- “Captain Marvel” left a lot of fans wondering about Carol Danvers’ sexuality in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- INSIDER interviewed “Captain Marvel” producer Mary Livanos and comic-book writer and “Captain Marvel” consultant Kelly Sue DeConnick ahead of the film’s release on digital and Blu-ray on Wednesday at espnW Summit in New York City.
- INSIDER asked about Carol Danvers’ sexuality and why it wasn’t addressed in “Captain Marvel” or “Endgame,” especially when Marvel’s first openly gay character became such a talked-about moment in the latest “Avengers” movie.
- Livanos told INSIDER there “wasn’t room” in “Captain Marvel” to tell that story. Livanos added she believes “everyone’s on the spectrum.”
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March’s “Captain Marvel” left fans wondering whether or not Carol Danvers may be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first openly gay or bi character. (After “Endgame,” we know that’s no longer the case.)
Why didn’t the film explore her sexuality? INSIDER was told there wasn’t any time for it in the movie’s two-hour run time.
“Speaking to Captain Marvel, in that installment, that was a movie about self-discovery and Carol re-finding herself. So, in executing the film, we felt there wasn’t room in the narrative to tell that story,” “Captain Marvel” producer and Marvel Studios director of production and development, Mary Livanos, told INSIDER at the espnW Summit in New York City Wednesday.
“Captain Marvel” is an origin story for Carol Danvers who was born on Earth, but lived with Kree aliens on another planet after gaining superhero powers and being forced to forget her former life. Still, after the movie’s release, many fans believed Danvers’ friendship with fellow Air Force pilot Monica Rambeau may be more than platonic.
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Actresses Brie Larson and Tessa Thompson, who play Captain Marvel and Valkyrie, respectively, support the idea of an LBGTQIA character in the MCU. Larson tweeted out fan art of the two characters together while Thompson told the LA Times “it’s time” for a partnership between some female characters in the franchise. But Marvel has yet to confirm Danvers’ sexuality on screen.
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) March 18, 2019
Is Captain Marvel gay?
Livanos was tight-lipped on the topic when INSIDER brought up the Valkyrie and Captain Marvel pairing and asked why “Avengers: Endgame” didn’t take an opportunity to be more upfront with either of their sexualities after directors Anthony and Joe Russo said they were adamant about having a gay moment in the latest “Avengers” movie.
Instead of introducing one of Marvel’s many superheroes to be gay or a part of the LBGTQIA community, Joe Russo appeared as a gay man in therapy following Thanos’ devastating snap.
“I’d just say I believe everyone’s on the spectrum. I believe in the spectrum,” said Livanos.
When asked if we’ll see more representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward, Livanos said, “It’s safe to say yes.”
“God, I would hope so,” added “Captain Marvel” comic-book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. DeConnick acted as a consultant on “Captain Marvel.”
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In an interview with SiriusXM radio on Monday, “Avengers: Endgame” directors and brothers Anthony and Joe Russo said one of Marvel’s existing characters is gay and fans should expect some sort of news soon.
“There is a gay character coming up in one of their films, and I think [Marvel Studios President] Kevin [Feige] will make that announcement, I’m sure pretty soon,” said Joe Russo.
As for a “Captain Marvel” sequel? When INSIDER showed Livanos’ Walt Disney Studios’ new theatrical schedule with eight untitled Marvel movies and asked for her to point out which one may be a sequel to the $1 billion movie, Livanos couldn’t say.
“I have signed a blood oath. I cannot,” said Livanos.
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The “Captain Marvel” producer said the same during a panel with ESPN’s Sarah Spain when asked about a “Captain Marvel” sequel. Maybe we’ll get an announcement later this summer in July at San Diego Comic-Con or Disney’s D23.
What we do know is that we’ll being seeing a lot more of Carol Danvers.
“It’s very clear she will be taking a real forefront in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” said Livanos during espnW’s panel celebrating the women of “Captain Marvel” INSIDER attended on Wednesday.
“Captain Marvel” will be available on digital May 28 and Blu-ray June 11.
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