Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige was in an interview with The Playlist for Ant-Man and The Wasp, and he said that they plan to reveal not one, but, two LGBTQ characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to him, one of them is an already established character, and the other hasn’t yet debuted on the big screen.
In response to a question about the involvement of LGBTQ characters, Feige simply replied, “Yes.” When asked if the character has already been seen in the movies, he said, “Both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen.”
The existing character referred by Feige might be Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) from Thor: Ragnarok. The film didn’t reveal it, but, the actress had confirmed Valkyrie’s sexuality to a fan on Twitter. “She’s bi,” Thompson wrote. “And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play!”
Earlier, Feige had said that he expected to see an LGBT character in MCU by 2025, although, James Gunn, the writer/director of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 indicated that they are already a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“You know, somebody asked me, ‘Will there be any gay characters in Marvel movies?’ and what I meant was there’s a lot of characters in the MCU and very few of them that we’ve delved into what their sexuality is,” he said in May 2017. “Whether it’s gay or straight or bisexual, we don’t really know. Um, so I imagine that there are probably, you know, gay characters in the Marvel universe, you know, we just don’t know who they are yet.”
As far as the identity of the new character is concerned, the Phase 3 has only three movies left where a new character could debut, and they are Ant-Man and The Wasp, Captain Marvel and Avengers 4. For the phase 4, only Spider-Man: Far From Home(sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming)and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 have been confirmed so far.
The proposed future MCU movies include an Eternals film, a Black Panther sequel, and a Black Widow film, so there is no lack of opportunities for Marvel to keep their promise and add more diversity to its heroes and villains in the future.