Kit Harington is calling out Marvel for lack of gay actors as heroes


Kit Harington might not be willing to spill the tea on Game of Thrones and its final season, but he has no problem calling out Marvel for its lack of gay actors.

Marvel fans may not be alone in wanting to see more diversity and representation in the MCU. In fact, Kit Harington is right there with them, calling out Marvel for their lack of gay actors in their films. In particular, the actor is all about seeing gay actors in leading roles.

While speaking to Variety at the Toronto Film Festival, Harington made it clear that he wants to see gay actors taking on the role of a superhero on the big screen. According to the Game of Thrones star, “There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can’t somehow go hand in hand.”

The actor also questioned when we are going to see a gay actor play a superhero of some sort. Kit Harington specifically addressed Marvel by saying, “That we can’t have someone in a Marvel movie who’s gay in real life and plays some superhero. I mean, when is that going to happen?” And while his comments may have been directed towards Marvel and the MCU, the question itself is an all-encompassing one.

With the MCU having been around longer than the DCEU, it makes sense that fans would be looking to Marvel for these answers since they have been the most prominent when it comes to giving us superheroes on the big screen. It wasn’t until this year that we got Black Panther with a predominantly black cast. And it was the DCEU that gave us its first female superhero movie, Wonder Woman, in 2017.

Although the MCU is clearly beginning to make strides toward more diversity and inclusivity in their movies, Kit Harington is certainly not wrong in pointing out that sexuality is an important part of the representation. LGBTQ representation has been lacking in most of the comic book movies we have seen. In fact, as reported at the time that Thor: Ragnarok was released, there was a scene that directly implied Valkyrie was bisexual that was cut from the final film.

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Kit Harington is not alone in wanting to see more inclusivity in the MCU. And while we will all clearly have to continue waiting to see a gay actor don a superhero mantle, it is the voices of people like Harington that will help make the desire for inclusion a reality. If we continue to voice our desire for more diversity, perhaps the studios will listen and give us what we want.