• The Rainbow Sledgehammer Beats Down the MCU

    Surge Summary: Confirmed: The Marvel Cinematic Universe will be introducing openly LGBTQ characters in the next phase of their movies.

    Because LGBTQ advocacy just has to be … EVERYWHERE …

    Paisley Gilmour/Cosmopolitan write:

    Marvel has confirmed there will be LGBTQ+ characters in MCU Phase Four films.

    Additionally, Thor: Love and Thunder – the next installment in the Norse superhero’s next cinematic adventures — and Eternals will feature explicitly “queer” characters.

    Tessa Thompson who portrays the swashbuckling Valkyrie has opened up about her bisexual character’s search for a same-sex partner in Thor 4. (Of course she did! – the LGBTQ-all-day-all-the-time enthusiasts can’t shut up about the libidinous and/or
    “identity” escapades of those who prefer same-sex stuff.)

    “If you’re anything like me,” Gilmour pens [ and, by the way, I’m not]

    you will have spent the last few years reading into every tiny interaction between potentially queer Marvel characters in a desperate attempt to reveal some kind of LGBTQ+ subplot. Ever since Thor: Ragnarok introduced Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, we’ve been hoping we’re finally going to get the bisexual hero we deserve. Although the character is explicitly bisexual in the comicsher sexuality never actually made it into the MCU. Tessa Thompson even said a scene where a woman leaves her bedroom was cut out of Ragnarok – which led to all sorts of call outs about Marvel’s apparent queerbaiting.

    So, the powers-that-be snipped out an implied lesbian scene? Oh, the horror!

    Then we had Captain Marvel and LGBTQ+ fans … convinced we were finally getting a queer love story between Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel and her best friend

    Right. That definitely ruined what would have, otherwise, been a superhero masterpiece.


    The film’s directors finally commented on Carol Danvers’ sexuality, but we’re still yet to actually see an out LGBTQ+ person in any Marvel movie. Until now…

    Yep, Marvel’s 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panel happened this weekend and so much exciting info about the upcoming Phase Four films was announced that gay Twitter cannot cope.

    Some people are easily delighted, it seems.

    Speaking on the panel, Tessa Thompson said Valkyrie will of course be back for Thor: Love and Thunder. She’ll be representing the “King of Asgard” who is “looking for her “Queen”

    Get it, she’s a woman (am I allowed to notice that?). But she’s also a “King” and she’s looking for a “Queen” – in both meaning of that term, sort of, I guess …?

    “Bisexuals and queer fans everywhere are naturally very bloody excited,” exults Gilmour. And there’s this:

    Many others got super swept up in the idea that Valkyrie’s queen could be Jane Foster aka Natalie Portman, who has also been announced as the first ever female Thor in the upcoming film. IKR, what a day to be gay.

    For those quivering with dread this all might be only a tantalizing but misleading rumor? More good news for you!

    Collider was savvy enough to get double confirmation from the Marvel president.

    Double confirmation!!

    Collider asked if Valkyrie will be explicitly LGBTQ+ in Thor: Love and Thunder. The response was, “Yes that’s the case, and will be the case not just with [Valkyrie] but with other characters in some of the movies we talked about today.”

    Further confirmed: another “out” LGBTQ+ character is on the way in the upcoming Eternals. That film will star Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, and Salma Hayek, introducing a storyline revolving around a bunch of immortals.

    Gilmour closes:

    Obviously, this is a huge deal for queer Marvel fans. And every time I think about it I shed a tiny tear. Thank you Marvel, because: at bloody last.

    So, as with the salacious and profanity-ridden Deadpool films and the latest foul-mouthed Wolverine offering (Logan) we are seeing an extension of a lousy trend: A formerly family-friendly genre is currently hurtling toward inappropriateness, corruption and shabbiness. There was scuttlebutt a few years ago that Captain America was going to “come out” at some point — a storyline that, thankfully, never materialized.

    Yet, here we are in 2019 facing similar possibilities — or, supposedly in this case, actualities  …

    We should have known the glancing (and unnecessary) introduction in Avengers: Endgame of a homosexual civilian character lamenting the loss of his lover in the aftermath of Thanos’ snap, waouldn’t be enough to satisfy the erotic anarchy crusaders.  Five percent – tops! – of the population lays claim to one of the “sex/gender” alphabet soup designations but, blast it!, they must be paraded everywhere, in every context, every genre, unrelentingly.

    Keep it up, Marvel. You’re on the cusp of knee-capping something that’s been entertaining for millions of moviegoers and profitable – in the billions! – for you.

    Image: Screen Shot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwfXc7KMwjw

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