Tom Holland On LGBT Representation In MCU

The Mcu Needs More Than Straight White Men

There’s already been a bunch of talk about how the Marvel Cinematic Universe has handled, or rather ignored, LGBT characters and how efforts are being made to change that. As previously indicated the upcoming “The Eternals” is expected to be the first MCU film to feature an openly gay character.

One person who is welcome to the possibility is current Spider-Man actor Tom Holland who, in a new interview with The Sunday Times (via Indiewire), revealed that he’d be open to his Marvel superhero coming out as gay and agreed with the sentiment that the MCU needs to start getting more inclusive ASAP:

Asked if he’d be okay with Spider-Man/Peter Parker being gay, he says:

“Yeah, of course. I can’t talk about the future of the character because honestly I don’t know and it’s out of my hands. But I do know a lot about the future of Marvel, and they are going to be representing lots of different people in the next few years. The world isn’t as simple as a straight white guy. It doesn’t end there, and these films need to represent more than one type of person.”

The comments come after the MCU scored some blowback earlier this year over the release of “Avengers: Endgame” which included a rather inconsequential moment featuring an openly gay character played by Joe Russo. Had the moment just come and gone, it wouldn’t have ruffled feathers but an interview Russo did before the film’s release explaining the importance of the moment led to criticism of it being both political and pandering instead of a genuine desire for more accurate representation of the world at large.

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is in theaters today.