It only took the Marvel Cinematic Universe close to 20 years to introduce an openly gay character, but was it just a cop-out?
None of the major characters are that character, so there's the first disappointing news.
Endgame director Joe Russo portrays the character, who is attending a support group with Captain America/Steve Rogers early on in the movie, talking about his recent date with another man.
Not a spoiler, but I think the most significant thing about Avengers Endgame was the fact that it's the first MCU f… https://t.co/cBVwsGlowF— Kristian Johns (@Kristian Johns)1556449866.0
Also #Avengers related: did anyone catch the gay man in the beginning talking about his experiences and going on da… https://t.co/hc0wQ8rwwI— tylerMcSilva(); (@tylerMcSilva();)1556414727.0
But... is that it?
This character has no name, nor even a full role in the film. He is there for a moment, just to confirm that in Marvel's alternate version of earth, yes, the gays exist.
But that's not a realistic representation of our own world, where one in ten people are gay, nor a realistic representation of the Marvel universe as a whole, which has at least 28 known gay characters. And, Deadpool 2 gave us a whole lesbian relationship between Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio.
"After 22 films we thought an openly gay, completely anonymous character should have three full lines of dialogue."— Scott Weinberg (@Scott Weinberg)1556398779.0
I love #endgame and I admire these directors but hoo boy is this a tone-deaf moment.— Scott Weinberg (@Scott Weinberg)1556399710.0
*VERY SLIGHT AVENGERS ENDGAME SPOILER* I'm still laughing that the first openly gay person in MCU is a stranger in a grieving session— Dan the Dancer ✨ (@Dan the Dancer ✨)1556402425.0
@mashable THIS “CHARACTER” has NOTHING TO ADD TO THE STORY LMAO STOP WITH YOUR GOD DAMN CLICKBAIT TITLES. 🚨*SPOILER… https://t.co/zzhseQrJZD— 🏳️🌈Wren Auben (@🏳️🌈Wren Auben)1556457882.0
@BeatsbyTre_ @mashable We're not upset over the lack of representation, we're upset over the amount of attention th… https://t.co/PWW2M0ZXBt— Cam (@Cam)1556466413.0
And Russo really did pat himself on the back for this one.
Representation is really important. 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.
.....Or they could have cast a gay person to play that role.
@ComicBookNOW The Russo brothers: https://t.co/2JfL086McL— Toño ⚡ (@Toño ⚡)1556285791.0
@ComicBookNOW The “””gay representation””” was literally there for like 5 seconds smh why do straight ppl applaud t… https://t.co/uZUw3ZPZJp— Arielle not ariel (@Arielle not ariel)1556263928.0
@ComicBookNOW It was so disappointing, I’m genuinely disgusted by the fact they clearly think they did something with that 🤧😤— ℂ𝕒𝕥𝕠𝕟𝕜𝕒 | Saw Endgame (@ℂ𝕒𝕥𝕠𝕟𝕜𝕒 | Saw Endgame)1556267388.0
@ComicBookNOW Did they really, though? Because kinda not. https://t.co/HrYoWcdETO— EowynOakheart (@EowynOakheart)1556261871.0
Gay people didn't even have a film focusing on a gay teenage romance before Love, Simon in 2018.
Dangling representation in front of us like this, when we've had to wait too long for it in the first place, is not sitting well.
@ComicBookNOW https://t.co/4cZrmOcFFJ— (ENDGAME SPOILERS) The Asset's Cargo Pants (@(ENDGAME SPOILERS) The Asset's Cargo Pants)1556266193.0
@ComicBookNOW whole cap and bucky relationship was gayer than that— vale; je suis calme (@vale; je suis calme)1556334689.0
@ComicBookNOW That character isn’t a character at all but a glorified extra. Ridiculous. I missed it entirely when… https://t.co/Sex5pmWCjV— Infinite Pizza (@Infinite Pizza)1556364897.0
@ComicBookNOW https://t.co/TKsMS0NTEC— Taylor⍟ Saw Endgame (@Taylor⍟ Saw Endgame)1556313275.0
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that two LGBTQ characters were on their way — "both ones you've seen and ones you haven't seen." So who might those be?
"The world is ready, the world is ready," said production chief Victoria Alonso, about an LGBTQ superhero.
But the thing is, we've always been here. Whether or not straight people have deemed themselves "ready."