Brie Larson became the first woman to lead a Marvel movie solo when she starred in Captain Marvel earlier this year. The actress has been a champion of diversity since long before her role in the major franchise, but with her new platform as a Marvel star, she's become an even louder voice, and while Hollywood has been doing a lot in recent years to better diversify, including Marvel Studios, Larson would love to see this all happen much faster.
In a conversation with Mark Malkin of the Big Ticket podcast, the host relates a conversation he had with Marvel producer Victoria Alonso in which she said it was time to have an LGBTQ superhero. Brie Larson clearly agrees, and actually seems to feel that it's long past time for such things to have happened. According to Larson...
I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero. So to me it’s like, we gotta move faster. But I’m always wanting to move faster with this stuff.
To be fair, Brie Larson clearly thinks that Marvel, overall, is doing a positive job with representation, saying they are at the forefront of changing story structures and norms, such as the fact that Captain Marvel doesn't need a love interest.
The issue isn't that things aren't changing for the better, it's that in Larson's eyes things just aren't changing fast enough, though even she admits she's somewhat impatient in this regard.
If you're the person who is underrepresented on the screen, even knowing that things will get there eventually, it can certainly be hard when you want it all fixed now.
Marvel has made a commitment to increase diversity before, though exactly what form that will take is largely unclear. We do know that Shang-Chi is one of the movies in the slate for the upcoming next phase of the MCU, which will make an Asian superhero the star for the first time in the franchise. The film is also being directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the director of Short Term 12, which happened to star Brie Larson, which means the film will be helmed by an Asian-American as well.
Also behind the camera, it's been reported that Cate Shorland has been hired to direct the upcoming Black Widow movie.
However, while race and gender diversity are taking some positive steps forward, LGBTQ inclusion is still very much in its infancy at Marvel. The recent Avengers: Endgame was actually the first Marvel film to include a character of any kind who was clearly gay. Hopefully, that's a first step on the way to an LGBTQ superhero. Considering how little we know about the future of the MCU, it's certainly possible there could be plans for such a thing as early as the next phase.