Marvel Denounces Anti-LGBTQ Laws After Disney’s Response to Florida Bill

Marvel Denounces Anti-LGBTQ Laws After Disney’s Response to Florida Bill

In the wake of Disney’s controversial handling of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill, Marvel Studios comes out in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

Marvel has voiced its support of the LGBTQ+ community after the studios parent company, Disney, received backlash for its controversial handling of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill (officially known as the Parental Rights in Education Bill). Disney has found itself in hot water lately after failing to speak out against the controversial bill in Florida that would ban the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity with school children under 10 years old. Disney CEO Bob Chapek released a memo about the company’s lack of statement against the bill, re-emphasising the company’s support of its LGBTQ+ employees and their communities. However, this was met with criticism from many Disney employees.

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The combined poor response by Disney to the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill, and a recent report from Pixar employees saying Disney censored efforts to increase LGBTQ+ material in Pixar projects, has led to a week-long walkout by LGBTQ+ Disney employees and allies. This has put a special spotlight on the various subsidiaries of Disney, including Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm. The studios being a part of Disney have associated them with the company’s response, which has failed to actively denounced the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill despite calls from Disney and Pixar staff.

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Marvel Studios took to social media to distance itself from the actions of its parent company. In a statement posted to Twitter, the company said that it strongly “denounce[s] any and all legislation that infringes on the basic human right of the LGBTQIA+ community.” The studio pledges to continue its “strong commitment” to being an ally to the LGBTQ+ community by promoting proper of “equality, acceptance and respect.” Read the full statement below:

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Marvel Studios is arguably one of Disney’s most valuable assets, and the studio has recently been taking steps to be increase its LGBTQ+ content. While the studio received backlash after it very briefly portrayed the first gay character in the MCU in the form of a nameless man in Avengers: Endgame (played by the film’s director Joe Russo), Marvel has since made tracks to improving its LGBTQ+ on-screen representation. Last year’s Eternals featured the MCU’s first gay superhero in Phastos, which Marvel boss Kevin Feige said was “just the start” of increased representation. The decision to include Phastos, and Marvel’s refusal to cut scenes featuring the character with his husband and young son, led to several countries refusing to release Eternals. However, even without some markets, Eternals managed to make $402 million worldwide during a global pandemic. The MCU’s LGBTQ+ representation is set to increase further, as the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder will feature Valkyrie, an LGBTQ+ character, “looking for her queen,” according to actor Tessa Thompson. The Young Avengers are also set to be a major part of the MCU moving forward, and two of its members, Wiccan and Hulkling, are two of Marvel’s most prominent gay characters.

Marvel Studios is clearly making an active effort to support the LGBTQ+ community amid the ongoing backlash to Disney’s response. The explicit denouncement of the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill is something that both Disney and Pixar employees have been asking the company to do since its introduction. Marvel’s actions will no doubt be welcomed by the countless staff (as well as their loved ones and community) who are campaigning to see major institutions like Disney staunchly oppose anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and create a more inclusive, diverse industry landscape.

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Source: Marvel Studios

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