“Avengers: Endgame” Introduces First Openly Gay Character (Not Really) And It’s Going To Make Zillions At The Box Office (Duh)
I am exhausted this morning because I was up until 2 watching Avengers: Endgame. Listen: it’s three full hours. Full hours. Three of them. AmazinglyI managed not to have to get up and pee during it–still don’t know how. A lot of things happen over the course of those 183 minutes., including the first openly gay character in a Marvel movie. But don’t get a boner over it, it’s a bit part.
Deadline is reporting that Marvel is serving the gays what they are craving: representation! …Sort of. Avengers: Endgame “introduces” the first openly gay character through the use of one of the co-directing Russo Brothers, Joe Russo. In the beginning of the movie, Joe plays a gay man in a support group dealing with the aftermath of all the people vanishing at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. He mentions that he went on his first date since it happened and the person he went on a date with is clearly referred to as a man… And that’s pretty much it. Joe and his brother Anthony Russo were very ready to pat themselves on the back for this. Joe told told Deadline:
“Representation is really important. It was important to us as we did four of these films, we wanted a gay character somewhere in them. We felt it was important that one of us play him, to ensure the integrity and show it is so important to the filmmakers that one of us is representing that. It is a perfect time, because one of the things that is compelling about the Marvel Universe moving forward is its focus on diversity.”
Remember how The Eternals might get a gay? That’s what he’s talking about. Can’t wait. Anthony also is quite pleased with himself, even though the character isn’t a super hero or relevant to the plot or gets screen time ever after those five minutes he’s there:
“The fact that the character is gay will get attention but it isn’t where the scene started. When you have a story point that includes killing half of all humans on Earth, you’re telling a bigger story than The Avengers. So that scene was important to us in telling the story of the larger world. We wanted to have a voice that was talking about the experience of people that went beyond The Avengers. That’s why we felt we really needed it in the movie. Otherwise, it just became too hermetic and insular. That character that Joe is playing really came from that point of view, him being an everyman who has suffered from Thanos’ act.”
They just wanted to keep the gayness “casual”, says Joe:
“We wanted it to be casual, with the fact that the character is gay tied into the fabric of the storytelling and representing what everyday life is. We’re trying to represent everyone in everyday life. These are global movies that reach a lot of people. They are important to a lot of people and everyone has the right to see themselves on the screen and identify somewhere.”
The Russo Brothers fully admit: they are pushing the gay agenda onto you. And they’re taking it global. Anthony said:
“We’ve seen it now even in countries where people countries where homosexuality isn’t as free as it is here. It’s actually one of those elements of these movies that I think resonates in challenged places in the world as well.”
“As filmmakers of a massive franchise we’re saying, we support you.”
How cute. Thanks for the shout out, guys. I mean, I would have preferred seeing Chris Evans’ Captain America whip out his dick and flex his pecs while jerking off onto his shield, but I guess my sexual appetite and social representation are two different things.
But better than equality and gay people seeing themselves in super hero movies is MONEY! Deadline says that Endgame beat out Star Wars: The Force Awakens for top-grossing preview on a Thursday in the US/Canada. Star Wars made $57 million on it’s opening Thursday while Endgame made $60 million last night. People are guessing this means the movie will also end up with a higher Friday, making it the highest earning opening day of all-time estimating Avengers: Endgame will make $120 million in the first day.
It’s the end of an era, even though Scarlett Johansson still has her standalone Black Widow movie coming out, and there’s another Guardians Of The Galaxy on the way, this movie ends the “Infinity Stone” storyline of the Marvel comic universe. But don’t get too sad fanboys and fangirls, if it’s making $120 million in a day expect Disney and Marvel to milk this shit for as long as possible. The merchandise? Oh honey, once all the people see it and everybody knows who lives and dies, that Avengers merch is going to soar. Good, more money for wayward-heir Abigail Disney to tell them to give to the poor-folk.