As Avengers: Infinity War comes out to the public this week, with its dozens of superheroes, the lack of LGBT representation will be painfully clear. After all, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) contains precisely zero queer superheroes.
In fact, whenever the company has the chance to incorporate one of its many, many LGBT characters into a global blockbuster, it balks at the opportunity. This even means erasing scenes which reveal a queer character’s sexuality, as happened with Thor: Ragnarok‘s Valkyrie.
Or, more likely, it can mean ignoring canon developed for years, sometimes even decades, in the pages of Marvel’s comic books. For instance, Black Panther‘s lesbian couple were simply rewritten as straight, their queerness completely erased from the incredibly successful film.