Kit Harington Calls Marvel Out For Lack Of LGBTQ Representation
"There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can’t somehow go hand in hand."
Marvel has had a representation issue for a while, they know it, we know it and apparently Kit Harington knows it.
The Game of Thrones star had a chat with Variety where he discussed LGBTQ+ representation in Hollywood, calling out Marvel specifically.
"There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can’t somehow go hand in hand," Harington said.
"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?"
As a minor note, Tessa Thompson, who starred in Thor: Ragnarok as the bisexual badass Valkyrie came out as queer (without attaching a label to herself) soon after the release of the film.
Marvel was slow off the blocks to move away from films starring white men (oft named Chris), resisting the need to cast more women as they relied heavily on Scarlett Johansson as The One Woman In The Avengers.
However, after Warner Bros' release of Wonder Woman and the massive success of catering to more diverse audiences, Marvel were quick to diversify their release schedule.
The release of Black Panther was a huge, huge success critically and also financially, smashing the box office and dominating well after its release date.
Marvel have also been long teasing their first female-led film Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson and hits cinemas early next year.
But even Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, recognised the lack of LGBTQ+ representation in his slate of films, promising to change that in the near future.
In June Feige said the studio would be including out LGBTQ characters in future films.
Harington was being interviewed at the Toronto International Film Festival for his film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan alongside cast mates Thandie Newton and director Xavier Dolan.
Dolan also spoke about the effect social media has had on queer folk in the industry, saying that when he first began writing Donovan "Instagram was there but... in the past year there have been so many young, queer actors that have came out through social media."
"Does that mean that the industry has changed in how it regards this talent and the opportunities that it wants to or doesn't want to offer them and provide them with?"
Dolan spoke about friends of his in the industry who have made the choice to come out, "They say, 'I'm now free but I also know that I'm not going to get the career I once wanted, but I'm at peace with that because at least I can be who I am'."
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