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Published On: Sat, Jun 11th, 2016

Who is gay in Disney, Marvel , Star Wars universe: Elsa, Luke, Captain Marvel

Disney’s heavy-hitting franchises are slowly getting more diverse with The Force Awakens has more female and non-white characters in speaking roles than the first three Star Wars movies combined. Captain America: Civil War introduces a new black superhero with a solo film set to for 2018).

This fall’s Moana introduces Disney’s first Polynesian princess, so the new “glass ceiling” appears to be the LGBT community. GLAAD called upon the studio to include LGBT characters in the Star Wars universe and asks when the Marvel Cinematic Universe will get its first major gay character.

"Finding Dory" has a gay couple?

“Finding Dory” has a gay couple?

“As sci-fi projects have the special opportunity to create unique worlds whose advanced societies can serve as a commentary on our own, the most obvious place where Disney could include LGBT characters is in the upcoming eighth Star Wars film, GLAAD issued its annual report of LGBT representation.

“2015’s The Force Awakens has introduced a new and diverse central trio, which allows the creators opportunity to tell fresh stories as they develop their backstory. Recent official novels in the franchise featured lesbian and gay characters that could also be easily written into the stories.”

While the MCU shows have had a few gay characters, like Jessica Jones‘ Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Joey Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba), the movies have not. Here’s how director Joe Russo responded to the question: “I think the chances are strong. 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.”

Rumor swirled that Finding Dory has a gay couple, Mark Hamill is perfectly fine with the idea of Luke Skywalker being gay; and John Boyega and Oscar Isaac seem totally down for a Finn / Poe romance.

 

Some fans joined the call by gay activists who want Frozen‘s Elsa to get a girlfriend in the sequel. Co-director Chris Buck said as much last year, shortly after the sequel was officially announced:

We have two very strong female leads in Frozen. We will keep that going in the next one. We will tackle other issues that, I think, are out there today that boys and girls, men and women, are dealing with.

I think we’re very aware of what is happening in society. I don’t think any of us take [them] lightly, even though they can be very funny and entertaining, the messages that our movies have and the influence they can have on young people. When the kids [watch] them, they watch them over and over again, and if we don’t have a decent message in there, I think we’ve missed an opportunity.

 

 

So, all of that sounds like “when” not if. Once Upon a Time surprised fans with a gay kiss and the ratings didn’t lag. No matter the clamor over a boycott, Disney won’t likely be scared off the moved.

Once Upon A Time introduces lesbianism with Ruby and Dorothy

Once Upon A Time introduces lesbianism with Ruby and Dorothy

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