Anthony and Joe Russo have said there’s a “strong” chance that an LGBT character will be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
The ‘Captain America: Civil War’ directors also spoke about taking risks - even percieved Hollywood risks, like introducing a gay character - and how the MCU’s continued success makes taking those risks easier.
“I think the chances are strong. I mean,” Joe Russo told Collider. “It’s sad in the way that Hollywood lags behind other industries so significantly, one because you think that it would be a progressive industry, and two it’s such a visible industry.
"So I think it’s important that on all fronts we keep pushing for diversification because then the storytelling becomes more interesting, more rich, and more truthful.”
Marvel Studios has been slow to diversify its cinematic offering in terms of leading characters and which of them get their own films - but it is still making progress quicker than other major studios.
In February 2018 'Black Panther’ will become the first film in the MCU led by a person of colour, then in 2018 Evangeline Lilly’s character becomes the first woman to become a title character in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp’ before 'Captain Marvel’ becomes the first woman to star in her own solo movie in 2019.
As for an LGBT character, it’s going to be a while before one gets their own film, but the Russo’s 'Avengers: Infinity War’ parts one and two might afford Marvel the opportunity to start diversifying even more.
“I think this is a philosophy of Marvel,“ Anthony Russo said when asked about taking risks. "There’s a lot of unconventional ideas in 'Civil War’ in terms of what people’s expectations of a superhero movie are, but I think we were able to do that because 'Winter Soldier’ worked and Marvel’s been working in general, so there’s more of a boldness in terms of what you can try and where you can go.
"So I think that’s very hopeful for all of us moving forward that bolder and bolder choices can be made.”
The Russos will continue work on the next two 'Avengers’ films following their press tour for 'Civil War’. Those films will enter production some time in the next 12 months.
Picture Credits: Marvel Studios.