Hayley Atwell aka Peggy Carter isn’t just on our Pajiba 10 lists because she’s smart, gorgeous, and starring in one of our favorite shows; she’s on our list because she’s a feminist, who recognizes her character’s truth. And while we already know Peggy is bisexual (Atwell would love to explore Peggy’s relationship with Angie [Lyndsy Fonseca]) — Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige remains behind the curve. Despite the fact that Doctor Strange will feature a genderswapped character played by the SWINTON, Feige recently choked when directly asked about the possibility of adding a LGBTQ character to the MCU. After clarifying the timeline (“[Is there a chance] within the next decade?”), Feige said he’d “think so,” before fumbling through the rest of his answer.
“Well in the drawing board going up to 2019 it remains to be seen. The comics always make the path that we get to have the fun of saying, ‘Yeah let’s choose this way or let’s choose this way’ and I think there are a lot of cool things happening in the comics now that—it’s usually a five to ten-year cycle between when something happens in the comics and when we can do it in the movie, sometimes a little less, but Civil War is certainly about the 10-year mark. Winter Soldier, I think, was around that time. So we always look at stuff that’s happening in the comics and go, ‘Where could we do that?’ Sometimes it’s sooner, but there’s no reason why that couldn’t happen in the next decade or sooner.”
This sounds a lot like Feige’s response when he was asked about a female-led Marvel film.
Basically he seems to be saying the comic should set the precedent, even though they’ve already broken a precedent with the Doctor Strange genderswap? Sorry dude, that makes no sense. Meanwhile, Feige is also an executive producer on Agent Carter, so what’s he going to do if Peggy and Angie do indeed explore their attraction; will that never be acknowledged in the MCU? (What a wasted opportunity if that’s how it plays out.) Perhaps even more disappointing is that this is the perfect moment in time to expand character diversity, and to hear that the MCU could be up to a decade behind the times is disheartening and foolish.