Marvel Cinematic Universe fans might be buzzing about upcoming Captain Marvel, the studio’s first female-centric film in its 25 year history — but Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington wondered about another demographic with a glaring lack of representation during his visit to the Variety Studio at the Toronto Film Festival this past weekend.
“That we can’t have someone in a Marvel movie who’s gay in real life and plays some super hero,” he said. “I mean, when is that going to happen? There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can’t somehow go hand in hand.”
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Although small steps have been made with characters like Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Yukio and Shatterstar in Deadpool 2 (Deadpool himself being a pansexual, according to Ryan Reynolds) — more well-known figures like Iceman from the X-Men series have remained heterosexual despite being openly gay in the Marvel Comics universe. Of course, Ian McKellen (an openly gay man) played Magneto in the X-Men films, Lee Pace (openly gay) played Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy and Tessa Thompson (openly bi) played Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok — so it’s not as if gay actors are completely nonexistent in the MCU.
Harrington was joined by The Death and Life of John F. Donovan co-star Thandie Newton, who brought up the sports world and her appreciation for more and more athletes coming out; she added: “It is changing, but we have to get behind those changes and keep pushing it.”
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