Many movie buffs 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.
Fans of female-led superhero movies are in luck, though.It's been announced that there's a new Black Widow movie coming out in 2020 - which, at least, promises to be female-focused.
And that's not all.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.Until now, that is.
Marvel is set to have its first-ever gay-kiss...
via: imdbThe studio's upcoming movie, Eternals, will feature the MCU's first-ever gay superhero. Keep scrolling for everything we know so far.
The Eternals has been hotly anticipated since it was announced last year.
via: imdbSet for release later this year, Eternals stars Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, and Kumail Nanjiani.
Haaz Sleiman confirmed there will be a "moving scene" during the movie in which the first gay kiss happens.
via: Getty ImagesBrian Tyree Henry who is set to play Phastos in the franchise's upcoming flick will reportedly be in a same-sex marriage with Haaz Sleiman - who hasn't yet been confirmed for the role, according to Ladbible.
The actor spoke about the kiss in a since-deleted video.
via: Getty ImagesThe forty-three-year-old actor told NewNowNext: "We represent a gay family and have a child." "It's a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set."
"For me it's very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be," he added, according to PinkNews.
via: imdbThe news comes after studio head at Marvel, Kevin Feige claimed there would be more LGBTQ+ representation in Marvel's phase 4. When asked if he was planning to introduce any LGBTQ+ characters, he replied, “Yes, absolutely yes. Very soon, in a movie we’re shooting right now, yes."
At the time, many believed this was a clear reference to Eternals.
via: imdbEspecially given the fact that Black Widow is now in post-production. Eternals is set to be released on 6 November 2020. But not everyone is happy about the diversification of the MCU. Read on to see why some white men are feeling pressed.