Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 hits theaters in less than two weeks, and everyone is wondering how it will compare to the incredible original. A lot has changed since the first film, with a more cohesive team, some new members, and a whole new adventure (that includes a reunion between Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his long-lost father). Early reviews are positive, if not quite as gushing as they were for Guardians of the Galaxy, and there will be plenty of big reveals for audiences in May.
One of the biggest reveals may even be the introduction of an LGBTQ character into the MCU, if not in Vol. 2, then in the next installment: Guardians of the Galaxy 3. James Gunn has previously said that he would love to see this in his Marvel movies, but now the director has talked about the possibility in a little more detail.
Earlier this month, Digital Spy reported that Gunn would like to include an LGBTQ character, and even hinted that there might already be on one the team.
“Absolutely. I would love to be able to [feature a gay hero]. We might have already done that. I say watch the movie. Check it out. See what you think.”
Now, Gunn has elaborated on that cryptic comment, clarifying that the sexuality of the characters is not something that is very well explored in the films. This means, of course, that any of the characters could be LGBTQ, and it simply hasn’t come into play just yet. (Again, from Digital Spy.)
“What I meant to say is this: There are a lot of gay people in the world. There are a lot of bisexual people in the world. There are a lot of characters in the MCU. We’ve barely gotten to know the sexuality of any of those characters.
We know Gamora and Quill are interested in each other. That’s about the only sexual relationship that exists within the Guardians. We know Drax has a past with a wife so he’s got some sort of interest in women.
But we don’t really know who’s gay and who’s not. It could be any of them.”
As Gunn points out, romance hasn’t been a big part of the Guardians’ story so far (nor does it really need to be). Star-Lord has something of a crush on Gamora (Zoe Saldana), but this is only a minor subplot in the original film. We can also assume that because Ego (Kurt Russell) had a child with a woman (Star-Lord’s mother), that there is some interest in women there, but he is not a member of the Guardians. In addition, he is a planet, so ascribing gender to a heavenly body seems a little arbitrary.
This is phenomenal news for those fans who would like to see some LGBTQ representation in the MCU, and it is especially wonderful to see that Gunn is not discounting bisexual characters, or assuming that because Star-Lord and Drax (Dave Bautista) are interested in women, that means that they are straight.
However, this doesn’t mean that there are any non-straight romantic subplots in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, or that there is going to be a definite LGBTQ character in the third film. That Gunn would like to include one doesn’t guarantee that he will, although it would certainly help bring a little more diversity to the MCU.