Avengers star Brie Larson tells Marvel to ‘move faster’ with gay superhero

Brie Larson in a purple dress

Captain Marvel actor Brie Larson has called on Marvel to introduce its first LGBT+ superhero.

Larson spoke about the importance of “diverse storytelling” in a sit-down interview with Variety’s Marc Malkin.

“I’m happy to be on the forefront of the normalisation of this type of content and to prove once again that representation matters,” she said in a video released on Thursday (April 25).

“Diverse storytelling matters, the female experience matters, and these are markers.”

“Diverse storytelling matters, the female experience matters.”

—Brie Larson

When Malkin told Larson that as a child, he didn’t think he would ever grow up to see a gay superhero on screen, the star told him that she was heart-broken.

“That breaks my heart to hear that, because there’s no reason,” she said.

“I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero.

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in Avengers: Endgame. (Marvel)

“So to me it’s like, we gotta move faster. But I’m always wanting to move faster with this stuff.”

Marvel has made great strides in terms of representation with the release of Black Panther—its first to feature a mostly-black cast, and Captain Marvel—its first stand-alone led by a woman, but it is yet to to produce a film led by an LGBT+ hero.

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