Victoria Alonso, executive vice president of film production at Marvel Studios, promises that greater LGBTQ + representation will arrive in the MCU in the future.
Victoria Alonso, executive vice president of film production at Marvel Studios, has promised greater LGBTQ + representation will come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as phase 4 develops. The next stage of the franchise began in earnest with Marvel Studios’ first independent TV series on Disney +, WandaVision, earlier this year. This was followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the pursuit Loki series. Half of the film of the final phase kicks off with the release of Black Widow July 9.
Despite the success of the MCU, the portrayal of LGBTQ + characters in the franchise has been deemed somewhat insufficient by many critics. This has finally started to change in Loki with Loki’s dossier at TVA, noting that it is nicely fluid. This developed further in Loki both by Sylvie’s presence and in episode 3, “Lamentis”, when Loki revealed he was bisexual. This is the first time that a main character within the MCU has openly shared that he is part of the LGBTQ + community.
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Talk to Variety at the fans premiere for Black Widow, Alonso has pledged that the studio is committed to strengthening LGBTQ + representation in its production going forward. The executive recognized that in doing so “takes time” and that the studio may not always get it right, but will keep trying. You can read Alonso’s full statement below:
It takes time, we have so many stories to tell. We will empower those who are [LGBTQ+]. We are not changing anything. We’re just showing the world who these people are, who these characters are… There are a lot of things that we have to come that I think will be representative of the world today. We’re not going to nail it in the first movie or the second movie or the third movie, or the first or the second show, but we’ll do our best to try to always represent.
Asked about the decision to make Loki genderfluid in the recent series, Alonso said: “to be honest with you, it doesn’t matter”Arguing that Marvel was simply loyal to the character. She went on to state that the studio did “do it because it is politically correct or incorrect. It’s like that. Remember, we follow our comics. We try to follow them to the end. So in the comics, that’s who he was.
Loki being portrayed as genderfluid is nothing new, although recognizing it with modern terminology is. Within Marvel Comics, Loki spent time as a woman for several years and even impersonated other female characters, including Scarlet Witch. Likewise, going back further into Norse mythology, as a shapeshifter, Loki often alternated between male and female, although he is generally considered to be male, and even gave birth to Odin’s eight-legged horse, Sleipnir.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has long said he wants to diversify the MCU, and Alonso’s comments seem to back it up. Plus, acknowledging that while Marvel doesn’t always get proper LGBTQ + portrayal early on, admitting that it wants to make sure that becomes a big part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a step in the right direction. Hopefully movies like Eternals and other upcoming Disney + shows prove Marvel is committed to keeping its promise and building on the wonderful portrayal shown in Loki.
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- Black Widow (2021)Release Date: Jul 09, 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Release Date: Sep 03, 2021
- Eternals (2021)Release date: 05 November 2021
- Spider-Man: No Path Home (2021)Release Date: December 17, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release Date: March 25, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: 06 May 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever / Black Panther 2 (2022)Release Date: 08 Jul 2022
- Wonders / Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release Date: November 11, 2022
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release Date: February 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: 05 May 2023
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