Brie Larson Said Marvel Movies Need Better LGBT Representation After Fans Were Disappointed With The MCU's First Openly Gay Character

    "To me it’s like, we gotta move faster. But I’m always wanting to move faster with this stuff."

    🚨🚨🚨 WARNING!!! 🚨🚨🚨 This post contains very mild spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. If you're opposed to being spoiled even the tiniest bit, look away now.

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    I'm sure you'll know by now that Avengers: Endgame was finally released last week, and that means the cast have been doing a LOT of press. That includes Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson.

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    During a recent episode of Variety's The Big Ticket podcast, Brie was asked how she felt about the massive success of Captain Marvel, which became the highest-grossing female-led superhero movie ever, earning over $1 billion worldwide.

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    Brie said she's happy to be such a big part of the push for diversity onscreen, and said she's found the film's impact on young girls "surprisingly emotional".

    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.

    However, she also said that she believes the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a long way to go when it comes to representations of certain groups — in particular, the LGBT community.

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    When the host of the podcast admitted he grew up thinking he'd never see an LGBT superhero, Brie said it "breaks [her] heart" that anyone would think that way.

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    "That breaks my heart to hear that, because there’s no reason," she said. "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]," Brie went on.

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    Her comments come after Avengers: Endgame received backlash for its very minor depiction of the first ever canonically LGBT character in a Marvel film.

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    The film features a short cameo from director Joe Russo, who appears as part of a support group for post-Thanos snap survivors and uses male pronouns to describe a date he recently went on.

    In an interview with Deadline, Russo said the directors thought it was important that the first openly gay character in the MCU was played by one of them: "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."

    Many fans were disappointed by the cameo, particularly considering producer Kevin Feige recently suggested an LGBT superhero would be appearing in the MCU soon.

    Marvel : "We're introducing an openly gay character to the MCU in #AvengersEndgame " Reality: A minor character without a name played by Joe Russo with 5 sec on screen and 1 line... Marvel:

    And while some people said the appearance of a gay character, however small, was an important step forward for representation...

    Also #Avengers related: did anyone catch the gay man in the beginning talking about his experiences and going on dates during the focus group? RE 👏 PRE 👏 SEN 👏 TA 👏 TION 👏 MAT 👏 TERS

    The majority of people think it wasn't enough, especially as it was made to seem like a huge deal.

    y’all added a gay cameo who was JOE RUSSO HIMSELF in the movie just so you guys can say you had a gay character in it 😭 you really are doing the most lmfaoo acting like you saved the MCU bc of a cameo... get out of here https://t.co/NN5mPysdQH

    Russos: how do we show we fuck with the gays Us: make one of the 50+ superheros openly queer because its important and statistically more correct than all being straight Joe russo: ooh you know what imma make this useless scene and play gay Im so strong for this

    "After 22 films we thought an openly gay, completely anonymous character should have three full lines of dialogue."

    @ComicBookNOW Us: Oh my gosh!! A real gay Avenger/side character who is a real character with a story and background, not replacable extra 48 Them:

    In fact, a lot of people said they expected Captain Marvel or Valkyrie to be revealed as LGBT — especially considering Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie, has said a scene confirming her character's bisexuality was cut from Thor: Ragnarok.

    Yeah so they really went out of their way to have Joe Russo play a gay character when Carol Danvers and Valkyrie were in the same movie huh? #AvengersEndgame

    And now Brie has said she wants LGBT representation in the MCU to "move faster", people are calling for Marvel to make Carol Danvers canonically gay.

    Dear marvel... How about saying you want to put a gay character in the franchise, with you then putting in a character with 0 traits who just so happens to be gay (and has less than 5 minutes on screen), actually make one who can be an icon (captain marvel / Valkyrie etc)

    i saw captain marvel finally and imma just say @ marvel,, make carol canonically gay or face my wrath

    marvel should just make captain marvel gay (brie larson is literally begging for her to be gay) and wait for the gay rep that comes with wiccan and hulkling instead of including a scene featuring Man #22 and making him gay and calling it representation

    the russo brothers: hmm... how can we add lgbt+ representation to endgame brie larson: make me gay rb: gee i just have no idea how we can make one of these characters gay! brie larson: captain marvel is a lesbian rb: brie larson: rb: let’s use a background character!

    Let's see what happens in the (as yet unannounced) Captain Marvel sequel, ladies! 🏳️‍🌈

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    Representatives for Joe and Anthony Russo have been contacted for comment.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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