Space adventurer Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) is shown in a polyamorous bisexual relationship in the latest issue of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy comic.
Now just because the comics go one way with a character that doesn’t necessarily mean the films always follow. However this could also be potentially a shot at the Conservative/Christian actor, Chris Pratt, who currently portrays the superhero in the popular Guardians of the Galaxy films. Actor (they/them/person) Ellen Page (now Elliot Page…don’t ask) tried to call out Pratt’s church he attends for being anti-LGBTQ to which Pratt replied “you couldn’t be more wrong.” But since Ellen Page no longer exists I guess its okay to forget everything she said because Elliott Page would never be so combative!
Whether or not Star-Lord’s sexuality will be addressed in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 remains unknown.
While there have been several members of the LGBTQ community portrayed in the Marvel comics, representation has lacked in their on-screen counterparts.
In Avengers: Endgame, co-director Joe Russo played the first gay character to appear in an MCU movie, though he wasn’t a superhero and only appeared in a brief scene.
An openly gay character is set to appear in the upcoming Eternals movie, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said last year.
“He’s married, he’s got a family. And that is just part of who he is,” Feige said of the still unnamed character, speaking with Good Morning America in August 2019.
My take on all this is simply this. To randomly just make a character change their gender identity and or sexual identity just to make headlines is cheap. It doesn’t help sell books and only gets you a handful of shares on social media. I am all for inclusion of LGBTQ characters as long as the character who decides to do it arrives at it naturally through what is called “good writing.” Something most movies, television, and yes comic books lack because they are either more focused on identity politics than creating a proper narrative that makes sense.
Or hell, this might sound crazy Marvel Comics, make up a new character and make that character whatever you want. I mean, what happened to all the great creators in comic books anyways? Oh yeah that’s right, they left both Marvel Comics and DC Comics years ago…