The new ‘Power Rangers’ movie is getting a lot of buzz. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this makes ‘Power Rangers’ a truly ground-breaking movie – featuring the first ever open gay superhero on the big screen. “Power Rangers is breaking down a barrier no superhero movie has before,” they explain.
GLAAD, an organisation which calls for greater representation of LGBT people in the media, has challenged Disney to introduce gay characters to the ‘Star Wars’ universe. The comments come as part of GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index report, which overall found that LGBT characters are often reduced to being token characters.
The ‘Captain America: Civil War’ directors also spoke about taking risks - even percieved Hollywood risks, like introducing a gay character - and how the MCU’s continued success makes taking those risks easier. Marvel Studios has been slow to diversify its cinematic offering in terms of leading characters and which of them get their own films - but it is still making progress quicker than other major studios. In February 2018 'Black Panther’ will become the first film in the MCU led by a person of colour, then in 2018 Evangeline Lilly’s character becomes the first woman to become a title character in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp’ before 'Captain Marvel’ becomes the first woman to star in her own solo movie in 2019.