Marvel Bosses Say There Will Be More Gay Characters In Their Films

Marvel bosses have said fans could soon see more LGBTQ+ characters in their films.

Fresh off the success of Avengers: Endgame, directors Joe and Anthony Russo were talking about how the films had tried to stay relevant and address contemporary issues.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the brothers said as well as breaking every record ever set Endgame also saw the 'first openly gay' character.

And when they were asked if this was a sign of things to come, Joe said: "We're gonna find out! There is a gay character coming up in one of their films and I think Kevin (Feige) will make that announcement, I'm sure pretty soon."

He went on: "That's the thing I think we're the most proud of with the Marvel Universe, moving forward, is how inclusive it is.

The Russo brothers have said fans can expect to see more gay characters in the future. Credit: PA
The Russo brothers have said fans can expect to see more gay characters in the future. Credit: PA

"You know, Anth and I feel representation is very important to us. We wanted to include a gay character before we were done with these films. We also wanted to do it in a way that felt normalised, didn't feel like we're making a big deal out of it. We wanted to make sure that it felt organic."

This isn't the first time Marvel's bosses have addressed the issue of sexuality. Last year Feige said there were plans for two more 'openly gay' characters, 'both ones you've seen and ones you haven't seen'.

This is great news for not just the series but also its millions of fans around the world who fill cinemas to watch the latest release.

And none have been more successful that the studio's latest release, Endgame, which celebrated the biggest box office opening of all time, earlier this week.

Since it was released just over two weeks ago, the movie has smashed record after record as fans flocked to the cinema to find out how the Avengers' story - or at least, the Infinity Saga - ends.

Since its release, Endgame has smashed every box office record before it. Credit: PA
Since its release, Endgame has smashed every box office record before it. Credit: PA

Over the weekend it was revealed that the new flick had made it into a very exclusive club of just five movies which have taken over $2 billion at the box office - and it was hotly tipped to go on to have the most successful opening for a film ever. Now it seems as though those predictions were right.

Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn told Variety: "The Marvel Studios team have continued to challenge notions of what is possible at the movie theatre both in terms of storytelling and at the box office.

"Though Endgame is far from an end for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these first 22 films constitute a sprawling achievement, and this weekend's monumental success is a testament to the world they've envisioned, the talent involved, and their collective passion, matched by the irrepressible enthusiasm of fans around the world."

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