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Kevin Feige Confirms LGBTQ Characters Will Be Joining the MCU & It’s About Time

Tessa Thompson in Thor: Ragnarok

Remember that one time that Marvel deleted a scene from Thor: Ragnarok that would’ve confirmed Tessa Tomspon’s Valkyrie is bisexual? Well, it looks like they’re going to try to make up for it. While Kevin Feige was making the press rounds for Ant-Man & The Wasp, The Playlist took the time out to ask if there will finally be some LGBTQ representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“When are we getting a Gay, Bi, LGBTQ, out character in the MCU?  Is it even in the works?” asked The Playlist.

Feige replied with a simple “yes.”

Like all of us, The Playlist wanted to know if it would be a new character or someone we’ve already seen before. “It’s not someone we’ve seen yet, I’m guessing?”

And here’s where the story really gets juicy, because Feige answered that it’s “both.” He told them, “Both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen.”

Hello? So, there’s a lot going on here. Not only does it mean that we can pretty much (probably) bank on the fact that they’ll finally let Valkyrie, at the very least, be out like she was supposed to be, but it also means that we’re gonna get more than one LGBTQ character. Feige, although a little more vague than I personally care for, made it pretty plain that we could expect two at the very least, from the pool of characters we’ve already been introduced to, as well as new faces. That’s pretty great news.

Who could those new faces be? There are a few choices from Marvel comics, although some of them have already been introduced with that representation erased, like Okoye and Ayo and Valkyrie. We’ve gotten Karolina Dean in Hulu’s Runaways, which is technically part of the MCU, but not quite what we’d hope for out of Feige’s words. There’s also America Chavez, who we’d love to see make her way to the big screen, and they’re certainly not limited to LGBT characters from the comics. They’ve got no problem writing LGBT characters as straight, and we’d be happy for them to do it the other way around for once.

I’m sure we’ll have a little while to go before we get a firm answer on who our new MCU LGBTQ characters will be, but that’s okay because that gives us lots of time to start speculating. So, who do you think it’ll be? Leave your answers in the comments!

(via, image: Marvel)

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