Avengers: Endgame’s gay character reveal is insulting, not progressive
Avengers: Endgame was always going to be a hit. It’s the culmination of a 22-movies long story spanning over a decade, and boasts a ginormous A-list cast that has the collective power to drive at least half the world’s population to the cinema. So, directors Anthony and Joe Russo really didn’t need to shoehorn 30 seconds of gay representation into a three-hour film that was all but guaranteed to top $1 billion in its opening weekend. (It, in fact, grossed $1.2 billion.) The directors’ intention seems genuine—to be inclusive and progressive in a way that few Disney, and certainly no Marvel Studios, films have been before. But Marvel’s attempt at openly gay representation feels more insulting than radical. If you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame, please be warned there are some very minor (no, really, so inconsequential!) spoilers below. Avengers: Endgame‘s gay representation problem Early on in Endgame, Captain America (Chris Evans) attends a support group meeting for survivors of Thanos’s snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, which wiped out half the world’s population. There, a man, played by co-director Joe Russo, who lost his partner because of the snap, recalls how he went on a date with a guy recently but
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