Pop Culture Fix: Wait, Captain Marvel Is For Real Getting a Girlfriend?

Welcome to your first Pop Culture Fix of 2020, friends!

+ I don’t know how legit this is, but maybe Captain Marvel is getting a girlfriend?

+ Also: Marvel Studios president teases trans character for upcoming film.

+ Angelica Ross and Munroe Bergdorf discuss a decade in trans rights.

+ 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days has the franchise’s first same-sex couple.

+ Lena Waithe’s Twenties has a premiere date.

+ Lily Tomlin finally got arrested with Jane Fonda!

+ How Batwoman arrived at just the right time for Rachel Skarsten.

+ Culture in the 2010s was obsessed with finding community — and building walls

+ Destruction and obsession tangle in an arresting dance in cheerleading thriller Dare Me (which is gay!)

+ Glamour’s 104 women who defined the decade in pop culture (including: Kristen Stewart, Sarah Paulson, Laverne Cox, Tarana Burke, Lilly Singh, Ellen, and Caitlyn Jenner)

+ The Atlantic‘s ten best movie scenes of the decade includes Carol and Moonlight 

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  1. Please please please let this be real and not some vague queer baiting BS. I love comics carol, straight though she may be, but Brie Larson just seems like she is playing it SO GAY and I want her to be so bad!

  2. Amy

    The Captain Marvel rumors originate from We Got This Covered, and I would take anything they say with a whole shaker of salt, unfortunately. They tend to just report every single rumor they hear, so of course some of them are going to pan out, but a lot of them don’t. Friends who are more dialed in to the superhero news beat than I am don’t put any stock in that site whatsoever. I do still hope they’re right this time, though!

  3. D

    The Captain Marvel rumors apparently stemmed from an AMA that producer Victoria Alonso did last June. I skimmed all her answers and found zero evidence hinting Carol would have a girlfriend. She addressed lgbt characters twice, saying:

    “The character of Carol will have to show us who she wants when she returns with her adventures. ”


    “I would feel honored to have a member of the LGBTQ+ group represented in our films and I hope the future shows that.”

    Which are pretty much non-answers

  4. Concerning the two Disney news: I’ll belive it when I see it, not when I hear it. Disney/Marvel talk a pretty weak game already and are even worse when putting it into action. The only reason alot of people know that Valkyrie is bisexual is because they read it online, since it is neither shown nor told in the movie.
    Disney/Marvels commitment to playing it safe is why Captain Marvel was the movie they decided to delay when they needed a release date, why it has taken this long to get a Black Widow movie, why Black Panther only came out when they were already 9 years running and why the most LGBTQ representation we have gotten is that Valkyrie is bisexual, which you probably wouldn’t know if you only watched the movies.

    • And don’t we only know Valkyrie is bisexual because Tessa Thompson said so?

  5. *vibrates at the possibility of Sera and Angela being introduced*

    (Seriously, even if you’re normally a comics person, if you haven’t read Marguerite Bennet’s limited series Angela: Asgard’s Assassin and (especially!) Angela: Queen of Hel, you *need* to. They’re fabulous on multiple levels)

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