It’s been a full ten years since Marvel’s Iron Man came out and unfortunately the Marvel and DC movie universes are still not very inclusive. Recently we’ve had queer women in Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Runaways, but the cinematic universes are still disturbingly straight. There’ve been some rumors and some characters that are canonically queer in the comics, but that’s all that we’ve gotten. Marvel and DC are making some great strides with Black Panther and Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman, but they don’t seem like they’re fully committed to this inclusion. However, I’m ever the optimist and I still have hope we’ll see a DC or Marvel superhero movie with an openly gay woman superhero soon. There are already several characters who are queer in the comics and/or have been hinted at being queer in the movies, so we’re halfway there. Here’s who I think it’s most likely to be.
No one has been more vocal about their character being queer than Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie. There was even a scene cut from the movie Thor: Ragnarok that showed her as being bisexual. This one is so close we can taste the La Croix. Thompson is campaigning for this to happen so much I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s revealed as canonically bisexual in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War; plus, Thompson is campaigning for a woman superhero team up movie like The Avengers, which seems ripe with gay opportunity.
2. Harley Quinn
Harley is also canonically bisexual, and is played by someone who is very vocal about taking the character in new and interesting directions. Margot Robbie isn’t only starring in an upcoming Harley Quinn solo movie, but she’s producing as well. Fans have been clamoring for Poison Ivy to join the film, and the logical thing would be to introduce a romance between the longtime comic book partners in crime and love.
Ayo was somewhat famously de-queered in the recent superhero masterpiece Black Panther. She’s in a lesbian relationship with the character Aneka in the comics, and early screenings of the film suggested she would have a relationship with Okoye in the film — as Carmen wrote in her review of Black Panther, “Filmmakers toyed with Ayo and Okoye in a variety of relationship dynamics, telling the reporter ‘We thought, Well, maybe we’ll work it this way with an arc or work it that way with an arc.'” However, the final cut of the movie didn’t include the scene, and Okoye was pictured in a different-sex relationship with W’Kabi. Okoye will be in multiple confirmed upcoming Marvel films; there will be plenty of opportunities to give her a woman love interest.
4. Negasonic Teenage Warhead
The Deadpool movies play pretty fast and loose with the traditional rules of what you can and can’t have in a major superhero movie. Actor Brianna Walker is queer in real life. This would make a lot of sense, even if it might lead to a bad lesbian joke from the title character. Plus she looks like this in the upcoming sequel, so, yeah.
When the topic of queer characters in the MCU came up when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was out, writer/director James Gunn said that in his mind, there was already a queer character on screen in his movie. A lot of people asked if he maybe meant Rocket Raccoon who had some identity discussions with Yondu, but I personally think he meant Mantis. At one point in the movie Drax tells Mantis that he doesn’t want to sleep with her and in response, Mantis says “I don’t like you! I don’t even like the kind of thing you are!” This could mean his specific alien species, or in my mind, it could mean men.
6. One of the Amazons
I mean, come on, Antiope was very heavily queer coded, so was Diana — so was the entire island of Themyscira. If they’re not going to make Diana bi, like she is in the comics, they could at least show us some of the women on the island of only women who are in relationships.
Who do you think is most likely to be openly gay first?
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