The Marvel Cinematic Universe has featured the big screen debuts for a lot of prominent characters such as Black Panther, the Falcon, Ant-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Previously unseen on film, the diverse offering of superheroes both earthbound and alien has allowed had a huge impact on heroes on the screen.
But they’re making baby steps toward inclusion and diversity, having yet to feature a woman in a title role (Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and the Wasp are scheduled to hit theaters in the future), they also have yet to feature any LGBT characters with prominence.
Gunn clarified his comments to Digital Spy with a followup on the red carpet of the premier for his latest Marvel Studios movie, indicating that it could be any of the characters without a previously established preference.
What I meant to say is this: There are a lot of gay people in the world. There are a lot of bisexual people in the world. There are a lot of characters in the MCU. We've barely gotten to know the sexuality of any of those characters…
We know Gamora and Quill are interested in each other. That's about the only sexual relationship that exists within the Guardians. We know Drax has a past with a wife so he's got some sort of interest in women. But we don't really know who's gay and who's not. It could be any of them.
Guardians, like other Marvel Studios movies, don’t really dwell on the relationship antics of the characters aside from a tacked on “sexual tension-leads-to-kissing” storyline, which actually takes place in a lot of the movies. And it’s always a heterosexual development.
Hopefully Gunn expands on the possibility in the future, because the “maybe-sorta possibility of inclusion” and “inclusion” are not the same thing. It would go a long way to have something as simple and innocent as a “LeFou moment” like in Beauty and the Beast, despite how minor it was in the overall product.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters May 5.
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Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).