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Every LGBTQ+ Character in the Franchise (So Far)



Representation of LGBTQ+ superheroes is lacking in big screen adaptations. Although the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has diversified its content in recent years, many fans still desire more inclusion in future films. Unfortunately, the LGBTQ+ community is often the last group to be represented in films. While there should be more representation across all media, there are already a few characters in Marvel Comics who are part of the LGBTQ+ community that have yet to be included in the MCU or officially confirmed as anything but straight in the films.

James Gunn, the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, has alluded to the existence of gay characters in the MCU. He stated that “There’s a lot of characters in the MCU and very few of them have we delved into what their sexualities are – whether it’s gay or straight or bisexual…I imagine there are probably gay characters in the Marvel Universe, you know. We just don’t know who they are yet.” Despite this, there are already LGBTQ+ characters in the MCU franchise, some confirmed and others hinted at.

America Chavez, a new superhero who first appeared in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is Marvel’s first out lesbian to lead a comic book series. Although her sexuality is not explicitly stated in the film, she wears a pride flag on her denim jacket and has “amor es amor” written on it, which translates to “love is love.” Notably, America’s parents are also lesbians.

Ayo, the fearless and devoted general of the Dora Milaje, was first depicted as a lesbian in the comics. In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, her on-screen depiction confirms her sexuality as she is shown in a relationship with Aneka.

Loki, the god of mischief, is depicted as bisexual and gender-fluid in the comics. Although his sexuality was not explicitly stated in his on-screen debut in Thor, it is confirmed in the Disney+ series Loki, where he reveals that he has dated both men and women. In Avengers: Infinity War, Loki was killed by Thanos, but he returns in the alternate timeline created by the Time Heist in Endgame. There, he meets Sylvie, a variant of himself, who is also bisexual and gender-fluid.

Phastos and Ben, a gay married couple with a child, appear in the 2021 film Eternals. Despite requests from conservative countries, Disney refused to edit out their on-screen kiss, making the moment even more powerful than previous representations.

Valkyrie’s status in the LGBTQ+ community is subtly hinted at in Thor: Love and Thunder and Ragnarok, but audiences have yet to see her with a girlfriend on-screen. It is possible that a future film could explore her character more as the reigning sovereign of New Asgard, as she will need a queen.

Wade Wilson’s Deadpool is pansexual, although his sexuality is never explicitly stated on-screen. The character does show an interest in men, though it is used as a source of humor.

Korg, a creature made entirely out of stone, is gay. In Thor: Love and Thunder, he explains that his species consists only of males and that they mate by holding hands next to a volcano, which then creates a baby. Korg is seen at the end of the film next to Dwayne, indicating that they want to have a baby together.

In WandaVision, Billy, also known as Wiccan, is openly gay and in a relationship with Hulking in the comics. Speed, also known as Tommy, is a bisexual character in the comics, and it is likely that the TV series character follows suit.

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Nikki Ramos confirms her LGBTQ+ status in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law when she casually states that “hetero life is grim.” Although she did not get her chance at love in the series, Nikki will likely return to the MCU in the future, considering she is Jennifer Walters’ best friend.

With the integration of the X-Men into the MCU, two mutants, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her girlfriend and teammate, Yukio, will be joining the ranks of LGBTQ+ characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The couple made their debut in Deadpool 2.

LGBTQ+ superheroes aren’t often depicted on the big screen. While the MCU has dramatically diversified its content in the past few years, many Marvel fans wish for more inclusion in the next films. The LGBTQ+ community is often the last group to be included in films. While there should be more representation across all media, there are already a few characters in Marvel Comics who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community that have yet to either be in the MCU or officially confirmed as anything but straight in the films.


James Gunn, who directed the Guardians of the Galaxy films, previously alluded to gay characters in the MCU, stating that “There’s a lot of characters in the MCU and very few of them have we delved into what their sexualities are – whether it’s gay or straight or bisexual…I imagine there are probably gay characters in the Marvel Universe, you know. We just don’t know who they are yet.” So, while there are characters who may be part of the LGBTQ+ community, who are the ones that are already confirmed? Here are every LGBTQ+ character in the MCU franchise so far.

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America Chavez & Her Parents

America Chaves (Miss America)
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

America Chavez is a new superhero who debuted in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. She comes from the Utopian Parallel with the ability to travel the Multiverse. While her sexuality is not stated out loud, America was Marvel’s first out lesbian to lead a comic book series. In the film, her sexuality is referenced. She wears a pride flag on her denim jacket, which also has “amor es amor” written on it, which translates to “love is love.” While America is lesbian, so are her parents. We only get a short moment to view her parents, in a flashback to how America discovered her powers. Viewers learned that she was raised by two moms.

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The Dora Milaje in Black Panther
Marvel Studios

Ayo is the fearless and devoted general of the Dora Milaje. She protected both T’Chaka and T’Challa throughout their rule. Ayo’s comic counterpart is a lesbian, and it is finally confirmed in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Ayo and Aneka are forbidden lovers in the comics, but their on-screen depiction shows them as clearly being in a relationship. They flirt, they banter, they hug, and towards the end of the film, Aneka kisses Ayo.

Loki and Sylvie

Loki on Disney+
Disney

The comics depict Loki as bisexual and gender-fluid. Since his on-screen debut in Thor back in 2011, his sexual and gender identity is finally confirmed. In season one of LokiSylvie asked him if there was anyone he was dating, and Loki confirmed that he had been dating a bit of both genders. Audiences also noted that his file stated he was “fluid” in the gender slot. In Avengers: Infinity WarLoki was killed by Thanos, thus seemingly ending his appearance on-screen. However, due the Time Heist the Avengers did in EndgameLoki was able to steal the tesseract and teleport away, creating an alternate timeline in which he lives. During his travels, he meets Sylvie, a Loki variant. Considering they’re basically the same person, they are both bisexual and gender-fluid.

Phastos & Ben

Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos in the Eternals movie
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Phastos and Ben appear in the 2021 film Eternals. They made waves as a gay married couple with a child. Phastos, who is a member of the Eternals, is a retired hero who didn’t want to leave the life he made out of fear that he may not come back. However, before he decided to re-join the Eternals, he and Ben shared a passionate on-screen kiss. Disney refused to edit out the scene, despite requests from some conservative countries, making the moment more powerful than any previous representation.

Valkyrie

Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok
Marvel Studios

Valkyrie’s status in the LGBTQ+ community is subtly stated throughout Thor: Love and Thunder and Ragnarokthough audiences have yet to see her with a girlfriend on-screen. One insightful moment into her sexuality is when Gorr the God Butcher had her trapped and told her that the gods let the woman she loved die on the battlefield without lifting a finger to help. While it’s heartbreaking to know that Valkryie once had a lover that she lost tragically, it’s possible that a future film could explore her character more as the reigning sovereign of New Asgard, as she will need a queen.

Deadpool

Deadpool
Fox

Coming soon to the MCU, Wade Wilson’s Deadpool is pansexual. Tim Miller, who directed the first Deadpooldescribed Deadpool as pansexual, though his sexuality is never explicitly stated on-screen. The same thing happens in the second film, with it never explicitly being stated. The character does show an interest in men – though it is used as a source of humor.

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Korg

taika-waititi-korg-thor-ragnraok
Marvel Studios

A creature made entirely out of stone, Korg (and by default, his species) is gay. In Thor: Love and ThunderKorg explained how procreation works for his kind. His species consists only of males, and they mate by holding hands next to a volcano, which then creates a baby. Korge is seen at the end of the film next to a volcano with Dwayne, indicating that they want to have a baby together. It’s unclear whether Korg is meant to give LGBTQ+ representation, since Korg’s species only has males, or if this was just an example of MCU’s diverse world-building. Regardless, Korg and Dwayne make a cute couple.

Wiccan & Speed

Billy and Tommy
Disney Platform Distribution

Both Wiccan and Speed are introduced in WandaVision. Known as Billy, Wiccan is openly gay and, in the comics at least, in a relationship with Hulking. Since their marriage was a big deal in the comics, it is likely that the MCU will go the same route in the future. Speed AKA Tommy is a bisexual character in the comics, and with the MCU trying to keep characters’ non-hetero sexualities in line with the comics, the TV series character is likely also bisexual.

Nikki Ramos

Nikki Ramos
Marvel Studios

Nikki confirmed her LGBTQ+ status in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law when she helps Jennifer Walters boyfriend hunt on dating apps. She casually stated that “hetero life is grim,” thus confirming that she herself is not heterosexual. While she didn’t get her chance at love in She-HulkNikki will likely return to the MCU in the future, considering she is Jen’s best friend.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio

Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio in Deadpool
20th Century Studios

Now that Disney has acquired Fox, and with Deadpool 3 coming in 2024, the X-Men will be integrated into the MCU. As such, two mutants will be joining the ranks of LGBTQ+ characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ellie Phimister, more commonly known as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and her girlfriend and teammate, Yukio, are an openly lesbian couple in the MCU. The couple made their debut in Deadpool 2.

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