Will “Avengers: Infinity War” finally feature a gay Avenger? The directors of “Captain America: Civil War” seems to hope so.
“I think the chances are strong,” Joe Russo told Collider. “I mean, it’s incumbent upon us…to make mass-appeal movies and to diversify as much as possible.” Joe’s brother and co-director, Anthony Russo, agrees. He says, “bolder choices” can be made because of how successful Marvel movies have been so far.
“[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,” Anthony explained. “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.”
Joe also hinted that it might be time to introduce a gay Avenger. “It’s sad in the way that Hollywood lags behind other industries. One, because you think that it would be a progressive industry. And two, it’s such a visible industry,” Joe said. “So I think it’s important that on all fronts we keep pushing for diversification…[With more diverse characters,] the storytelling becomes more interesting, more rich, and more truthful.”
Meanwhile, Variety says it might be hard for the Russo brothers to convince studios to let them include gay characters. “What scares [studios] the most about films with gay characters is the prospect of marketing them to foreign audiences,” Variety suggested. “It’s one thing for a studio executive to support gay marriage. It’s another to risk [millions] on a movie with a gay protagonist that needs to play in…countries where LGBT citizens face discrimination, legal challenges, and violence.”