It's about time, no?
Rumors are circulating that Marvel is looking to make its first film about an openly gay superhero, saying that "the world is ready"--finally, in 2019. Honey, the world has been ready.
Amid rumours that the studio is looking to cast an openly gay actor for an upcoming project, fans are hopeful this means we will be getting the real deal on screen.
"Our entire success is based on people that are incredibly different. Why wouldn't we? Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person?" Victoria Alonso, Marvel's production chief, told Variety at the Los Angeles premiere of Captain Marvel on Wednesday.
"Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive. If we don't do it that way for them, we will fail. If we don't put pedal to the metal on the diversity and the inclusivity, we will not have continued success."
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So Marvel is casting a gay super hero and they want an openly gay actor to play him. Who should they cast?— Zac Walker (@Zac Walker)1551754018.0
It's about time. #Marvel https://t.co/riqAKxtwy2— GOAT (@GOAT)1551930427.0
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The Marvel lexicon includes a few openly gay superheroes already.
Iceman, of the X-Men, was outed in a comic in 2015 as being openly gay:
And then, of course, there are boyfriends Wiccan and Hulkling, aka, the most adorable couple to ever set foot in a comic book:
@MCU_Tweets @MCUUpdate @MarvelStudios Time for Wiccan and Hulkling! https://t.co/cLe8Mlduxd— Daniel Worley (@Daniel Worley)1551999281.0
@MCU_Tweets @MarvelStudios Young Avengers! Wiccan and Hulkling would be cool!— Benjamin Codona (@Benjamin Codona)1551981491.0
📷 Wiccan and Hulkling by LucianoVecchio https://t.co/hKiHQPy93J— The Merry Marvelite (@The Merry Marvelite)1551290062.0
And then, of course, Northstar, who made history when he came out in 1992:
Happy Pride Month🥂~❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 (I cheated and threw some quick colors on my New Year's piece!) Marvel's Northstar and… https://t.co/HCNsuazpLy— Nick Robles ECCC Y4 (@Nick Robles ECCC Y4)1527878266.0
The film that Marvel is reportedly looking to cast, The Eternals, "a group of lesser-known immortal superheroes who were created by the godlike Celestials," is said to be searching for an openly gay 30-49 year old man to play a key role.
We are so impatient! We want it now!
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I heard @Marvel @MarvelStudios was looking for their first openly gay superhero... https://t.co/dKgDZnsoos— Santwon (@Santwon)1551786543.0
So just read an article that @Marvel is looking to cast its first openly gay character in The Eternals! First off,… https://t.co/atUkP5g2Vg— Daniel L Crayton (@Daniel L Crayton)1551853168.0
@Marvel I’m an openly gay actor also a CrossFit Coach who’s all in for playing a gay superhero! 👍🏼— Juan Alvarez Ferrario (@Juan Alvarez Ferrario)1551812978.0
@Kevfeige I nominate @MattBomer for the new openly gay superhero.— 𝓑𝓻𝓪𝓭 𝓟𝓲𝓽𝓽 𝓪𝓽𝓮 𝓶𝔂 𝓼𝓪𝓷𝓭𝔀𝓲𝓬𝓱 (@𝓑𝓻𝓪𝓭 𝓟𝓲𝓽𝓽 𝓪𝓽𝓮 𝓶𝔂 𝓼𝓪𝓷𝓭𝔀𝓲𝓬𝓱)1551731161.0
Netflix's Umbrella Academy has introduced an openly gay super-character named Klaus Hargreeves (aka The Séance), and the DC television universe includes several queer characters. The audience is built and we are ready for some gay crime-fighting.
Next on our list? Star Wars. Because, gays in space. Plus, when you have that Poe Dameron energy:
I mean, come on.