Saying that the Marvel Universe films have been successful is kinda like saying that Mount Everest is a bit high, as each of their six films since The Avengers grossed over $500m worldwide.
This trend of huge success for the Marvel films probably won’t be ending any time soon, especially now that Captain America Civil War has come out to glowing reviews. Naturally, with huge success there is a lot of pressure to perform, but there is also the space and comfort to explore risky ideas.
One question that the team over at Marvel Studios have heard a lot over the last few years, is whether or not we’ll see an LGBT character in one of the Marvel films. Joe and Anthony Russo discussed this very topic recently with Collider, and their answer was very promising.
“I think the chances are strong. I mean, it’s incumbent upon us as storytellers who are making mass-appeal movies to make mass-appeal movies, and to diversify as much as possible. 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.”
Now, there is definitely an arguement to be made that Marvel might be unwilling to take this risk, given that their films will naturally be airing in places like China and Russia which still have discrimination against LGBT people. But, apparently, it is the very success of Marvel that gives them breathing room to take risks.
“I think this is a philosophy of Marvel, in success it becomes easier to take 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.”
That certainly sounds hopeful, so let’s cross our fingers and hope for an interesting, well written LGBT character in Marvel soon!