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Marvel Needs More LGBTQ Characters, Fans Say

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday May 19, 2021

As Pride Month approaches, calls are growing louder for Marvel to add more LGBTQ representation to its cinematic universe, Metro.co.uk reported.

Marvel came out in support of the LGBTQ community and even released a few comic book covers to mark the occasion leading up to Pride celebrations. But the real representation people want is on screen.

"The franchise has been criticised after it pledged support for Pride, releasing variant comic book covers to mark the occasion, with fans pointing out that there is still a lack of LGBT characters in the films," Metro reports. "Jeff Ingold, Head of Media at Stonewall, told Metro.co.uk: 'The reaction to Marvel's Pride Month variant covers shows just how much demand there is for more, and better, representation of characters with different sexual orientations and gender identities in comics.'"

Representation matters and Marvel apparently has the characters to make it happen: Northstar, Iceman, Hulking, Wiccan, Mystique, Black Cat, Moondragon, Runa, America Chavez, and Daken all falling somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum.

"Mystique is the only one who appears in the films, most recently played by Jennifer Lawrence in the X-Men franchise, however her bisexuality is not explored in the movies," Metro reports. "Some fans have also pointed out that more mainstream character Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston in the MCU, hasn't been included, despite being bisexual in the comic books."

What do you think? Is it time for more LGBTQ representation in superhero films?