Marvel’s casting director and executive vice-president of production voiced support for more LGBTQ characters.

Marvel executives have confirmed that future Marvel films will start becoming more diverse. Speaking to Vulture, Victoria Alonso, the studio’s executive vice-president said she hoped Marvel would set the standard with diversity.

“We’re just determined to have it be how we do it,” she said. “And if we do it, maybe somebody else will do it. I encourage every studio, every indie production company, every filmmaker out there to make an effort.”

And Sarah Halley Finn, the casting director for every Marvel film since Iron Man, said: “You’re gonna see even more new faces — and faces from all different background, all ages, all ethnicities, LGBTQ, people who are differently abled.

“It’s a priority to have authenticity, to increase representation, to give greater representation to actors who have not traditionally been represented in mainstream movies on the big screen.”

Last month, Captain Marvel star Brie Larson said she wanted to see the movie studio “move faster” when it came to LGBTQ representation.

And when asked about rumours of The Eternals having a gay character, studio president Kevin Fiege said: “Well it’s accurate in that we’ve talked about [it for] a long time.

“You look at the success of Captain Marvel and Black Panther. We want the movies to reflect the audience and we want every member of our global audience to see themselves reflected on the screen.”

[Minor spoilers ahead]

It may not be the queer superhero we’ve been waiting for, but new blockbuster Avengers: Endgame does feature an openly gay character.

Played by co-director Joe Russo, the man appears in an early scene at a support group for people trying to move on from losing loved ones after Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out 50% of the world’s population in Avengers: Infinity War.

In the short scene, the unnamed character talks about going on his first date since losing his male partner. It’s a small moment, sure, but it’s a step in the right direction and gives fans hope that something more substantial is on its way.

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