Marvel’s production chief Victoria Alonso appeared on the red carpet at the recent Los Angeles premiere of “Captain Marvel” where trade paper Variety conducted a brief interview with her.
One of the questions that came up related to diversity. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has long had superheroes of different colors and genders, and more recently they’ve been getting to lead their own films, but one thing notably missing from the ranks are any LGBT characters.
Asked if she thinks the world is ready for an openly gay superhero, she says: “The world is ready, the world is ready”. Asked directly about rumors that the upcoming “The Eternals” film will feature an openly gay superhero played by an openly gay actor, she was a bit more guarded saying: “We are going to cast… the best ‘Eternals’ cast that we can and when we’re ready to announce it we promise you we will.”
Asked why they’re so committed to casting diversely, she passionately responded:
“Why wouldn’t we be? Why wouldn’t we be?. I’m so passionate about this I’ve got to tell you. Our entire success is based on people that are incredibly different. Why wouldn’t we? Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person?
Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive. If we don’t do it that way for them, we will fail. If we don’t put pedal to the metal on the diversity and the inclusivity, we will not have continued success. Our determination is to have that for all of the people out there watching our movies.”
Small screen comic book shows have for years been incorporating LGBT characters and have often hired openly gay actors to play those roles with Marvel’s rival DC making great strides in this area of representation – their “Arrow”-verse incorporating multiple LGBT regular characters front and center in their narratives.
On the big screen though, things haven’t caught up with one or two notable exceptions like Fox and Marvel’s “Deadpool 2” which incorporates lesbian character Negasonic Teenage Warhead portrayed by openly gay actress Brianna Hildebrand and did so in a relaxed, non-showy way.