Captain Marvel may be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest female star, but simply commanding her own movie and having no faults or weaknesses to speak of isn’t enough for the social justice warriors; Captain Marvel must also openly embrace the LGBT lifestyle.
Comic book and nerd culture site, CBR.com, has published an extensive dive into the subject on its website, suggesting that “revealing Captain Marvel as gay would be a winning move for Disney, and an important step forward for the MCU.”
The piece argues that the MCU should embrace “progressive storytelling” more fully after “Avengers: Endgame,” the conclusion to the “Infinity War” saga, and the end of the first generation of Marvel superhero films — and by “progressive storytelling,” it’s apparent they mean targeting specific quotas rather than genuine inclusiveness. Since Marvel already has successful minority superhero franchises (“Black Panther”) and a moderately successful female-led franchise (“Captain Marvel”), it’s simply time to check the next box.
“The Brie Larson-helmed film has opened the door for the studio to make an even bigger statement by presenting the new face of the MCU as a straight-up LGBT character,” CBR opines. “Why can’t the strongest Avenger out there, the one who’s leading the new era of Marvel movies, be gay?”
“The general audience has embraced the hero’s progressive style and what she stands for, inspiring girls and women globally,” they continue. “By making her queer, the studio would jump to the forefront of gay rights everywhere. By presenting Carol Danvers as a feminist, a strong woman, and a hero with an unbreakable will who just so happens to be an LGBT representative would be a remarkable way to help shape the MCU’s future.”
In the comic books, of course, Captain Marvel isn’t LGBT — and worse, her taste in love interests is varied (at best) and weird (at worst). She’s hooked up with everyone from Wonder Man to Wolverine for brief arcs, and at one time dated her mentor, Mar-Vell (played by Annette Bening in the movie, in a cynical casting decision that seemed to underscore Marvel’s intent to make the Captain Marvel franchise as “female-led” as possible).
In fact, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told reporters last week that Captain Marvel is deliberately love-interest free in order to stress the importance of her friendships and mentorships.
“Well that was something as we were developing the script and queuing off of the comics as always, it never even occurred to have a love interest,” Feige said. “That’s not what the movie was about. It was about Carol finding herself and growing and making mistakes and being bolstered up by her female mentors and female friends.”
An LGBT plotline might have gotten in the way of Carol Danvers’ more realistic human relationships, or tasked Captain Marvel with defeating the Patriarchy and not, say, the enemies of humanity. It’s an unnatural development for the character to take her in a different direction, no matter how much a temporary “progressive” win might mean to Marvel Studios (probably not a lot).
That’s not to say that Marvel doesn’t have a host of other options when it comes to potential LGBT characters. Marvel Studios is rumored to be considering an LGBT lead for its upcoming film adaptation of “The Eternals,” and now that Disney and Sony have merged, the full range of Marvel superheros is available to Marvel Studios, meaning producers and directors don’t have to shoehorn a straight character into an LGBT role.