‘Civil War’ Directors on LGBT Characters

Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo recently addressed a major question that has plagued fans over the years, when will Marvel Studios feature an LGBT character in one of their films?

“I think the chances are strong,” Joe Russo said to Collider. “I mean, it’s incumbent upon us as storytellers who are making mass-appeal movies to make mass-appeal movies, and to diversify as much as possible. It’s sad in the way that Hollywood lags behind other industries so significantly, one because you think that it would be a progressive industry, and two it’s such a visible industry. So I think it’s important that on all fronts we keep pushing for diversification because then the storytelling becomes more interesting, more rich, and more truthful.”

Anthony Russo asserts that the massive success of Marvel makes it easier to take these kinds of risks moving forward.

“I think this is a philosophy of Marvel, in success it becomes easier to take risks,” he said. “There’s a lot of unconventional ideas in Civil War in terms of what people’s expectations of a superhero movie are, but I think we were able to do that because Winter Soldier worked and Marvel’s been working in general, so there’s more of a boldness in terms of what you can try and where you can go. So I think that’s very hopeful for all of us moving forward that bolder and bolder choices can be made.”

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