Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a film and television franchise based to varying degrees on Marvel Comics.
The franchise includes the following existing and upcoming films:
- Iron Man (2008)
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)
- Iron Man 2 (2010)
- Thor (2011)
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- The Avengers (2012)
- Iron Man 3 (2013)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Ant-Man (2015)
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Doctor Strange (2016)
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
- Black Panther (2018)
- Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 (2018)
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
- Captain Marvel (2019)
- Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2 (2019)
The franchise includes the following current and upcoming TV shows:
- Agent Carter
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Cloak and Dagger
- Iron Fist
- Jessica Jones
- Luke Cage
- The Defenders
Marvel Franchises Not Considered Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
There are no openly LGBT characters in the films to date.
The television shows include several LGBT characters, most prominently lesbian Jeri Hogarth (Carrie Anne Moss) in Jessica Jones, and Joey Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba), a gay recurring character on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In a June 2015 interview with Collider, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated that the MCU could add an LGBT character "within the next decade."
In an interview with Collider in May 2016, Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War and are slated to direct the upcoming Infinity Wars movies, stated that the chances of an LGBT character in the MCU are "strong."
Joe Russo said:
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.
Anthony Russo added that the massive success of Marvel makes it easier to take these kinds of 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.
The lack of LGBT representation onscreen has led to numerous fan campaigns calling for existing characters, including Peter Parker, Steve Rogers, and Peggy Carter, to come out as LGBT or new LGBT characters to be added. For example, on May 24, 2016, fans got #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend trending on Twitter.
Slash and/or femslash fanworks are also popular for nearly all Marvel properties. Of the more than 130,000 works tagged "Marvel Cinematic Universe" on the popular fanfiction archive An Archive of Our Own (AO3) as of May 2016, more than 58,000 are tagged as m/m slash and more than 7,500 as femslash. The most popular pairings include:
- Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes (more than 18,000 works tagged on AO3)
- Steve Rogers/Tony Stark (more than 15,000 works tagged on AO3)
- Clint Barton/Phil Coulson (more than 8,700 works tagged on AO3)
- Thor/Loki (more than 6400 works tagged on AO3)
- Tony Stark/Loki (more than 5500 works tagged on AO3)
- Tony Stark/Bruce Banner (more than 3,100 works tagged on AO3)
- Peggy Carter/Angie Martinelli (more than 1600 works tagged on AO3)
- Daisy Johnson/Jemma Simmons (more than 1100 works tagged on AO3)
- Matt Murdock/Foggy Nelson (more than 1000 works tagged on AO3)
- Natasha Romanoff/Pepper Potts (more than 700 works tagged on AO3)
- Jessica Jones/Trish Walker (more than 180 works tagged on AO3)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe on AO3
- #GiveElsaAGirlfriend and #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend are symptomatic of Disney’s major LGBT problem
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