‘Captain Marvel’ Directors On Why They Didn’t Explore Carol Danvers’ Sexuality

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During an interview with ComicBookMovie.com, Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck shared their thoughts on fans hoping Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first LGBTQ superhero and discussed why the character’s sexuality wasn’t explored in her own film.

After Captain Marvel debuted in theaters, fans began expressing their hope that the character would become the MCU’s first LGBTQ superhero. Those hopes grew after Brie Larson discussed the need for more diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo confirmed the MCU’s first LGTBQ superhero would be revealed soon.

Captain Marvel certainly left the door open for such a possibility considering the sexuality of Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers was not addressed one way or the other, which directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck told ComicBookMovie was partly due to the focus of the character’s self-discovery journey being centered on her friendship with Maria Rambeau. Ryan Fleck also shared his thoughts on the fans who are hoping Carol Danvers’ will be LGTBQ:

“That was one of those things when we were in the writing stage, and the sky was the limit and the movie could be anything, we were discussing: ‘Are we going to get into any type of romantic relationship with this character?’ It wasn’t like there was a philosophical opposition to pursuing that storyline; it just came down to real estate in the story we were telling. We knew we were telling a story of self discovery and we wanted friendship, and her friendship with Maria, to be a huge part of that. There was no room for any romantic storyline for us. I know people have made their own conclusions about that and I think that’s part of the fun of making these movies is that they become the audience’s movies and they get to create any kind of narrative they want for what’s happening off the screen. For us, as storytellers, it’s a friendship and a story about that and self-discovery.”

Would you like to see Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel become the MCU’s first LGTBQ superhero? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

Captain Marvel will be available on Digital HD starting May 28, 2019, followed by an Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD release on June 11.

Source: ComicBookMovie

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