The issue of diversity in the superhero multiverse has been brought up yet again. This time, the LGBT community wants to see good old Captain America represented as a queer character.
Soon after the announcement of the latest "Spider-Man" trilogy, Stan Lee, the master comic-writer and creator of many Marvel superheroes we all love, had said Spidey would always be a white, straight male.
He had said in response to the debate over his ethnicity: "I wouldn't mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way... But we originally made him white. I don't see any reason to change that."
Lee had expressed similar sentiments regarding Peter's homosexuality: "I think the world has a place for gay superheroes, certainly. But again, I don't see any reason to change the sexual proclivities of a character once they've already been established. I have no problem with creating new, homosexual superheroes."
However, it would take a long time for a new central superhero to get popular among the comic book community. To turn him or her into a cinematic phenomenon would take even longer. The LGBTQ community feels it has been patient enough. They demand a queer superhero and they want him now.
To this end, they have even started a Twitter trend under #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend, wherein they demand that Steve Rogers be represented as bisexual. Here are some tweets supporting the hashtag:
#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend instead of wanting a new character made to be a role model but let's change an existing straight character
— Steve (@Flygontheepic62) May 24, 2016
Can you imagine kids growing up with LGBTQ superheroes I WANT IT #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend
— pappy cappy (@bulkybarnes) May 24, 2016
#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend because relationships are so much more diverse than boy-meets-girl, let's see it on screen too
— James Bee (@bucky_ebooks) May 24, 2016
#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend is kinda silly considering the two he already has. Maybe leave some dudes for everyone else, Steve??
— Cecil Wilde (@softestpunk) May 24, 2016