on young girls.
“I’m happy to be on the forefront of the normalisation of this type of content and to prove once again that representation matters. Diverse storytelling matters, the female experience matters, and these are markers. It’s something I’ve always known and I think a lot of people always knew.”
She added, however, that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a long way to go when it comes to representations of certain groups, in particular, the LGBT community.
The host of the podcast told Brie he grew up thinking he’d never see an LGBT superhero, to which Brie said it “breaks [her] heart” that people would think that way.
“That breaks my heart to hear that, because there’s no reason.”
“I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero. So to me it’s like, we gotta move faster. But I’m always wanting to move faster with this stuff.”
“It wasn’t enough for me to just look strong on a poster … I feel like I can’t at the end of the day go to sleep at night if I didn’t do everything that I possibly could [to empower others].”
It comes after Endgame received backlash from fans for a very minor depiction of an LGBT character, played by director For Russo. In the scene, Russo’s character is in a support group for those who survived Thanos’ snap and speaks about going on a date with a man after losing his partner.
Speaking with Deadline, Rosso said he and his brother Anthony thought it was important that the first openly gay character in the MCU be played by one of them.
Joe said, “It was important to us as we did four of these films, we wanted a gay character somewhere in them. We felt it was important that one of us play him, to ensure the integrity and show it is so important to the filmmakers that one of us is representing that.”
Fans were disappointed by the cameo as producer Kevin Feige suggested an LGBT superhero would soon be appearing in the MCU.
Most were upset that it was made out to be a big deal and it was a small scene:
Others were happy there with the scene and said it was important for representation:
However, many fans thought Captain Marvel or Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie would be revealed as part of the LGBT community. Tessa actually said a scene confirming she was bisexual was cut from Thor: Rangarok.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Tessa confirmed they shot a scene where a woman walked out of Valkyrie’s bedroom but was cut as it “distracted from the scene’s vital exposition”.
Given the success of the first Captain Marvel film, we will likely see a sequel, so here’s hoping Marvel listens to their fans and the actors themselves!