Many movie fans are passionate about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, truth be told, there is one thing that's wrong with it. Many of the movies lack serious diversity! Sure, there are plenty of female characters - but they never seem to play leads. And as for LGBTQ+ characters, forget it.
But it seems all that's about to change ...
In terms of the movie industry, there's one franchise that's reigning supreme at the moment.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to churn out smash hit after smash hit - and their popularity seems only set to grow.
One reason for this?
The incredible range of different characters. The fact that we get to constantly check in with our favorites makes watching the movies feel like hanging out with some friends.
But there is something fans have noticed.
The main characters of the MCU tend to be male. If you think of the most popular superheroes, they all tend to be guys.
From Iron Man and Deadpool ...
To the amazing addition of Spider-Man, the biggest Marvel movies tend to be those focused on the male characters.
And, sure, there are female superheroes.
But it tends to be a rather unbalanced mix - as seen with the Avengers.
There are changes happening, though ...
In Avengers: Endgame the women of the MCU came together to help defeat Thanos - including the introduction of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.
Which, for many, was an incredible moment.
via: Getty ImagesFinally seeing the MCU give us some girl power has got many viewers hungry for more - including Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson.
And it seems she's been inspired.
As in an interview with Variety, Larson teased the fact that there may well be a female-only Marvel movie in our future.
Larson claimed that the notion had been "truly discussed."
“I will say that a lot of the female cast members from Marvel walked up to Kevin and we were like, 'We are in this together, we want to do this,'" Larson explained.
"What that means, I have no idea."
"You know, I'm not in charge of the future of Marvel, but it is something that we're really passionate about and we love."
Larson is hopeful, though.
"I feel like if enough people out in the world talk about how much they want it, maybe it'll happen."
And aside from a lack of female representations, there's another problem with the MCU.
If you're looking for any sort of diversity here, forget it. LGBTQ+ representation in the cinematic universe is next to none.
All the romances feature straight couples.
And when it comes to gender non-binary or trans characters, you've got no chance.
Until now, that is.
Because this week, MCU fans have received some very exciting news.
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And the internet is feeling excited ...
In honor of Captain America's 80th Anniversary, Marvel Comics have made an announcement.
They're celebrating by introducing Marvel's newest LGBTQ+ hero, Aaron Fischer.
"Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life," reads the press release.
"While I was drawing him, I thought, well, Cap fights against super-powerful beings and saves the world almost always, but Aaron helps those who walk alone in the street with problems that they face every day. I hope people like the end result!"