Queer representation on TV is wildly important. From beloved characters like David and Patrick from Schitt's Creek to Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, there's something truly validating and comforting about seeing characters you actually relate to on the big screen (or, sometimes, on your laptop screen).
Sometimes, however, characters who could've been queer icons for a generation, or even just spark a litttttle realization for a soon-to-be baby gay, unfortunately, end up getting scrapped.
Here are nine TV and movie characters who were alllllmost queer, but didn't make it into the final cut:
1. Writer James Gunn revealed that Velma — played by Linda Cardellini — was gay in the first draft of the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo movie, but the studio was hesitant.
In a now-deleted tweet, he said, "In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous, then nothing & finally [her] having a boyfriend [in the sequel]."
2. Melody Pendras — from the Netflix series Archive 81, based on the scripted podcast of the same name — was originally a queer character who was straightwashed by the on-screen adaptation.
In the podcast, Melody has a wife she's been married to for 20 years. In the show, her queerness is never addressed and she does not have a wife. She does, however, have romantic encounters with male characters, like an occultist, Samuel.
3. Actor Jessica Cauffiel — aka Margot from Legally Blonde — revealed that the original ending of the movie suggested that Elle and Vivian ended up together, not her and Emmett.
She told the New York Times, "The first ending was Elle and Vivian in Hawaii in beach chairs, drinking margaritas and holding hands. The insinuation was either they were best friends or they had gotten together romantically."
Fellow Legally Blonde actor, Alanna Ubach, claims to recall the ending as well, but screenwriter Karen McCullah says they never wrote that. Either way, I would very much like for it to exist, please and thanks.
4. While Valkyrie's sexuality is more directly addressed in Thor: Love and Thunder, the scene in Thor: Ragnarok (the Thor movie before it) that confirmed her bisexuality was cut out.
Originally, there was a scene showing a woman walking out of Valkyrie's bedroom, which writer and director Taika Waititi kept in the film "as long as he could," but it ultimately was cut "because it distracted from the scene's vital exposition."
Tessa Thompson told Rolling Stone she personally pitched to maintain Valkyrie's bisexuality in the movie, and what couldn't be done explicitly, she tried to do through her portrayal of the character. She went on to explain, “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.”
5. When Andrew Garfield was playing Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man movies, he was a very vocal champion for Spider-Man to be bisexual in the movies, like his comic book counterpart. However, the studio was not so understanding.
Andrew told the Independent, "There was an interview I gave where I said, ‘Why can’t Peter explore his bisexuality in his next film? Why can’t [his girlfriend] MJ be a guy?’ I was then put under a lot of pressure to retract that and apologize for saying something that is a legitimate thing to think and feel. So I said, ‘OK, so you want me to make sure that we get the bigots and the homophobes to buy their tickets?'"
Andrew's third Spider-Man film was never made, and Stan Lee responded to Andrew's comments at a 2013 FandomFest panel, laughing while saying "He's becoming bisexual? Who have you been talking to? Seriously, I don't know anything about that. And if it's true, I'm going to make a couple of phone calls. I figure one sex is enough for anybody."
Andrew made his return to the big screen as Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home and all I have to say is...Marvel...I think we and Andrew deserve bi Spider-Man.