Many feared that a successful box office run for Captain Marvel would be the green light for progressive storytelling, intersectionality, and inclusivity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the film on pace to make over a billion dollars at the box office on the back of gender politics and feminism, the only logical next step for the franchise to take the main character of Carol Danvers, who will be the new leader of the MCU and turn her into a lesbian, a move that is seemingly being endorsed by the lead Brie Larson herself.
With the financial success of Captain Marvel in the books, a number of media outlets are out pushing for Disney to take a step forward with the MCU and make Captain Marvel the first major LGBT superhero in the series. It all started with a harmless retweet that Brie Larson posted on her site showing a fanart which displays Captain Marvel holding Thor’s Valkyrie played a Tessa Thompson, a character that has been implied to be lesbian herself.
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) March 18, 2019
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) March 21, 2019
Then the media took off…suddenly a Gay Captain Marvel was The MCU’s biggest statement on diversity.
Comic Book Resources: By making her queer, the studio would jump to the forefront of gay rights everywhere. By presenting Carol Danvers as a feminist, a strong woman, and a hero with an unbreakable will who just so happens to be an LGBT representative would be a remarkable way to help shape the MCU’s future.
The Mary Sue: If anyone is Carol’s love interest in the film, it’s Maria. I want to believe that the writers intended their story, romantic or platonic, to be the love story of the film. Hopefully, we get more with the Rambeau family in later films, and hopefully Carol is revealed to be canonically queer in a later story.
Glamour: Taking notes on how Captain Marvel is presumed to replace Iron Man and sets to fit as the new face of MCU, a gay character as one of the lead characters would be regarded as a milestone.
However, it is not just the media pushing this idea. Marvel’s production chief Victoria Alonso said earlier this month that it’s time a gay superhero appears in the MCU franchise.
“Why wouldn’t we be? Why wouldn’t we be?” Alonso said. “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.”
Now it’s important to note she was referring to the upcoming Enternals film while speaking of the matter but seeing Captain Marvel’s success, it would not be hard to see that pivot in the future.
We are definitely entering a new era with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers: Endgame which comes out in theaters on April 26 will be an end of an era because it look like Phase 4 of this universe will be the canvas for social justice.