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No, Cara Delevingne And Ashley Benson Aren't Married, They Did Something Even Better

OK, this is awesome.

Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson are not married despite rumours suggesting they tied the knot in a secret ceremony at the Little Vegas Chapel in Las Vegas earlier this year.

The Sun on Sunday first broke the story and quoted the Chapel’s owner Michael Kelly who said the pair was “clearly devoted to each other”.

“They were sure about what they are doing and they were sure about what they mean to each other.

“They were clearly devoted to each other and they had the biggest smiles on their faces.

“You could see that they were serious about what they were doing but having the most fun. They wanted it simple, quiet and easy.”

The newspaper reported Charlize Theron, the Jonas Brothers and Sophie Turner witnessed the wedding and that the brides wore black.

However, E! News is reporting the pair did not get married, but instead had a “fun friendship ceremony”, which, I have to say, sounds 10,000 times better than a wedding.

No wonder they were having the time of their lives – they were celebrating their friendship and what they mean to each other! Friendship ceremonies should become a more mainstream thing, that’s all I’m saying!

The pair confirmed their relationship in June this year with an Instagram post. Cara told E! she didn’t really know why they decided to make their relationship public at that point.

“I don’t know (why now). Because it is Pride, it’s been 50 years since Stonewall happened,” she said.

The model also added, “I don’t know . . .  it’s been just about our one-year anniversary so, why not?”

A source told E! the pair has been living together for some time now, “This is Cara’s first real home in L.A. and they are really enjoying this time together. Ashley has never been in a relationship like this and is happier than she has ever been.”

“It’s a different type of relationship with a lot of understanding, support and loving communication.”

“They are very sweet and loving together. They are always doing simple nice things for each other and it all comes very easy and naturally. They are committed to one another and very much in love.”

Cara first came out as bisexual in 2015, telling Glamour magazine many people didn’t quite understand.

“Once I spoke about my sexual fluidity, people were like, ‘So you’re gay.’ And I’m like, ‘No, I’m not gay.’ A lot of the friends I have who are straight have such an old way of thinking. It’s, ‘So you’re just gay, right?’ [They] don’t understand it.”

“Someone is in a relationship with a girl one minute, or a boy is in a relationship with a boy, I don’t want them to be pigeonholed. Imagine if I got married to a man. Would people be like… ‘She lied to us!'”

Marvel Boss Kevin Feige Defends The Way Avengers: Endgame Handled Their First Openly Gay Character

"There’s much more prominent LGBT heroes in the future."

In recent months Kevin Feige has made it very clear that Marvel will be casting an increasingly diverse group of people and including more LGBT heroes in the near future.

While that’s great news, many fans were disappointed in how the studio handled their first openly gay character in Avengers: Endgame.

The character, who was played by co-director Joe Russo and was referred to as Grieving Man, appeared in a the grief counselling scene with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and spoke about the man he loved and lost in the Snap.

The mention was very casual and some may have even missed it if they weren’t paying attention.

Many fans saw a missed opportunity and were upset that the character was an unnamed man and featured as more of a cameo.

Speaking with Gizmodo, Feige addressed the disappointed fans, saying the Grieving Man wasn’t intended to be such a big deal in the MCU.

“That was never meant to be our first focused character. That was just meant to be a matter of fact and a matter of life and a matter of truth. And I liked it that our hero, Steve Rogers, doesn’t blink an eye at that fact.

“It is just truth and is heartbreaking for his loss and for the life he’s trying to put back together. It was never meant to be looked at as our first hero. I guess it’s the first reference so it does, of course, get a lot of attention.

“We haven’t been shy about saying that that’s coming and that there’s much more prominent LGBT heroes in the future.”

While it wasn’t meant to be as big a deal as it became, this was likely because the day before the film’s release Deadline shared the news of the character as a “mild spoiler” with the consent of the filmmakers. This was a big deal considering the whole #DontSpoilTheEndgame stuff in the lead up to the film’s release.

At the time, Joe and Anthony Russo said “representation is really important” to them and after doing four MCU movies they “really wanted a gay character somewhere in them”.

So, it’s unsurprising fans were pretty excited to find out more about this character and then felt a little let down when they saw the scene.

Victoria Alonso, Marvel’s executive vice-president of production, told Vulture recently the studio is “determined” to include a diverse roster of heroes, villains and supporting characters moving forward.

Casting director Sarah Halley Finn, who has worked on every Marvel film since Iron Man in 2008, also said we’ll be seeing a lot of new faces very soon.

“You’re gonna see even more new faces — and faces from all different backgrounds, all ages, all ethnicities, LGBTQ, people who are differently abled.”

Feige also told the publication at the time they are open to changing the established genders, ethnicities and sexualities of their comic characters for the film versions. They have done this already with characters like Heimdall, played by Idris Elba, and Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson.

Considering how many people watch Marvel films, it’s so important that the studio follows through with this promise.

After all, with great power comes great responsibility.

It's Not Just Us, The Captain Marvel Directors Want To See A Crossover With Valkyrie Too

Please make this happen.

Following Avengers: Endgame, where we saw Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel interacting with present day heroes, fans have been asking for Captain Marvel to team up and couple up with Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and it seems Marvel is taking note.

Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck spoke to CinemaBlend about the potential for the two heroes pairing up and whether it’s something they’d want to see. And like everyone else, their answer is yes.

Fleck said, “There’s been a lot of… look, I have no idea what the plans are for the future. But the speculation online about Carol and Valkyrie teaming up, I think, is a pretty cool, pretty cool idea.”

With Boden adding, “She’s one of my favorite women of Marvel.”

If Boden and Fleck are chosen to direct Captain Marvel 2, it does sound promising that Valkyrie will make an appearance. If it doesn’t happen in the sequel, we just hope it’s only a matter of time before the heroes pair up.

ComicBook.com spoke to Captain Marvel producer Mary Livanos and it seems she’s also getting excited about the idea of pair teaming up.

“There’s the Brie Tessa Thompson love going on online which is fun to see.”

“It’s so charming and so fun to see the actor’s themselves get excited about the potential mashup so that as a creative makes you start thinking.”

We don’t want to get too excited too early, but this could really be happening!

Tessa has previously taken to Twitter to reveal Valkyrie in the films is, indeed, bisexual like she is in the comics.

Thompson revealed in a profile in Rolling Stone she asked Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi to give her a scene where a woman walks out of Valkyrie’s bedroom, however, it eventually had to be cut.

While that scene got cut, Thompson did reveal there’s a subtle moment in the film alluding to Valkyrie’s love for another woman in a flashback scene where Cate Blanchett’s Goddess of Death murders the rest of Valkyrie’s clan.

She said, “There’s a great shot of me falling back from one of my sisters who’s just been slain. In my mind, that was my lover.”

Brie Larson has also shown enthusiasm for the MCU to include more LGBTQ representation and Marvel’s casting director Sarah Halley Finn recently said it is their priority to increase representation.

“You’re gonna see even more new faces — and faces from all different backgrounds, all ages, all ethnicities, LGBTQ, people who are differently abled.”

If this is the case, Phase 4 of the Marvel films is looking to be pretty damn good!

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