People Are Angry That The Gay Character In Avengers: Endgame Didn’t Have A Bigger Role

Here we go again.

With a run time of three hours and years of plot to wrap up, there’s a hell of a lot happening in Avengers: Endgame.

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They even managed to slip in the first canonically gay character of the Marvel films, played by co-director Joe Russo no less. Russo plays a gay man early on in the film, as one of the members of Captain America’s support group. The character talks about going on a date and how he and his date both cried because they lost their partners. You would almost miss that he was gay if it wasn’t for Russo’s use of the pronoun “he” when referring to his date.

Here’s Joe on the left:

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Well anyway the limited screen time for Marvel’s first gay character simply wasn’t good enough for Marvel fans who want more LGBTQ representation in films, with some fans saying that Marvel are being overly self-congratulatory for including a queer character in such a minor role.

Joe Russo had previously said:

Representation is really important, it was important to us as we did four of these films, we wanted a gay character somewhere in them. We felt it was important that one of us play him, to ensure the integrity and show it is so important to the filmmakers that one of us is representing that. It is a perfect time, because one of the things that is compelling about the Marvel Universe moving forward is its focus on diversity.

Here’s the sort of reaction they’re getting:

Obviously any sensible person is all for diversity and increased representation of minority groups in films (so long as it isn’t blatantly forced and contrived), and these Twitter crybabies do serve a purpose in that they bring attention to these issues. To be fair, reading Joe Russo’s quote above, maybe he did over-promise the whole ‘focus on diversity’ thing considering what a small role it was in the end.

At the same time though it does get annoying having people complain about this stuff all the time. Not every conservation needs to be about who is or isn’t included or who’s over-represented or underrepresented. Can’t everyone just chill out and enjoy a movie for once?

I’m sure it can only get better and more diverse going forward, but much of the time it’s also a damned if you, damned if you don’t situation. Like how everybody freaked out when Jack Whitehall (a straight male) was cast as Disney’s first ever gay character.


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