Kit Harington wants a gay actor to headline a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. After getting his career start in theater, the 31-year-old shot to fame with a prominent role in HBO’s Game of Thrones playing Jon Snow. And now he’s using his fame to campaign for better queer representation in Hollywood, especially in superhero films.
Marvel president Kevin Feige previously said that there will be at least two openly gay characters in the MCU in the foreseeable future. One is someone fans have already seen before, while the other is set to debut soon. Fans are convinced that the prior is Thor: Ragnarok‘s Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who apparently had a scene cut from the film that would have alluded to her bisexuality. However, the Game of Thrones star doesn’t just want a gay character in the franchise, he also wants to see an actor who is part of the LGBTQ community to appear in the famed film series.
Opening up about the lack of queer representation in comic book films, Harington called out Marvel films about the issue, saying that he wants to see a gay actor star in the franchise. “There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can’t somehow go hand in hand. That we can’t have someone in a Marvel movie who’s gay in real life and plays some super hero. I mean, when is that going to happen,” he told Variety when he caught up with the outlet during Toronto International Film Festival. The actor is there promoting his latest film, The Death & Life of John F. Donovan directed by Xavier Dolan.
While there’s no openly queer actor currently headlining in the MCU, it’s worth noting that the franchise has some stars representing the LGBTQ and pansexual community. Tilda Swinton, who played the Ancient One in 2016’s Doctor Strange directed by Scott Derrickson, identifies herself as gender fluid. Meanwhile, Thompson recently came out as bisexual – though she was cast in Ragnarok long before she opened up about her sexuality. It’s no secret that she’s expected to be one of the key characters in the MCU, especially with Asgard trying to relocate on Earth.
The lack of diversity (in all aspects) in the MCU has long been pointed out by critics, and finally, Feige and his team have been making strides to address this issue. If anything, Black Panther proved that studios don’t have to be afraid of diversity. Its massive box office sales squashed myths that films headlined by white male actors are the only ones that make money. That said, forced diversity isn’t something that Hollywood should subscribe to just because the concept sells. If anything, that’s more insulting to minority groups considering that they’re being exploited. Fans will just have to wait and see how Feige plans to further diversify the MCU especially since the franchise is about the begin a new chapter come Phase 4.
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